Meet our Maestro

In the heart of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (AYSO) vibrant performances lies the passion and expertise of Maestro Nicholas Wallin. With a baton in hand and a wealth of experience, Wallin leads AYSO with a commitment to musical excellence and educational enrichment.

Nicholas Wallin’s journey into music began in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his early years were filled with the sounds of piano and tuba. His academic pursuits led him to Northwestern University, where he not only mastered his musical skills but also delved into mathematics, showcasing his diverse talents. Further honing his craft, Wallin achieved advanced degrees in tuba performance and orchestral conducting from prestigious institutions like the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Minnesota.

Wallin’s professional career is marked by significant achievements and contributions to the musical world. As an Associate Professor at Lake Forest College, he shapes the minds of young musicians, instilling in them the values of dedication and creativity. His tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Mid-Columbia Symphony highlights his ability to lead and inspire, bringing out the best in both the music and the musicians.

Beyond the podium, Wallin is a fervent advocate for music education. His belief in the transformative power of music drives him to engage with communities, sharing his knowledge and passion with aspiring musicians of all ages. This dedication to education is mirrored in his leadership of AYSO, where he nurtures the next generation of musical talent, fostering an environment of learning and growth.

Wallin’s influence extends beyond the concert hall. His work as a guest conductor and adjudicator across the United States has made a lasting impact on the musical landscape, enriching the cultural fabric with each performance.

As AYSO continues to thrive under Wallin’s guidance, the orchestra not only celebrates its rich history but also looks forward to a future filled with harmonious possibilities. Wallin’s vision for AYSO encompasses a blend of tradition and innovation, ensuring that the orchestra remains a beacon of musical excellence and education.

Nicholas Wallin’s leadership and passion resonates in every note played by the AYSO. His story is a testament to the power of music to inspire, educate, and unite, making Wallin not just a conductor, but a true maestro in every sense of the word. For more info about Maestro Wallin, visit 

To experience the full harmony of Wallin’s contributions to the AYSO and the world of music, join us at our upcoming performances and witness the magic that unfolds under his baton. You can learn more about us at AYSO visit