Ashland Symphony Director Michael Repper wins Grammy

Michael Repper conducting the New York Youth Symphony.

Ashland Symphony Orchestra Director Michael Repper became the youngest conductor to win a Grammy on Feb. 5 for Best Orchestral Performance.

The New York Youth Symphony played “Works” by Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery and Valerie Coleman.

This was the first time a youth orchestra won this award, Repper pointed out during his acceptance speech. The group is made up of 80 kids with ages ranging from 12 to 22.

“This award is an affirmation of the raw impact that young people can have; they are empowered to give it their all and have the opportunity and resources to go there,” Repper said. “I’m so proud of the young musicians for rallying behind this idea and that we get to bring home gold together.”

The album was recorded during the pandemic in November 2020.

“I’m so proud of how this project brought together our community during this difficult time of the pandemic, and it affirms to me the power that music can have in our everyday lives,” he said.

Repper will have his last concert with the New York Youth Symphony on May 28, but he will continue working as the Music Director for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m very proud of what we have accomplished at the Ashland Symphony in just a short time,” Repper said. “I am excited for what the future brings together with this excellent organization.”

The Ashland Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Archer Auditorium and tickets will be available at