Armenian-American conductor Tigran Arakelyan is the Music Director of Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras and Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra. Arakelyan held various associate and assistant conducting positions with California Philharmonic, Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Northridge Youth Philharmonic, University of Washington Symphony, and CSU Northridge Symphony. Seattle Weekly described his interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony Nr. 1 as "confident, convincing, lyrically phrased, and excellent tempo". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator called him a "rising star".