The Phoenix Youth Symphony began in 1952 and strives to develop musical abilities and technical skills in young instrumentalists and encourages the appreciation of classical music in the community.
Katzen is a French horn teacher and player, and, since September 2008, has been the Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Arizona School of Music in Tucson. Prior to that, he was Second Horn in the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) from April 1979 to August 2008. He is a recitalist, chamber musician, clinician and soloist and has appeared in 22 states and 25 countries in 5000 performances and master classes. He can be heard on virtually all recordings with the BSO and the Boston Pops from 1979-2000, and has also recorded with the Empire Brass and other chamber groups.