Welcome to Youth Orchestra Salinas!

Our Mission is to transform the lives of our Youth and our communities through the inspiration, discipline and performance of classical ensemble music.

Latest News

12/8/16 – Monterey County Gives!

Hello YOSAL Family and Friends! It’s that time of year – we are participating, once again, in the Monterey County Gives! campaign. YOSAL is one of the many non-profits that you can give to through MC Gives. Please click the link below and choose Youth Orchestra Salinas (alphabetized under “Education & Youth”) and enter the amount you’d like to give. Thank you so much for your support! Donate to Youth Orchestra Salinas through Monterey County Gives!

12/8/16 – YOSAL article in the Monterey Herald!

Check out this great article about YOSAL in today’s Monterey Herald! Thanks to Claudia Melendez Salinas for the write-up!

12/6/16 – This week’s concerts. . .

We have two concerts this week: 1) Today (12/6) at 6:30pm, our Los Padres Juniors Winter Concert will be held at Los Padres Elementary School (1130 John St) in the Donna Vaughan MPR! 2) Thursday (12/8) at 7:30pm, our Orchestra Concert will be held at the Fox Theater (241 Main St) in downtown Salinas! As always, our concerts are free and open the public. Hope to see you there!

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Student Testimonials

Thank you Amalia for pushing me to do better with my instrument and to play notes correctly. You encouraged me to do better and to put all my effort when playing my instrument. You are the best teacher ever and you are very pretty. I am very happy that I applied to this music program because it’s the best thing in my life. I absolutely love playing my instrument….

Andrea Morales

I thank all of my teachers for an education, for my instrument, and a future…. I also want to thank Mr. Becker for helping me with my problems…

Juan Arevalo


We are a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of our youth and communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of classical ensemble music.
El Sistema USA/Salinas, Inc., DBA The Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL), was founded in the Summer of 2010, as an El Sistema-inspired orchestral and choral education program. El Sistema is a bold and ambitious systematic approach to community enhancement and the creation of community values through orchestral and ensemble playing and singing. Students engage in rigorous daily practice and rehearsals, perform regularly on stage and throughout the community, and learn the importance of becoming responsible citizens. Our staff of 18, supplemented with over a dozen coaches provided by the Monterey Symphony, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and Youth Music Monterey, offer music education each day after school to students in Salinas from kindergarten through high school. We are currently serving over 250 students from 25 different schools in four school districts. YOSAL is divided into three programs: Orchestra (middle/high school), Pre-Orchestra (2nd-6th), and Juniors (kinder-2nd). Working with local school boards and social organizations, YOSAL is tuition-free program and operates year-round. In addition to providing musical training and enrichment, YOSAL teaches respect, responsibility, cooperation, community service, empathy and dedication. Surveys have shown that YOSAL students benefit from improved study habits, improved grades, better relationships both at home and in school, and improved self-esteem and confidence.

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