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.

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11/8/16 – Our New Sign!

Our new sign was put up today! Many thanks to California State University Monterey Bay and their wonderful Community Partnership with YOSAL.

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11/5/16 – Carmel Bach Festival and YOSAL!

The Carmel Bach Festival is presenting a Family Concert tomorrow at Ariel Theatrical (320 Main St) in downtown Salinas – “The Epic Adventures of Leonard and Rasmus Around the World.” The concert will be narrated in Spanish by Robert Gomez, and YOSAL will also be featured on a few of the performances. Come on out and join us for this fun, family event! Saturday, 11/5/16 @ 4pm at Ariel Theatrical. Tickets are $10. Visit the Carmel Bach Festival website for more info.

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10/12/16 – Fall 2016 Newsletter!

Check out our latest newsletter to see what’s been going on in YOSal over the past few months, as well as some exciting recent news! On the last page, you can also view our  upcoming events and concerts. Huge “Thank You!” to Arturo Rios, one of our awesome Program Assistants, for his hard work on the newsletter design! Click the link below to read and see the full newsletter. (A Spanish version of the newsletter will be ready soon, as well!) Fall 2016 Newsletter

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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

Dear Miran,

Thank you for everything you have taught me… You are an awesome teacher and basically play every instrument. I like how you always choose me to audition for the solos. You are the best teacher.

Miguel Mejia

About YoSal

The Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YoSal) was founded in 2010, and became part of El Sistema USA - the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs. El Sistema, ("The System") is a bold and ambitious systematic approach to the creation of community values through orchestral and ensemble playing and singing. Students engage in rigorous daily practice, perform regularly on stage and learn to be responsible citizens. They develop a better understanding of the world around them and the importance of respect, teamwork, and accountability. They learn that these are the kinds of empowering tools that can change the direction of their lives and realize how much they can accomplish.

YoSal is a non-profit organization that offers music education after school to students in Salinas from kindergarten to high school. We are currently serving nearly 300 students from 25 different schools throughout the city. YoSal is currently divided into three programs: Orchestra, Pre-Orchestra, and Juniors. Working with local school boards and social organizations, YoSal is tuition-free for all students and operates year-round. In addition to providing musical training and enrichment, YoSal teaches respect, responsibility, cooperation, self-confidence, and dedication.

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