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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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

Woodwind students opening the free boxes of wind accessories from The D'Addario Foundation.

9/16/16 – Thank You to The D’Addario Foundation!

Many, many thanks to The D’Addario Foundation for the 2 huge boxes of woodwind reeds and accessories as part of the Foundation’s Giveaway! Our wind students were so happy. They said it felt like Christmas!  

Our Orchestra, along with Amalia Diaz, Orchestra Director.

9/7/16 – Starting off our new year!

Just some pics from this past week. We are excited for a new year of music and memories at YoSal!

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Student Testimonials

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

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

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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