Welcome to Youth Orchestra Salinas!

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


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11/17 – Pre-Orchestra Fall Concert

Our Pre-Orchestra concert will be on Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:30pm. Located in the Cafeteria at Sherwood Elementary School (110 Wood St).  


Orchestra’s October 4th Concert, 2015 at The Western Stage

YOSAL’s Orchestra had an amazing concert on October 4th at Hartnell College’s The Western Stage. It was a revamping of their Spring Concert, “Music From the Screen.” A few highlights were the […]

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I learn a lot here in Yosal. Music is really fun. I’ve noticed how the whole orchestra has progressed since last year. We’ve been getting really good because of you guys. Without the awesome teachers, I think we would still be playing Ode To Joy instead of Brandenburg….

Angela Hernandez

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

Our Mission

To transform the lives of our youth and our communities through inspiration, discipline and performance of classical ensemble music.
Introducing Yosal--
A way to connect and transform (Amalia Diaz)
Imagine an environment where the orchestral family replaces negative alternatives, a fun-filled atmosphere where children develop respect for others, self-discipline, cooperation, and strive for excellence, learning life skills that are the foundation for building a strong society. Imagine the pride of every neighborhood being its youth orchestra. Imagine a system of quality youth orchestras engaged in joyful, rigorous music making throughout Monterey County. This vision can become reality through a collaboration of youth, families, schools, organizations and people in California and beyond. YOSAL is an El Sistema-inspired music program for the Salinas Valley and the surrounding region. Conceptualized more than 35 years ago by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, his efforts ignited a revolution in the world of classical music as thousands of students from the most under served communities of Venezuela began studying music each day after school.