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

YMM Concert in Carmel (with YOSAL!) on Sunday, 2/26/17

Youth Music Monterey‘s Winter Concert is just around the corner on Sunday, February 26th @ 3pm at the Sunset Center in Carmel. YOSAL’s Advanced Orchestra (Phoenix) will be featured guests at the concert! Tickets are available at http://www.youthmusicmonterey.org/events/buy-tickets/ or call YMM’s office (831) 375-1992 for more info. Come on out and support music and the youth in our communities!

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!

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Student Testimonials

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

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


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.