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.
Our Spring Concerts for both Orchestra and Pre-Orchestra are coming up! They’ll be combined on one night – Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30pm at the Fox Theater (241 S Main St) in Oldtown Salinas. It will be a fun night, full of lively music, perfect for the whole family! Come on out and support our students and staff!
Tuesday, May 17th @ 6:30pm – Our Juniors program held at Los Padres School will perform their Spring Musical, “The 3 Piggy Opera.” Los Padres School (1130 John St) in the Small Cafeteria. ———————— Thursday, May 19th @ 6:30pm – Our Juniors program at Kammann School will also be performing “The 3 Piggy Opera.” Kammann School (521 Rochex Ave) in the Cafeteria. Come on out and support our youngest YoSal students!
Students from our Pre-Orchestra program performed at the Oldtown Marketplace on Saturday, 4/9/16. They did an excellent job! Congrats to Teaching Artists Michael Gomez, Felisha Garcia, Isabel Guerrero, Liz Baseman and Tyler Reilly for their hard work with the students!
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.
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….
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 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.