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

YOSAL at the Oldtown Marketplace! (3/11/17)

Our Pre-Orchestra program had another fun-filled performance at the Oldtown Marketplace in the Salinas City Center this past Saturday, March 11th! Check out some photos below.

2/27/17 – Daedalus Quartet (via Chamber Music Monterey Bay)

Many thanks to Chamber Music Monterey Bay for bringing the world-renowned Daedalus Quartet to work with our Orchestra last Friday! It was a great, educational experience for all!

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!

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Student Testimonials

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


El Sistema USA/Salinas, Inc., dba The Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL), is non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of our youth and communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of classical ensemble music. Founded in the Summer of 2010, YOSAL is an El Sistema-inspired orchestral and choral education program. Under the direction of YOSAL Teaching Artists and coaches from the Monterey Symphony, Bach Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival, students from kindergarten through high school engage in daily practice and music classes after school, perform regularly on stage in one of the orchestras, our choir, or one of several music ensembles. They learn to be responsible citizens and develop interpersonal and collaborative skills as their self-confidence grows. Working with local school boards and social organizations, YOSAL is tuition-free program and operates year-round. 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. We are currently serving 250 students from 25 different schools in four school districts throughout the city of Salinas.

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