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

3/27/17 – Spring 2017 Newsletter!

Take a look at our latest newsletter to see what’s been going on in YoSal over the past few months. We also have our upcoming events and performances listed on the last page. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, foundations, community partners, board members, staff and parents, all of whom make our YoSal program possible! (And many thanks, once again, to Arturo Rios, one of our Program Assistants, for his hard work on our newsletter designs!) Click the link below to read and see the full newsletter. YOSAL Spring 2017 Newsletter.  

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!

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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

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


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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