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.

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7/18/17 – Summer 2017 Newsletter!

Find out what YoSal’s been up to this past Spring in our Summer Newsletter! Click the link below to read and see the full newsletter. Summer 2017 Newsletter

Summer Program 2017

Our Summer Program is off to a great start! Five more fun, musical-filled weeks to go!

Spring Concert 2017!

Our Spring Concert, featuring both the Pre-Orchestra and Orchestra, is this week, Thursday, May 18th! The concert starts at 6:30pm at the Fox Theater (241 Main St) in downtown Salinas. There will be a wide range of musical performances and genres from popular Spiritual, “Wade in the Water,” to a selection from Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” to some fun and lively Mariachi music! There will also be a special presentation and promotion ceremony during the “intermission.” Come on out and support our students and staff in their final concert of the semester! Doors open at 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public, but donations […]

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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

About YOSAL

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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