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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Woodwind students opening the free boxes of wind accessories from The D'Addario Foundation.

9/16/16 – Thank You to The D’Addario Foundation!

Many, many thanks to The D’Addario Foundation for the 2 huge boxes of woodwind reeds and accessories as part of the Foundation’s Giveaway! Our wind students were so happy. They said it felt like Christmas!  

Our Orchestra, along with Amalia Diaz, Orchestra Director.

9/7/16 – Starting off our new year!

Just some pics from this past week. We are excited for a new year of music and memories at YoSal!

8/24/16 – Attention YoSal Students and Families!

Hope you’ve all enjoyed your Summer break! We’re excited to begin our new year. We’ve been in contact with you already, but just a reminder – we will start our new year on Monday, August 29th at our NEW location – CSUMB @ North Salinas (entrance on 111 Navajo Dr). Students from the Alisal District (Chavez and Sanchez Schools) will join us on Tuesday, September 6th also at our new location. Our Parent Info Meeting (for Orchestra and Pre-Orchestra only) will be held at our new location – CSUMB @ North Salinas – on Monday, August 29th @ 6:30pm inside the cafeteria. (Please […]

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Student Testimonials

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….

Andrea Morales

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

About YoSal

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 is a non-profit organization that 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.

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