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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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 […]

Pictures from the Photo Booth at our Parent Appreciation Night! – 4/25/17

Here are some pics from the photo booth at our Parent Appreciation Night last week. We had a fun time celebrating our parents and families. Thank you to all who came out and supported! Head over to our Facebook page to see all the pics.

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.  

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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

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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