4/4/16 – YoSal Students Accepted into the National Take a Stand Festival in Colorado!

We have exciting news: four of our YoSal students auditioned and have been accepted into the National Take a Stand Festival held at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado this Summer! Xin Yu Zhou will be representing YoSal on violin, Andrea Macias on viola, and both Kevin Do and Sharon Ortega on percussion. Congratulations to our students! The NTASF was developed in part by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is a means of uniting students from various El Sistema USA-inspired programs across the country. Students from similar programs like YoSal auditioned to be part of the national youth orchestra camps held in the western region […]

3/12/16 – Pre-Orchestra at the Kinship Center

Three of our Teaching Artists in our Pre-Orchestra program (Michael Gomez, Isabel Guerrero, and Felisha Garcia) took about 25 of our Pre-Orchestra students to the Kinship Center this past Saturday for a mini workshop and performance. We had parents and families from the Kinship Center and YoSal participate in this wonderful event! We followed up the music with some fun at Toro Park. Thanks so much to Jennifer Acevedo and Harriet Paskins at the Kinship Center for having us out again. We look forward to more collaboration in the Summer!

3/12/16 – BSLT Day Camp

YoSal students from the Orchestra went to Marks Ranch right next to Toro Park this past Saturday, 3/12, for a day camp with the Big Sur Land Trust. Trent Hodges, Outdoor Programs Coordinator for BSLT, describes how the day unfolded below: “On March 12, nine YOSAL students joined Big Sur Land Trust for a day out at the spectacular Marks Ranch right next to Toro Park.  The recent rains have covered the hills in green and the wildflowers have just begun to bloom setting the stage for a magical experience in nature.  The YOSAL kids were joined by professional wildlife biologist […]