Our mission is to transform the lives of our youth and our communities through the inspiration, discipline and performance of classical and orchestral music.
El Sistema USA/Salinas, Inc., dba The Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL), is a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of our youth and communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of classical and orchestral 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, Carmel 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.