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 (Colorado) and in the eastern region (New York) of the U.S. this Summer. Our four students, along with the rest of the students accepted into the festival camps, will have the opportunity to work with world-renowned musicians, conductors, and artists for the entire week of the festival. The whole trip – food, travel, housing, meals, etc. – is completely free for the students, and is made possible by the LA Phil and partnering organizations.
To learn more about this festival and what our YoSal students will be doing, check out the official Press Release.
Big congratulations, once again, to Xin Yu, Andrea, Kevin, and Sharon for your hard work and dedication to your instruments and to the YoSal program. And huge thanks and congrats to our wonderful, talented orchestra conductors and teaching artists – Amalia Diaz, Miran McPoland, David Giertz, and Greg Smith.
(From left to right: Amalia Diaz – Orchestra Director, Miran McPoland – Strings, David Giertz – Percussion, and Greg Smith – Brass.)