10/12/16 – Fall 2016 Newsletter!

Check out our latest newsletter to see what’s been going on in YOSal over the past few months, as well as some exciting recent news! On the last page, you can also view our  upcoming events and concerts. Huge “Thank You!” to Arturo Rios, one of our awesome Program Assistants, for his hard work on the newsletter design! Click the link below to read and see the full newsletter. (A Spanish version of the newsletter will be ready soon, as well!)

Fall 2016 Newsletter

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 check our calendar for start dates and parent meetings for our Juniors programs.) As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at (831) 756-5335 or info@yosal.org

See you soon!


5/16/16 – Upcoming Spring Concert!

Our Spring Concerts for both Orchestra and Pre-Orchestra are coming up! They’ll be combined on one night – Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30pm at the Fox Theater (241 S Main St) in Oldtown Salinas. It will be a fun night, full of lively music, perfect for the whole family! Come on out and support our students and staff!


Tuesday, May 17th @ 6:30pm – Our Juniors program held at Los Padres School will perform their Spring Musical, “The 3 Piggy Opera.” Los Padres School (1130 John St) in the Small Cafeteria.


Thursday, May 19th @ 6:30pm – Our Juniors program at Kammann School will also be performing “The 3 Piggy Opera.” Kammann School (521 Rochex Ave) in the Cafeteria.

Come on out and support our youngest YoSal students!

4/9/16 – Pre-Orchestra at the Oldtown Marketplace!

Students from our Pre-Orchestra program performed at the Oldtown Marketplace on Saturday, 4/9/16. They did an excellent job! Congrats to Teaching Artists Michael Gomez, Felisha Garcia, Isabel Guerrero, Liz Baseman and Tyler Reilly for their hard work with the students!



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 (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.

DSC_0957(From left to right: Amalia Diaz – Orchestra Director, Miran McPoland – Strings, David Giertz – Percussion, and Greg Smith – Brass.)

Mr Michael leading one of our "openers." Openers often include partners, singing, hand-clapping, and movement.

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!