YOSAL’s 2015 Summer Program
YOSAL successfully produced an exciting Summer program. Conducted at Kammann Elementary School for six weeks culminating in a final concert that was completed with a family BBQ for 125 Salinas students, graciously served by our wonderful YOSAL board members. The program highlighted the many colors of “American” music.
Dr. Asmar Samra, Monterey Symphony musicologist and guest speaker, presented the students with a context for their summer efforts delving into the many timbres of the American music genre. They learned that whether listening to the jazz of Louis Armstrong or the Symphonic music of Aaron Copland, the cumulative body of music in this country is rich and diverse.
The YOSAL Orchestra performed brilliantly at the Salinas Rodeo during the Cowboy Poetry event. Students form the pre-orchestra program performed at the Maya Cinemas for “First Fridays” Art Walk in Oldtown Salinas and showed the art pieces they prepared with the help of local artist Patricia Sullivan-Triumpho. Also, the Orchestra’s honors quartet participated and performed at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Carmel as a part of the Baumer String Quartet Ensemble Workshop.
Unanimously, the highlight of the Summer was the program’s field trip to the Carmel Bach Festival’s open rehearsal and a playful afternoon at Carmel Beach. The final week began with a post-concert day trip to Big Sur for hiking, Native American dance, drumming, and singing. We are extremely grateful to the Carmel Bach Festival and the Big Sur Land Trust for making these rewarding experiences possible to our students. Every Monday throughout the summer, everyone got their rhythmic groove going for the week with a Zumba class.
Thank you to our many volunteers, special guests, contributing partner organizations, and board. We look forward to even greater things in the Summers to come!