Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA)Fast Facts
YOSA musicians number than 1,500 and come from more than 115 schools in 17 schooldistricts.Students are ethnically diverse
50% Hispanic, 37% Caucasian, 6% African American, 3% Asian.More than 1/3 of YOSA performers receive tuition assistance; more than 60% receive freeprograms through community partnerships.
368 students are arranged into 5 orchestras with weekly rehearsals and ten concerts annually.Musicians with one- to two-years of playing experience begin in YOSA Prelude Strings. Asstudents grow and improve, they may graduate into Capriccio Strings, Sinfonietta Strings andYOSA Symphony, all of which require a progressive level of skill and ensemble experience.The most experienced student musicians in the region perform with the YOSA Philharmonic,performing professional-level repertoire in premier venues here and abroad, collaboratingregularly with internationally renowned soloists and composers.YOSA Philharmonic has represented San Antonio on 9 international tours, most recently Chinain 2010 and London in 2012.
Summer Symphony Camp
In July each summer, more than 200 students convene for a two-week day camp hosted at
Saint Mary’s Hall with some of San Antonio’s finest music teachers and professional musicians
as faculty. YOSA has been offering summer camp since 1985; the program has recentlyexpanded to include winds, brass and percussion.
School and Community Partnerships
The YOSA Roosevelt Compact, supported by the Rackspace Foundation, supports transformingthe musical experience of the Roosevelt High School students and the six middle andelementary schools which feed into it. YOSA provides private lessons, sectional coaches,clinicians, concert tickets and YOSA tuition assistance.
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