Our mission is to transform the lives of our youth and our communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of classical and orchestral music.
The Big Idea
The Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL) serves the most vulnerable community in Salinas. They offer a youth development program through which music education and performance build confidence, discipline and life skills for low-income, at-risk kids. Knowing that they are the future leaders of our community, students are taught to have high expectations of themselves and
their peers, and to strive for excellence in all that they do in a disciplined musical training program. The power of music to bring people together has not gone away during the pandemic, but their ability to actually get together is limited for now. YOSAL created the Salinas Summer Symphony to offer virtual community concerts, allowing students the chance to perform as a group while they are unable to meet in person, and also inviting other Salinas community members to partake.
YOSAL is a place where you don’t have to be afraid to be yourself, and you get to meet new friends while learning music in a fun and educational way. Every year YOSAL creates cool events for us to be involved in and we get to perform in front of a crowd. Even though it may make you nervous, the
feeling of everyone applauding and smiling at you makes you confident. Also, YOSAL is not all about music; sometimes we go on fun field trips, too. I’m proud to say that I am part of YOSAL.
- Yaritza Villafuerte, 12