Mission & Profile


The mission of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, the premier orchestral experience for youth citywide, is to enhance education, enrich the community, and transform lives by pursuing excellence in classical music in a stimulating, nurturing, and fun environment that is equally accessible to all youth.


YOSA traces its roots to San Antonio’s first community-wide youth orchestra, created by the San Antonio Independent School District in 1949. This season, more than 1,800 young people will benefit from the YOSA experience, representing 158 schools throughout Bexar County and its surrounding communities. YOSA program offerings consist of four primary areas.

Nine YOSA Orchestras  rehearse weekly throughout the school year: YOSA Prelude Strings, YOSA Capriccio Strings, YOSA Sinfonietta Strings, YOSA Repertory Strings, YOSA Concertino Strings, YOSA Flute Choir, YOSA Symphonic Winds, YOSA Symphony, and YOSA Philharmonic. The YOSA Philharmonic, comprised of the very best student musicians in the San Antonio region, performs professional-level repertoire in premier venues at home and abroad, collaborating regularly with internationally renowned soloists and composers.

YOSA MÁS:Music at School

YOSA is committed to working with public and private schools throughout greater San Antonio.  Some school partnerships involve classroom and school visits by YOSA faculty and staff.  YOSA’s most comprehensive school partnerships are with the Roosevelt High School Compact in NEISD and the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy in EISD.

The seven schools of the Roosevelt Compact, a project involving NEISD’s Roosevelt High School and the two middle schools and four elementary schools that feed Roosevelt High, is funded by Rackspace. This school partnership includes extensive interaction between YOSA staff, teachers, and young musicians.

The Edgewood Independent School District partnership includes an after-school program at two elementary schools, and additional teaching resources at the middle school orchestra with plans to expand to high school.


Twenty-eight years ago, a summer camp was created for string players. As the largest music day camp in the region, today YOSA welcomes strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. More than 215 young musicians attend YOSA Summer Symphony Camp and spend two weeks learning about their instruments, music theory, composition, conducting, technology, and making new friends.


YOSA has represented San Antonio on ten international tours, most recently traveling to Québec, Canada in June 2014. The YOSA Philharmonic traveled to Montreal, Québec City, Sherbrooke, and Burlington, VT, with performances in world-class concert halls.