YOSA Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony: Side-by-Side

YOSA Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony: Side-by-Side

Sunday, January 18, 2015 | 3:00 pm

Pre-Concert Activities for Kids and Instrument Petting Zoo begin at 2:00 pm
One-hour concert performance begins at 3:00 pm
Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University
Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
Troy Peters, conductor and narrator

YOSA Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony

Open the door to a “That could be me someday!” musical experience for the kids: bring them to see the inspiring talent of the YOSA Philharmonic musicians as they perform side-by-side with professional musicians of the San Antonio Symphony!  Recently returned from a successful tour of Vermont and Quebec, Canada, the YOSA Philharmonic is represented by 70 of the San Antonio area’s top musicians of high-school age.  Discover the kid-friendly “Enigma Variations” by English composer Edward Elgar, who wrote a set of short variations based on an “enigma” melody to describe the character of each of his friends.  Musical examples and narration will help to better enjoy the work!

Family Concerts are designed for children age 4-11, but can be enjoyed by persons of all ages. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of family fun!

There are no tickets for this event – admission is FREE! – first come, first seated.

For more about interaction between YOSA and the San Antonio Symphony, please visit:

Questions?  Call (210) 554-1010 or email tickets@sasymphony.org

YOSA receives National Endowment for the Arts grant

YOSA receives National Endowment for the Arts grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that YOSA is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant. YOSA is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and associated outreach activities. Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine, tenor Ryland Angel, and baritone Zachary Gordin will rehearse and perform with the YOSA Philharmonic, the San Antonio Choral Society, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, and other local choruses. The vocal soloists will also conduct workshops and provide free concert tickets for choral students at local underserved and low-income schools. YOSA’s Carmina Burana will be performed on May 17, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale through the Tobin Center box office.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Challenge America, including the award to YOSA. The arts foster value, connection, creativity, and innovation for the American people, and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

YOSA Music Director Troy Peters said, “We are especially grateful for the vote of confidence the NEA gives by awarding YOSA our second Challenge America grant. Having these three wonderful guest artists working with young singers in six different high schools will have a huge impact on the lives of hundreds of San Antonio students.”

The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The NEA received 347 eligible Challenge America applications and will award 163 grants for a total of $1.63 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America support, please visit the NEA website. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

For more than 65 years, YOSA has been changing kids’ lives through music. YOSA works with nearly 2,000 of the best young musicians in the San Antonio region, ranging in age from 7 to 21 years old. A resident company at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, YOSA collaborates regularly with internationally renowned soloists and composers to present dynamic performances full of youthful energy. YOSA has also represented San Antonio on ten international tours, including recent trips to Canada, England, Wales, and China. For more information on YOSA, visit yosa.org.


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YOSA Concerto Competition 2014

YOSA Concerto Competition 2014

Check out this Texas Public Radio story to learn more about the YOSA Concerto Competition. It happens this Saturday, November 15, at 2 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church; admission is free.


Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis
Sunday, February 22, 2015
7 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, H-E-B Performance Hall
buy now Branford MarsalisNEA Jazz Master and three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. In a rare San Antonio visit, Marsalis will present the same program he played in a 2011 New York Philharmonic concert that the New York Times hailed for its “gracious poise, supple tone, and insouciant swagger.” YOSA Music Director Troy Peters will also conduct Elgar’s popular “Enigma” Variations, a symphonic masterpiece that also contains 14 musical portraits of Elgar’s friends and family. The concert will open with the bluesy strut of American composer Kenji Bunch’s Supermaximum. Don’t miss this evening of exciting music with the YOSA Philharmonic, San Antonio’s very best young musicians.

Glazunov—Alto Saxophone Concerto
Schulhoff/Bennett—Jazz Concerto (Hot Sonata)
Strauss—Serenade in E-flat major, Op. 7
Elgar—“Enigma” Variations

Brahms Reimagined

Brahms Reimagined

Monday, February 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium
Tickets available from Ticketmaster.
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As a featured partner in the San Antonio Symphony’s 2013 Brahms Festival, the YOSA Philharmonic will collaborate with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio  for a program of Brahms, transcribed and reimagined. Here are some notes on the program, written by YOSA Music Director Troy Peters. Read More »

Stop! And Feel the Music.

Hear it, too. YOSA’s unique fundraising event on Saturday, January 26 is NOT your average gala. In fact, it’s far from it. It’s part cabaret, part pop-up orchestra, plus extraordinary food and drink.

Our musicians will show you their contemporary side with YOSA musicians performing unique versions of pop and rock songs. The YOSA Pop-Up Orchestra, made up of some of the region’s very best young musicians from the YOSA Philharmonic, will entertain guests with some of the biggest recent pop hits, including “Call Me Maybe” and a local variation on “Gangnam Style,” as well as familiar rock classics.
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YOSA receives $100,000 plus a Challenge Grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation

YOSA receives $100,000 plus a Challenge Grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation

Merry Christmas to us!

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) got an early Christmas present this year, in the form of a grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.

The $150,000 award includes a$100,000 gift, plus a $50,000 challenge grant to cultivate new donors in 2013.  The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar each new donor which YOSA cultivates by July 2013, up to an additional $50,000.  YOSA was one of many organizations receiving end-of-year grants in the region, some of which were highlighted in today’s Express-News.
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YOSA receives NEA grant to support Artist-In-Residence Community Program

Earlier this week, we received the exciting news that we were the recipient of a $10,000 NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant.  It’s an exciting and humbling experience and one we couldn’t wait to share with our YOSA supporters.

Only 153 organizations in the entire COUNTRY were recipients this time around, so it’s an especially good piece of news.  The focus of this type of grant is to support small to mid-sized organizations in projects which “extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.”
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Time for Symphony in a Stocking

Time for Symphony in a Stocking

No, we’re not jamming all our performers into socks this holiday season. What we ARE doing is combining the best delights of the holiday season and raising money for our musicians at the same time.

And we just made your holiday shopping simpler. Symphony in a Stocking is a traditional stocking filled with treats for the season together with a “best of” YOSA CD and other memorabilia.

They are yours for just $75 each –$40 is tax deductible as a donation to the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.
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