OPEN CALL for Hotel California Live Guest Artists

OPEN CALL for Hotel California Live Guest Artists

YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) invites San Antonio vocalists and/or bands in any style to submit video auditions for the opportunity to be guest artists for Hotel California Live, scheduled for March 12, 2018, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Hotel California Live is the fourth installment in YOSA’s Classic Albums Live concert series, following OK Computer Live (June 2014), Abbey Road Live (March 2015), and Purple Rain Live (March 2016). The concert will feature 12 different guest artists (bands or solo vocalists), each covering one song with a full symphony orchestra on stage in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ H-E-B Performance Hall in a complete performance of the Eagles’ 1976 album Hotel California, plus at least four other Eagles songs.

Bands or solo vocalists are eligible to apply for consideration if at least one participating musician is a current resident of Bexar County, Texas.


  • Record a video performance of an Eagles song. Feel free to make the song your own—show off your style. Solo vocalists may be accompanied by live musicians or pre-recorded backing tracks in their videos. Song must be drawn from one of these albums by the Eagles:
    1. Hotel California
    2. Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
    3. Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
  • Upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or another web-based video hosting service. Videos may be posted publicly or privately (unlisted).
  • Submit application, including a link to your video, no later than Friday, December 15, 2017.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than Monday, January 22.
  • The full guest artist lineup will be publicly announced on Monday, January 29.
  • Submitting a completed application and video does not guarantee an invitation to participate. YOSA will be the sole and final arbiter of which guest artists to invite.


      • Guest artists selected to participate in the concert must be available for rehearsal in San Antonio on Sunday, March 11; sound check in the morning and final dress rehearsal in the afternoon on Monday, March 12; and the concert on the evening on March 12.
      • YOSA will provide all production and logistical support, including orchestral arrangements, accompanying musicians (orchestra, with drum set), backline amps and PA, catering at rehearsals and concert, marketing and promotion, all audio and tech crew, payment of mechanical and performance license fees, etc.
      • Guest artists will receive a monetary honorarium and complimentary tickets. Concert ticket proceeds benefit YOSA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
      • Artist agrees to allow YOSA to produce, distribute, and/or sell audio and/or video recordings of the live performance. Artist also agrees not to use drugs or alcohol at any point in the rehearsal or performance venues.

Questions can be addressed via email to YOSA music director Troy Peters at

Application at

YOSA to receive $10K grant from National Endowment for the Arts

YOSA to receive $10K grant from National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to YOSA for a January 2017 guest artist residency with soprano Shana Blake Hill and baritone Zachary Gordin. The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as YOSA, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Shana Blake Hill and Zachary Gordin will appear as vocal soloists on the YOSA Philharmonic’s January 22 Gold Series concert, Mozart at the Opera, performing arias and duets from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute, During their guest artist residency, both singers will visit high school choirs in a wide variety of San Antonio neighborhoods, building connections with aspiring singers who will receive complimentary concert tickets. For complete information on the concert, visit

Photo by Bradford Rogne Photography

Troy Peters among Musical America’s 2016 Professionals of the Year

Troy Peters among Musical America’s 2016 Professionals of the Year

YOSA changes kids’ lives through music.

YOSA changes kids’ lives through music.


During the month of February, Time Warner Cable News is committed to informing our viewers of the sometimes alarming trends facing our kids’ health as well as providing helpful tips for busy parents. Get more information on Fit Kids February, including the Fit Kids Challenge, healthy shopping suggestions and ways you can get involved to help make you and your children healthier.

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio traces its roots back more than 60 years to the San Antonio Youth Symphony.

Now composed of 350 musicians and eight different orchestras, the orchestra seeks to help kids through music. Youth Orchestra of San Antonio director Troy Peters says through the orchestra, kids get an enlarged sense of their own potential — both in music and whatever else they pursue.

“YOSA changes kids’ lives through music here in San Antonio,” Peters said. “We work with hundreds of kids throughout the city on unleashing their own musical potential.”

Find out more in the special Fit Kids edition of “Local Wonders.”

YOSA Concerto Competition winner to perform with San Antonio Symphony

YOSA Concerto Competition winner to perform with San Antonio Symphony

Chris Gokelman is the winner of the 2014/15 YOSA Concerto Competition and will perform William Walton’s Viola Concerto with the San Antonio Symphony on January 18, 2015. Chris currently studies with Allyson Dawkins, Principal Violist of the San Antonio Symphony. He is a past student of Christopher Parsons, has studied with Roger Myers at the University of Texas at Austin, and has participated in a master class with Peter Slowik of Oberlin Conservatory.

Chris is a senior at St. Anthony Catholic High School and has been playing the viola for nearly six years. He has been a part of YOSA since 2009, serving as Principal Violist for both the YOSA Sinfonietta Strings and YOSA Symphony Orchestras and as the current Principal for the YOSA Philharmonic, of which he has been a member for four years. During his time with the YOSA Philharmonic, Chris has performed alongside notable soloists Edgar Meyer, Abdiel Vázquez, Richard Stoltzman, Tracy Silverman, Kenji Bunch, Christopher O’Riley, and Branford Marsalis (in February 2015), and has played with YOSA during the 2012 England and Wales Tour. Prior to his participation in the YOSA Philharmonic, Chris was invited to be a member of the Orchestra of the Incarnate Word/University of the Incarnate Word as an eighth grader.

For the past two years, Chris has been selected to participate in the Castleman Quartet Program East, founded by virtuoso violinist Charles Castleman, in Fredonia, New York. There he has studied with Charles Castleman, Allyson Dawkins, Laura Bossert, and Basil Vendryes, and performed in both chamber and solo recitals. He has also participated in the Summer Music Institute at the University of Texas, San Antonio, in 2011, during which he performed with the top chamber group. Chris has served as the Principal Violist for the Texas Music Educator’s Association Region 12 Orchestra for the past two years, and was the Principal Violist for the Texas All-State String Orchestra in 2014.

An active liturgical musician, he has performed for the Taizé Pilgrimage in Austin, Texas, has been a frequent convention musician for several major publisher showcases during the national conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians since 2012, and has been a regular violist for church services and civic events since 2010. Chris has also been a featured performer of the annual American Guild of Organists “Organ Plus” Concert Series since 2013. As a member of his school’s jazz band, Chris was recognized as an exemplary soloist during the ensemble’s perfect score performance in the 2013 Texas Christian Interscholastic League All-State Competition. In 2014, he was awarded gold medal in the Division 1 of the Central Catholic Button Band Solo Competition.

For more information about this concert, please visit:

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

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


You can support YOSA while you shop at Amazon! Click on the link below to learn more about AmazonSmile. Once you sign in, you can search for YOSA as your favorite charity. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Click HERE to learn more about AmazonSmile.

Youth Orchestras Of San Antonio

Brahms Reimagined

Brahms Reimagined

Monday, February 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium
Tickets available from Ticketmaster.
More Event Details »

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.
Read More »