YOSA preview of Remembering Bowie

YOSA preview of Remembering Bowie

YOSA Impact

YOSA Impact

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YOSA Strategic Plan 2020 and 2015 Annual Report

YOSA Strategic Plan 2020 and 2015 Annual Report

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

YOSA holds Kickstarter campaign for OK Computer Live

YOSA holds Kickstarter campaign for OK Computer Live

Help YOSA Rock the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

With your help, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) will collaborate with some of San Antonio’s best-known musical acts to produce one of the most exciting musical events of 2015.

Classical music and alternative rock will come together on Saturday, June 27, 2015 as YOSA and local musical luminaries present Radiohead’s landmark 1997 album “OK Computer” in a unique concert event at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Backed by a full symphony orchestra of YOSA musicians, artists including Nina Diaz, Demitasse, Pop Pistol, and Lonely Horse will reinvent some of the most iconic alternative rock songs of the 1990s.

To make this concert happen, however, will require a substantial initial investment by YOSA. We need to rent rehearsal space; rent the performance venue; pay the stage crew, lighting director, and audio engineer; contract live audio recording; and create a dozen orchestral arrangements for the musicians to play. Backers of this project will play a key role in positioning YOSA to bring this exciting project to the stage.

YOSA music director Troy Peters will create the orchestral arrangements and conduct the concert. “San Antonio boasts such a wealth of remarkable musicians in a wide variety of styles,” Peters says. “The audience is in for a real treat with such a diverse lineup of musicians tackling this legendary material. And with a full symphony orchestra backing them up, it’s going to be a seriously memorable show.”

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YOSA changes kids’ lives through music.

YOSA changes kids’ lives through music.


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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.”

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Did You Get an Ornament in the Mail?

Maybe you got an ornament from YOSA in the mail.  It might have looked like the picture to the right.

Toni Kyle with the YOSA ornament and poinsettia.

Toni Kyle with the YOSA ornament and poinsettia.

Please fill it out and send it back! We are trying to deck the halls, or at least our tree, with as many YOSA ornaments as the ol’ tannenbaum will bear.

We’ll share your YOSA wishes on our Facebook page and  we’ll be posting photos regularly there  as we overload the conifer.

We won’t mind if you include a little Christmas present for YOSA, too.

Happy holidays from YOSA!

Stratford-Upon-Avon, beautiful scenery, and a pub lunch

Today’s edition: violinists Madeleine Nerio and Darian Thomas tell us about Warwick Castle (pronounced “Warrick”), Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), and a proper British pub lunch. First we’ll hear from Madeleine Nerio:

Oh ‘ello!  It’s been an amazing tour so far here in England.  Everything has gone very smoothly.  The weather here is beautiful and I think I have overcome the jetlag. Yesterday, we had breakfast and went to Coventry Cathedral.  Then, we went to Warwick castle, and this time had plenty of time to explore.  They had a peacock garden, where the peacocks were calling each other, and it took me a while to actually notice the castle.  The castle really catered to tourists:  they had many shows and simulations.  They had arrows you could shoot, that I believe a few students tried.  They had many food stands but only a few were open.  They had several gift shops and many rooms with wax statues demonstrating castle life.  In the towers, there were beautiful views of the castle grounds and a few neighborhoods.  Then we departed to eat at the Saxon Pub, when I suddenly became very nauseous in the bus.  Consequently, I ate very little.  But what food I did have was very delicious.  Then we left for Stratford and I was still extremely nauseous.  As soon as we got off the bus, and I breathed fresh air, I instantly felt better. 

We went with our tour guides, who were very nice and gave us an amazing tour of Stratford.  There were many other tourists there and quite a few were French. The weather was very nice and the air was very clean and fresh.  Nearly all the buildings were the original wooden homes that were there in Shakespeare’s time.  Then we had free time to explore the city, and all was beautiful.  Everything went smoothly, and when it was time to leave, everyone was on time.  Then, we went back to the hotel to freshen up and get ready for dinner.  We split into several groups to different restaurants.  I myself went to Ikea, where they had a cafeteria, and the food was delicious.  Going back to the hotel, we realized that nearly all stores close at 7 or 7:30. 

Just a few things are different here:  most places do not have toilet paper rolls, but individual tissues, and buttons to flush instead of levers.  I have to get used to the “no ice” thing they have here in beverages.  The hotel itself was very clean and the beds were comfortable, but they had very little in the rooms.  No facial tissue, complimentary toiletries, irons, dressers or alarm clocks.  This morning we checked out and now we are on our way to Liverpool. Please excuse my layout and grammar for this blog.  It is my first and I am quite sleepy! 

And now, some words from Darian Thomas:
If only the land was as serene in Texas (or America for that matter) as it is here. In fact, I feel now that I’ve seen these wonderful English countryside scenes I can actually understand the aesthetic used in all Pastorale symphonies. There’s this pervasive sense of peace and tranquility that comes from being around this much greenery – at times it feels as though the government here scouted the land and reserved certain parcels of land for their aesthetic value.

Beyond the scenery, there’s an amazing sense of diversity here. Especially in places like Oxford and Stratford Upon Avon. In fact, there was a German and French tour group right next to us when we were entering Shakespeare’s birthplace! It was fun for those of us who had taken either of the languages to listen in and see how well our classes could serve us. It was also fun sharing dinner with Mr. Peters, Gabby, Sophia, Serena “Shark Doo-Doo-Do” Davis, Jon, Zach, Emily, Ben, Conrad, and Leah, at a wonderful Indian restaurant. I loved being able to share my second Indian experience with such great conversation and amidst such great people!

In addition to the scenery and the landscape and the awesomeness in general, there’s such AMAZING architecture! I don’t really have to dictate how incredible the castles have been, but just the street scenes and the university campuses! So much Germanic, Gothic, Victorian, and overall impressively OLD architecture. Having just recently gotten into architecture in general, I’m having such a great time being perpetually astounded by the architecture. ESPECIALLY (yes, ESPECIALLY, for a mere “especially” wouldn’t fully capture the sincere potency of excitement that I’m trying to portray) the churches and cathedrals! I get extremely excited whenever I see a church spire or cathedral roof in the near distance.

Beautiful scenery, amazing culture, incredible architecture… It has been the best couple of days I’ve had in a while. The only part I’m a bit sad about is that we haven’t played any concerts yet (save for the flash-mob in the Houston Airport), but fortunately that will end today with our performance at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool! I may be a bit overly excited about it, and may be the most excited person (save for Chris G.) in the group at the prospect of playing a concert today. But that’s satisfactory, because I know that we’re all going to give a spectacular concert this evening!

Flights, lines, and castles

Hi! My name is Cindy Wu, and I’ve been in YOSA for a little over three years. I started playing the violin in fifth grade, and five years later it’s still my favorite instrument!

Two summers ago I had the amazing opportunity to go on YOSA’s Great Tour of China. At the beginning of that trip, I was still one of the newer members of the orchestra and didn’t really know anyone. But by the end, I had made tons of memories with a great group of friends.

This summer, I’m once again embarking on a journey to a foreign country with my friends, both old and new. So far, this trip has definitely felt a lot different compared to the previous one. While YOSA itself has become much more familiar to me, England is a country I know very little about, apart from the stereotypical image of tea-drinking snobs with thick British accents.

I’m definitely looking forward to everything this tour will have to offer, from the nine-hour plane ride to the various tourist spots, and of course, our concerts.

In a way, I feel like the excitement hasn’t quite hit yet. As I was packing and getting ready last night, I didn’t really fully comprehend what I was doing. Well…maybe that was because it was 1:00 A.M. But either way, I can’t wait until we start experiencing all of the fun things England has to offer!

From blogger and YOSA Philharmonic flutist Jessica Hall:
What started as a crazy day of layovers, flash mobs, and jetlag has been so worth it! After arriving at the Houston Airport, our group put on a flash mob to the song “Somebody I Used to Know”; the video of the performance will be up on Facebook shortly!

Once we packed our instruments away, we waited (very patiently) for our flight to London Heathrow to depart. We were served dinner on the flight, which I thought was surprisingly good. While in transit between the two nations, many of us got distracted by the free movies provided to us. I tried to resist the temptation to watch a movie, but eventually caved.

After getting a few hours of sleep, we finally touched down in the London Heathrow Airport, and found a long line for passport check awaiting us. At long last, everyone had been checked through security, and we were boarding our double decker bus (they are as cool as they seem) to Windsor Castle and Oxford. It was amazing to see how much history there was nestled amidst all the modern day stores and shops in these areas! My personal favorite spot of the day was St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. There was so much artwork spread throughout the chapel, and it was evidently clear that the English truly revere their ancestors. We all are very excited for the next few days, and can’t wait to share our talents and represent our nation in Liverpool!