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.

http://tpr.org/post/youth-orchestra-turns-heat-competition

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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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!

On Stoltzman, Composers and a Passion for Music

Richard Stoltzman playing his clarinetYOSA’s Gold Series Concert, “Stoltzman’s America,” is a unique chance to sample the breadth and depth of American music, including sounds of jazz, Broadway, and classical music. No one is more qualified to preview the first concert of the season than Music Director Troy Peters. Here are his thoughts on the November 5 concert at the Majestic Theatre. Read More »