About the YOSA Standing Ovation Luncheon

Save the Date October 2, 2019 // 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Pearl Stable // 307 Pearl Pkwy // San Antonio, TX 78215


YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) will host the 2019 YOSA Standing Ovation Luncheon on Wednesday, October 2, at the Pearl Stable. Each year, the YOSA Standing Ovation Luncheon recognizes a community member or organization for their commitment to arts and education in San Antonio. Past honorees have included H-E-B (2018) Bunny Matthews (2016), Graham Weston (2017), and Mollie Zachry (2016). YOSA will honor Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff at this year's luncheon.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit YOSA's music education programs that reach more than 3,000 young musicians every year. Sponsorships and ticket purchases are tax-deductible. 



“YOSA has taught me to work with other people, whether they’re people I know from school or complete strangers. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to get with people from all over the city, most of which I never would have met if it hadn’t been for this program. I have grown as a musician with the help of the director and my peers, and I have been able to challenge myself more than I did before.” -Rebecca, violin, YOSA senior class of 2019

The mission of YOSA (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 changes kids’ lives through music.

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 3,000 young people who represent 155 schools will benefit from the YOSA experience. YOSA is a resident company the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and has received numerous local and national awards including a 2017 Best of the City Award from San Antonio Magazine and a 2016 Centropolitan Award as Best Cultural Connector from Centro San Antonio. YOSA has represented San Antonio on 12 international tours, including a trip to the Canary Islands and Spain in June 2018 to celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial.


“YOSA has bettered my musicianship but has also taught me valuable life lessons that will guide my life, even out of the scope of music, such as the value of teamwork, the courage required of leadership and the importance of perseverance, even beyond the self.” -Joshua, clarinet, YOSA senior class of 2019

Nine YOSA Orchestras comprised of more than 500 young musicians aged 8-20 rehearse weekly throughout the school year, perform concerts in San Antonio’s most prestigious concert venues, and collaborate regularly with internationally renowned soloists and composers. Need-based tuition assistance is available to families who cannot afford the modest tuition fee.

Each year, more than 250 young musicians gather at the largest music day camp in the region for summertime music, friendship, and fun. YOSA celebrated its 32nd Summer Symphony Camp with expanded enrollment and new educational opportunities. Need-based tuition assistance is available to families who cannot afford the modest tuition fee.

YOSA MÁS:Roosevelt offers supplementary services in support of seven schools in the Roosevelt High School Compact designed to transform the schools’ orchestra programs into world-class music education centers. YOSA provides private lessons, sectional coaches, clinicians, teaching assistants, concert tickets, and other resources, as well as tuition assistance for affiliated students to participate in YOSA programs. 

The YOSA Invitational is a community resource that invites local middle and high school bands and orchestras to rehearse, perform, and record in San Antonio’s premier venue, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, at no cost to the school. In May 2019, the third-annual YOSA Invitational will welcome 1,000 students from 16 local schools to the Tobin Center during this two-day festival.

Launched in 2018, the YOSA Rising Star Fellows is a unique program created to provide intensive support to promising young African-American, Hispanic, and Native American musicians from 25 zip codes in San Antonio with the lowest median income. The resources are individually designed to remove barriers and improve the socioeconomic potential of the Fellows by investing in their musical and academic success. Fellows participate in YOSA and receive comprehensive resources for four years of high school.