YOSA Orchestras consists of nine orchestras (two full orchestras, a wind ensemble, a flute choir, and five string orchestras) of graded ability. Musicians are placed in the orchestra appropriate for their ability through the annual audition process in early-June.

YOSA Orchestra musicians have the opportunity to perform numerous concerts conducted by leading music educators, enjoy sectional coaching from experienced music educators and professional musicians of the San Antonio Symphony, and have a great time playing exciting music with other dedicated young musicians from all over the San Antonio area. In addition, all YOSA Orchestras will perform at least once in the renowned Tobin Center of Performing Arts.

Advanced Orchestras

 

Flute Choir and String Orchestras

 

FAQ

Why should you join YOSA?

  • Have a great time playing exciting music with other dedicated young musicians from all over the San Antonio area.

  • Perform numerous concerts conducted by leading music educators, including at least one performance in the renowned Tobin Center for Performing Arts.

  • Enjoy sectional coaching from experienced music educators and professional musicians of the San Antonio Symphony.

  • Make lifelong friends and memories with musicians from all over the San Antonio area while further developing your skills and talents.

What makes YOSA different?

At YOSA, you will have the opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of like-minded young musicians who are passionate, hard-working, and ready to learn. We challenge YOSA musicians to achieve beyond their expectations.

How do I audition?

Registration for season auditions opens by mid-February each year. All YOSA auditions for the upcoming season take place in early June.

Occasionally we will hold recruiting auditions before the season starts if there are spots that still need to be filled. See our Auditions page for more info.

What’s the difference between string and full orchestra?

YOSA’s full orchestras include woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, and piano players in addition to string players. String orchestras are only for string players (violin, viola, cello, and bass).

When and where are rehearsals?

Sunday Rehearsals—UTSA Main Campus
YOSA Philharmonic 2:00-5:00 p.m.
YOSA Flute Choir 2:00-3:30 p.m.
YOSA Symphony 6:00-8:30 p.m.
YOSA Symphonic Winds 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Sunday Rehearsals—UIW
YOSA Prelude Strings 2:00-3:00 p.m.
YOSA Sinfonietta Strings 2:00-4:00 p.m.
YOSA Repertory Strings 3:30-5:30 p.m.
YOSA Capriccio Strings 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday Rehearsals—St. David’s Episcopal Church
YOSA Concertino Strings 6:30-8:45 p.m.

What are audition requirements?

For audition requirement information, please visit the Auditions page.

Who is eligible?

  • All string players ages 8-20 with at least one year of experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass.

  • Flute players ages 8-20 with at least one year of experience.

  • All other woodwind, brass, percussion, and harp players ages 13-20 with at least two years of experience.

  • Participation in your school music program is mandatory.

  • Home-schooled students are welcome.

Is tuition assistance available?

YOSA is committed to making our activities accessible for families, regardless of financial constraints. There is no fee to audition. Tuition assistance is offered at the beginning of each season based on a family’s income, household size, and other family or financial circumstances. Families can expect strict confidentiality regarding their assistance application and results. Every effort will be made to meet the needs of young musicians and their families.

How do I participate in chamber music?

Chamber Music is offered to YOSA Philharmonic musicians through an invitation process at that beginning of the season.