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The mission of 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 is the successor of San Antonio's first community-wide youth orchestra, created by the San Antonio Independent School District in 1949. This season, more than 1,500 young people will benefit from the YOSA experience, representing 115 schools throughout Bexar County and its surrounding communities. Our program offerings consist of four primary areas.

YOSA supports five orchestras that rehearse weekly throughout the school year: YOSA Prelude Strings, YOSA Capriccio Strings, YOSA Sinfonietta Strings, YOSA Symphony, and the YOSA Philharmonic. The YOSA Philharmonic, comprised of the very best student musicians in the San Antonio region, performs professional-level repertoire in premier venues at home and abroad, collaborating regularly with internationally renowned soloists and composers.

The YOSA Music Learning Center is a free after-school program in partnership with Good Samaritan Community Services on the city's West Side. Students receive daily music instruction and loaned instruments.

YOSA offers a two-week Summer Camp that gives students an opportunity to continue their musical studies, with classes in music theory, composition, conducting and music technology.

The YOSA Roosevelt Compact, sponsored by the Rackspace Foundation, provides an intensive program of supplementary services in support of transforming Roosevelt High School and its six feeder schools into a world-class orchestra program. 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.

YOSA has represented San Antonio on nine international tours, most recently traveling to England in June 2012. The YOSA Philharmonic traveled to London, Liverpool, Cardiff, and other English cities, with performances in world-class concert halls.

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