Youth Orchestras of San Antonio chooses VND
YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) has chosen VND to partner up and complete their various updates to their website.
So what is YOSA?
Now in its 33rd season, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio provides a rich offering of orchestral music, education and performance opportunities for young people throughout the South Texas region. YOSA supports five youth orchestras, a Beginning Strings program and a two-week summer string camp that welcomes young musicians from beginner level through advanced. Prelude Strings, comprised of violin, viola and cello, provides an introductory orchestral experience that helps children develop music reading ability. Students with a few years of experience play in the Capriccio Strings. Sinfonietta Strings is an intermediate string ensemble where young players can further develop as section members before moving to the Symphony Orchestra, which is a full orchestra with winds, brass and percussion. YOSA’s Philharmonic Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra made up of the area’s finest young musicians who perform the full orchestral repertoire at the highest level of excellence. The Philharmonic, Symphony and Sinfonietta orchestras rehearse on Sunday afternoons at the main University of Texas at San Antonio campus. Rehearsals for Prelude and Capriccio Strings occur on Tuesday evenings at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Castle Hills.
The 2009-2010 concert season includes more than 20 public performances at various cultural, educational and community centers throughout the city. In addition to local performances, YOSA undertakes an international tour every three years. In June 2010, students from the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras will travel to China. The annual two-week Summer String Camp fills to capacity each year and offers instruction in music theory, composition, history, conducting and chamber music.
Music education is central to YOSA’s mission. Professional music educators and advanced students provide string instruction in schools and community centers. Financial aid and loaned instruments are available to those who qualify. YOSA serves 450 students ranging in ages 6 to 21. Students come from 104 schools in 20 school districts. They reflect the rich cultural diversity of the area and represent the full socio-economic range of our community.
YOSA is governed by a Board of Directors of 19 community leaders. The staff includes eight full-time members and four contract conductors.
To learn more about YOSA, please visit www.yosa.org
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