THE BAND PLAYS ON

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio takes center stage with return to live shows

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio takes stage with return to live shows

Youth Orchestra of San Antonio
Strike up the band! YOSA

While the past year or so has felt like a broken record repeating the phrase “Stay at home” over and over again, one cherished San Antonio youth-based organization isn’t playing second fiddle to the pandemic this summer.

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, which has been working to change the lives of young people through music since 1949, will make a jubilant return to the stage with a full lineup of concerts scheduled this month to conclude its 2020/2021 season, and will host its YOSA Summer Symphony Camp in person this July.

The YOSA City Series concerts kick off with the first show in a series of season finale events on Sunday, May 9 from 3-4 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, and will feature members of YOSA Repertory Strings and YOSA Prelude Strings performing the free concert.

Additional YOSA City Series free concerts include:

  • Members of YOSA Concertino Strings, YOSA Sinfonietta Strings, and YOSA Capriccio Strings performing Sunday, May 9 from 7-8 pm at Trinity Baptist Church.
  • Members of the YOSA Percussion Ensemble and YOSA Symphony performing Sunday, May 16 from 4-5 pm at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. (While admission is free, tickets must be reserved.)
  • Members of the YOSA Flute Choir and Wind Ensemble performing Sunday, May 16 from 8-9 pm at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. (Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved.)

The 2021 YOSA Invitational, a festival featuring San Antonio middle school and high school bands will take to the Tobin Center stage on May 17 from 1-9:30 pm. Check out the YOSA website for more details.

The organization, which reaches some 2,500 young people representing 130 San Antonio-area schools each year, will conclude its season with a finale concert performed by the YOSA Philharmonic — its first live concert since March 2020 — on Sunday, May 23 from 7-8 pm. The show, part of the YOSA Zachry Series, will feature the most advanced young musicians from San Antonio, as well as a special appearance by renowned clarinetist Anthony McGill, the New York Philharmonic’s first African American principal player. Tickets are available through the Tobin Center.  

And young musicians eager to get out of the house this summer (you’re welcome, parents) can check out the YOSA Summer Symphony Camp in July. Campers participate in daily rehearsals and sectionals with camp faculty, which includes some of San Antonio’s top professional musicians and educators. This year’s camp offerings include Middle School String Orchestras, High School String Orchestras, and the popular Orchestra X. Camp registration will remain open until enrollment capacity is reached. Placement audition videos must be submitted no later than June 28.

And it’s never too early to get a jam session planned: YOSA will host its auditions for the 2021/2022 YOSA Orchestras season by video submission this summer. Auditions are free and the results will be announced before the end of the summer. Video auditions must be submitted by June 7. More information about musician requirements is available here.