YOUTH ORCHESTRAS OF SAN ANTONIO

YOSA changes kids' lives through music.

aka YOSA   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.yosa.org

Mission

The mission of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, the premier orchestral experience for youth citywide, is to transform lives, enrich the community and enhance education by pursuing excellence in classical music in a stimulating, nurturing and fun environment that is equally accessible to all youth.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Mr. Brandon Henson

Main address

106 Auditorium Circle Suite 130

San Antonio, TX 78205 USA

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Formerly known as

Youth Philharmonic Orchestras of San Antonio

San Antonio Youth Symphony

Greater San Antonio Youth Symphony Orchestras

EIN

74-1926713

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

YOSA School Partnerships

YOSA is committed to working with public and private schools throughout greater San Antonio.  Some school partnerships involve classroom and school visits by YOSA faculty and staff. YOSA’s most comprehensive school partnerships are with the Roosevelt High School Compact in NEISD and the Edgewood Independent School District.

YOSA’s newest community resource, the YOSA Invitational, provides an opportunity for local middle school and high school bands and orchestras to practice, perform, and record at San Antonio’s most prestigious performance venue, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, free of charge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

YOSA Orchestras, our performance component, are made up of 9 orchestras (YOSA Prelude Strings, YOSA Capriccio Strings, YOSA Sinfonietta, YOSA Repertory Strings, YOSA Concertino Strings, YOSA Flue Choir, YOSA Symphony, and YOSA Philharmonic and YOSA Sympnoic Winds) that serve young musicians ages 8 to 20 from 135 schools across San Antonio.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

As the largest music day camp in the region, YOSA hosts more than 250 musicians over the course of three weeks. The program consists of five, one week-long sessions. In 2018, sessions include high school band and full orchestra, middle school string orchestra, pop/rock string orchestra, composition seminar, and string quartet seminar.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Adventurous Programming 2013

ASCAP

Affiliations & memberships

League of American Orchestras 1977

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 wants to change kids' lives through music.

YOSA changes kids' lives through music by offering three different programs: YOSA Orchestras, YOSA School Partnerhsips, and YOSA Summer Symphony Camp.

ORCHESTRAS
Nine YOSA Orchestras rehearse weekly throughout the school year: YOSA Prelude Strings, YOSA Capriccio Strings, YOSA Sinfonietta Strings, YOSA Repertory, YOSA Concertino Strings, YOSA Flute Choir, YOSA Symphonic Winds, YOSA Symphony, and 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.

YOSA School Partnerships
YOSA is committed to working with public and private schools throughout greater San Antonio. Some school partnerships involve classroom and school visits by YOSA faculty and staff. YOSA's most comprehensive school partnerships are with the Roosevelt High School Compact in NEISD and the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy in EISD.

The seven schools of the Roosevelt Compact, a project involving NEISD's Roosevelt High School and the two middle schools and four elementary schools that feed Roosevelt High, is funded by Rackspace. This school partnership includes extensive interaction between YOSA staff, teachers, and young musicians.

New in 2017, YOSA annually hosts 20 local high school and middle school bands and orchestras for performances at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. These school programs will have the chance to rehearse and perform in a premier venue at no charge.

YOSA Summer Symphony Camp
In 2018, YOSA has reimagined Summer Symphony Camp to provide more music education options for young musicians. During three weeks, YOSA will hold five, one-week camp sessions featuring opportunities for high school band and full orchestra, middle school string orchestra, pop/rock string orchestra, composition seminar, and string quartet seminar.

YOSA traces its roots to the San Antonio Youth Symphony, created in 1949 by G. Lewis Doll, music director of the San Antonio Independent School District. This orchestra soon came to include musicians from schools outside SAISD. In the early 1960s, the Junior Youth Symphony was formed for younger students.

Now, YOSA is one of the most respected youth orchestras in the country. We are able to meet our goal 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 with the help of several friends in San Antonio.

Music Director Troy Peters has been with YOSA for 10 years. Well-regarded in his field, he has ushered YOSA through years of exponential growth. He reinvigorates the repertoire and provides the authority needed to support young musicians as they seek to better themselves and serve as a liaison between YOSA and the musical community in San Antonio.

Mr. Peters is joined by excellent faculty who are either professional musicians with the San Antonio Symphony or music educators at schools within San Antonio. These individuals work tirelessly to inspire YOSA's young musicians to better themselves and achieve musical excellence, regardless of status or situation.

The Board of Directors is dedicated to the mission of the organization and has recently developed a four-year strategic plan which establishes goals, objectives, and action steps in each of the areas of musical excellence and program growth, financial sustainability, school partnerships and outreach, rehearsal space and facility needs, and board development. The Board is active through gifts of time, talent and treasure and seek to better the organization.

Finally, YOSA is supported by staff, donors, and parents who are invested in the program because they are invested in the betterment of young musicians, children, and San Antonio in general. Parents are involved and volunteer their time to ensure that the program is the best it can be. YOSA works to maintain meaningful relationships with generous donors, and staff members continuously seek professional development opportunities to ensure they remain abreast of all changes in their prospective fields.

The development and approval of the strategic plan by the Board of Directors has been useful in the measurement of accomplishments.

However, YOSA is proud to report that it is moving toward musical excellence, experiencing several sold-out concerts and anticipates larger audiences for performances in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

YOSA is in the process of building its school partnerships programs and works to provide music education in low-income areas. School partnership growth has been slow but we are currently working to expand interest in the program and develop better relationships with school districts.

Finally, we are working toward cultivating donors and friends in order to retain consistent giving, which will support future growth opportunities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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YOUTH ORCHESTRAS OF SAN ANTONIO

Board of directors
as of 3/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Lorenz

Office of Charles Butt

Term: 2020 - 2022

Evin Eubanks

Ballet San Antonio

Elizabeth Lorenz

Office of Charles Butt

Donald Oroian

ADA Consulting Group, Inc.

Anne Rochelle

Zachry Foundation

Allison Balfour

Rackspace

Julian Trevino

Consultant

Matthew Mireles

St. Mary's University

Carla Flister

Hixon Properties Incorporated

Julie Berlin

Temple Beth-El

Edlyn de Oliveira

Palo Alto College

Rachel Woodson

Rackspace

Phyllis Nguyen

USAA

Gopinath Akalkotkar

City of San Antonio

Christopher Benson

New York Life

Jonathan Card

Card and Company Architects

Kamal ElHabr

San Antonio Independent School District

Alicia Grant

Norton Rose Fulbright

Natalie Karge

Valero

Brian Woodward

USAA

Rob Berberek

USAA

Edward Craner

HOLT CAT

Elizabeth Germany

Cubeta Law Group

Kris Brehm

Armanda Consulting

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/18/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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