Archive for the ‘News’ Category

YOSA Earns ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming

June 18, 2013

Music Director Troy Peters with YOSA’s 2013 ASCAP Award

YOSA is one of 19 American orchestras honored today with a 2012-2013 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras 68th National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Music Director Troy Peters accepted the award on our behalf.

YOSA was selected for the first place Award for Programming of Contemporary Music in the Youth Orchestra category, because it featured the works of contemporary composers like Arturo Márquez, Bright Sheng, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon in its 2012-2013 season. YOSA also presented world premieres of new compositions by two YOSA students, Katie Hattier and Darian Thomas.

“We are especially pleased to be recognized by ASCAP for our ongoing commitment to living composers and new works,” said Troy Peters, music director for YOSA. “Performing contemporary music is a vital element in YOSA’s ongoing effort to give our students and our audiences exciting musical experiences that broaden horizons and enrich lives.”

The League of American Orchestras and ASCAP present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. Approximately $725,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947. YOSA will receive $500 as part of the award.


Stop! And Feel the Music.

January 11, 2013

Hear it, too. YOSA’s unique fundraising event on Saturday, January 26 is NOT your average gala. In fact, it’s far from it. It’s part cabaret, part pop-up orchestra, plus extraordinary food and drink.

Our musicians will show you their contemporary side with YOSA musicians performing unique versions of pop and rock songs. The YOSA Pop-Up Orchestra, made up of some of the region’s very best young musicians from the YOSA Philharmonic, will entertain guests with some of the biggest recent pop hits, including “Call Me Maybe” and a local variation on “Gangnam Style,” as well as familiar rock classics.

Last summer, a video of YOSA musicians singing Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” while they were traveling to London went viral on YouTube. After a successful appearance at the Rock ‘n Roll San Antonio Marathon in November, YOSA has been working up a new set of songs.

Last week, YOSA musicians dropped in at Rackspace Hosting to thank them for their support by performing “Call Me Maybe” at their San Antonio offices in Wincrest.

We’ll also have some swell things to auction, led by San Antonio’s own “fancy pants” auctioneer Molly Cox.

Maybe you can show us some support…buy a ticket today by going here. It’s just $35 to you, but it means the world to our kids.  You can also donate a live or silent auction item or be an event sponsor.

Stop. And Feel the Music

Saturday, January 26

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Radius Building

106 Auditorium Circle

San Antonio, TX 78205

P.S. Event seats are limited, so reserve yours today. With performers this good, it will be a sell-out.

YOSA receives $100,000 plus a Challenge Grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation

December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas to us!

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) got an early Christmas present this year, in the form of a grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.

The $150,000 award includes a$100,000 gift, plus a $50,000 challenge grant to cultivate new donors in 2013.  The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar each new donor which YOSA cultivates by July 2013, up to an additional $50,000.  YOSA was one of many organizations receiving end-of-year grants in the region, some of which were highlighted in today’s Express-News.

The focus of the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation is to support programs, projects and collaborative efforts that reach as many people as possible; they support organizations in Bandera, Bexar, Comal and Kendall Counties. The foundation’s support of the arts is generous and forward thinking, as they look at the life-long impact that classical music study will have on a young musician.

“We are overwhelmed at the generosity of the Kronkosky Foundation,” says Steven Payne, Executive Director of YOSA.  “They recognize the financial challenges faced by arts organizations and believe in our mission to bring classical music to the youth of San Antonio. The potential for this grant – at $200,000 – is enormous for our organization.”

The news comes just 10 days after YOSA received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to support the 2013 Artist-in-Residence program which will feature electric violinist Tracy Silverman and composer Kenji Bunch in the Texas premier of a new concerto for electric violin and orchestra.

The funds will be used for general operating expenses, the many things that are needed for YOSA to function efficiently and serve a maximum number of young musicians.  Grants like this one are increasingly important to YOSA, as many funders want to support specific program interests or fund capital needs.  General operating support allows YOSA to pay salaries, utility bills, and other necessary elements of its $1.2 million budget.

YOSA will begin its campaign to raise its portion of the $50,000 for the Challenge Grant in January.

YOSA receives NEA grant to support Artist-In-Residence Community Program

December 7, 2012

Earlier this week, we received the exciting news that we were the recipient of a $10,000 NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant.  It’s an exciting and humbling experience and one we couldn’t wait to share with our YOSA supporters.

Only 153 organizations in the entire COUNTRY were recipients this time around, so it’s an especially good piece of news.  The focus of this type of grant is to support small to mid-sized organizations in projects which “extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.”

This grant will support our 2013 Artist-in-Residence Program, which will feature several new components.

Electric violinist Tracy Silverman and composer Kenji Bunch will be featured in the Texas premier of a new concerto for electric violin and orchestra in November — an unparalleled opportunity for the YOSA Philharmonic. While in San Antonio, the pair will also work with underserved students in YOSA MÁS,(Music After School), a program in conjunction with the Good Samaritan Community Services in San Antonio’s near west side.  Similarly, YOSA is establishing school partnerships for Silverman and Bunch to lead workshops for the 440 string students in the Roosevelt Compact of the NEISD and at Judson High School.  The residency will culminate in a concert at the Majestic Theatre.

“To say that we are excited and grateful for this grant would be an understatement,” says Steven Payne, Executive Director of YOSA.  “The NEA’s support of our program will create new opportunities for hundreds of student musicians in San Antonio, many of whom would never have an opportunity to meet and work with musicians of the caliber of Tracy Silverman and Kenji Bunch. For YOSA, to be part of the Orchestra Engagement Lab, which integrates community engagement into the process of commissioning new music is equally as exciting.”

Stay tuned for confirmed dates and details on the project early next year.