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YOSA and Beethoven Team Up for a Great Race

March 21, 2013

Race Start LineIt’s not quite like singing for your supper, but it’s pretty close.

YOSA presents its second annual Beethoven 5K/10K Walk and Run on Saturday, April 13.  It’s an important fundraising event for our organization and we need your help to make it a success. We’re the only race in San Antonio with an orchestra at the finish line!

Beethoven 5K/10K Event Information:

We need all our fans, musicians, parents and supporters to spread the word about this event.

How Can you Support the Beethoven 5K?Finish LIne Finale

Sponsorship is a great way to support our event. We have sponsorships starting at $250 and going all the way through to $10,000.  Do you know a person or company who can sponsor our event?  Share the sponsorship details with them here.

Another way you support our event is registering for the fun. We are very grateful to our partner Fleet Feet Sports for their support for the second year in a row.  This year, we’ve added a great promotional partner with Yelp San Antonio.  They will be promoting our race online and in person on race day. Watch for details about checking in on race day and the cool stuff Yelp will be giving away to participants. You can find YOSA on Yelp, too!

Finally, you can support the race virtually by purchasing a “Breakfast with Beethoven” package for just $35.  This gets you a tee shirt, mug and beverage mix on race day and you don’t even need to run!  This is a great way for relatives of YOSA students to show their support for our organization.

Race SuccessSo what are you waiting for? Take a moment and see where you can share this story so our April 13 race is a sell-out!


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.

Time for Symphony in a Stocking

December 3, 2012

No, we’re not jamming all our performers into socks this holiday season. What we ARE doing is combining the best delights of the holiday season and raising money for our musicians at the same time.

YOSA violinist Wolfie Draving performed last week at Rackspace to preview Symphony in a Stocking during Rackers lunch hour

YOSA violinist Wolfie Draving performed last week at Rackspace to preview Symphony in a Stocking during Rackers lunch hour

And we just made your holiday shopping simpler. Symphony in a Stocking is a traditional stocking filled with treats for the season together with a “best of” YOSA CD and other memorabilia.

They are yours for just $75 each –$40 is tax deductible as a donation to the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.

Give the gift of music, food and beverage and we’ll continue to keep the music coming for the more than 1,500 musicians we serve each year.

Here’s how to get yours:

IN PERSON: We’ll be selling the stockings at the Historic Maverick Carter Home on Tuesday Dec.  4 from 4 to 8 p.m. If you stop by, you’ll enjoy live music by our musicians and see our YOSA Christmas tree all decked out with ornaments from our community supporters.

BY PHONE: We can take your order by phone during business hours by calling: (210) 737-0097.

These gifts will sell out early, so don’t wait to order yours.  Every stocking purchase helps keep the music alive with hundreds of young musicians this year from all over San Antonio.

Here’s wishing you great holiday music from the team at Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.

Did You Get an Ornament in the Mail?

November 30, 2012

Maybe you got an ornament from YOSA in the mail.  It might have looked like the picture to the right.

Toni Kyle with the YOSA ornament and poinsettia.

Toni Kyle with the YOSA ornament and poinsettia.

Please fill it out and send it back! We are trying to deck the halls, or at least our tree, with as many YOSA ornaments as the ol’ tannenbaum will bear.

We’ll share your YOSA wishes on our Facebook page and  we’ll be posting photos regularly there  as we overload the conifer.

We won’t mind if you include a little Christmas present for YOSA, too.

Happy holidays from YOSA!

On Stoltzman, Composers and a Passion for Music

October 30, 2012

Richard Stoltzman playing his clarinetYOSA’s Gold Series Concert, “Stoltzman’s America,” is a unique chance to sample the breadth and depth of American music, including sounds of jazz, Broadway, and classical music. No one is more qualified to preview the first concert of the season than Music Director Troy Peters. Here are his thoughts on the November 5 concert at the Majestic Theatre.

“The first half of the program focuses on two of our most beloved composers: Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, including music from the classic musicals Porgy and Bess, Candide, and West Side Story,” says Peters.  “The second half features two Pulitzer Prize winning composers, Jennifer Higdon and Howard Hanson. Higdon and Hanson are both romantic, expressive composers, whose music is full of beautiful melodies and inspiring crescendos.”

“The real magic, though, comes from seeing San Antonio’s best young musicians bring this music to life,” says Peters. “There’s nothing like the energy that rolls off the stage when young musicians are sharing their newly discovered passion for a great piece of music.”

Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is such a dynamic performer that the Boston Globe hailed him as “the most exciting clarinetist in the world” and the San Francisco Chronicle called him “a national treasure.”

“Stoltzman moves seamlessly between classical and jazz styles, and our audience will hear him improvising and embellishing on familiar tunes by Bernstein and Gershwin,” says Peters. “He is one of the most charismatic and engaging performers I have ever seen play live, so I know our audience is in for a treat.”

Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral has a personal connection for Peters.

“Jennifer Higdon is not only one of the most widely hailed composers of her generation, but also an old friend of mine. Jennifer and I went to college together at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music in the late 1980s, and later we were co-directors of a concert series called Perpetuum Mobile,” says Peters.

“After catching up with Jennifer over coffee in Philadelphia last week, I was able to bring back new insights into her beautiful orchestral work, blue cathedral,” according to Peters. “This piece is a sensation, by the way, having performed by more than 400 orchestras over the last dozen years. Jennifer memorialized her younger brother in this beautiful music, a radiant vision of heaven.”

No music lover will want to miss this exciting performance.

Tickets to the November 5 concert at the Majestic Theatre are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Tune in to Classical Spotlight on Texas Public Radio’s KPAC on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. to hear John Clare interview Richard Stoltzman.