Friday, April 7th, 2017
6:30 pm until Midnight
Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Cocktails, Dinner,
Live Music featuring YOA Musicians and Sweet Saludos,

Dancing, Silent and Live Auction!


*Ticket sales will close on April 5th at Midnight.

Check out highlights from last year’s YOA Gala in the Washington Life Magazine!

Gala Host Committee

Carol Grefenstette & David Bates
Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg & Arturo Brillembourg
Cristina & Pedro Burelli
Lizette Corro
Isabel & Ricardo Ernst
Dr. Sachiko Kuno
Mirella & Daniel Levinas
JoAnn & John Mason
Ambassador Javier & Flavia Sancho
Cecilia & Guillermo Schultz

Young Professionals Committee

Jennifer & Arturo Brillembourg
Clara & George Chopivsky
Caitlin Goodman
Kate & Kimani Little
Jennifer Nobil
Jonathan Nobil
Jaclyn & Sean Randall

Since its inception in 2002, YOA has:

  • Performed over 300 concerts
  • Inspired more than 40 musical initiatives launched by alumni
  • Auditioned over 15,000 musicians
  • Toured 33 different countries across the globe

We are tremendously proud of the success of our musicians and programs and hope you will join us for YOA’s Gala to celebrate our launch of the 2017 Southern Cone Tour.

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Special Features: YOA’s Gala will include an open bar and Dominican Cigars, Santa Teresa Rum, and much more.

Auction: Guests will enjoy opportunities to bid on silent and live auction items including: vacation homes in Madrid, St. Croix, and Cartagena, exclusive dinners and much more!

Featuring Live Performances by

YOA Musicians: YOA Alumni, featuring YOA Alumnus Nigel Armstrong, will return to the Gala stage and share their passion and music with you!

Nigel Armstrong, Violin

Nigel Armstrong is emerging as a dynamic and creative artist both within and beyond the realm of classical music.  As a soloist, Nigel has performed with orchestras around the world including the Dusseldorf Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, and the Boston Pops, and with conductors including Sir Neville Marriner and Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Ivan Javier Valbuena Páez was born in Bogotá and began his clarinet studies at the age of 8. He has been a clarinetist in YOA’s Orchestra since 2010 and he is a YOA Global Leader. As a Global Leader Ivan performs and teaches in Panamá, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize and Chicago.


A Dos Music Project, Clarinet

Luz Elena Sarmiento was born in Santander, Colombia and started her musical education when she was 9 years old. In 2010 and 2011 she was selected, as a clarinetist, to be a member of the YOA Orchestra. Luz is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin, and she is appointed as the clarinet Teaching Assistant.

weet Saludos: Presenting a contagious mix of popular and traditional South American, Central American, and Cuban songs, DC-based quintet Sweet Saludos has built a large and loyal following. The ensemble features innovative vocal harmonies and guitar arrangements atop a foundation of powerful percussion. In addition to residencies and concert appearances, Sweet Saludos plays onstage at Rumba Cafe in Adam’s Morgan, DC’s Latin Quarter, on Saturday nights.