Founded in 2001 by New England Conservatory and Vision, Inc., YOA Orchestra of the Americas was inspired by the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela.
IMPACT: YOA is much more than great music. It touches the lives of youth and families in underserved communities. It inspires arts, business and government leaders. It performs in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and sacred spaces – Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai, Saint Peter's Basilica Vatican, Symphony Center Chicago, Teatro Teresa Carreño Caracas, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Konzerthaus Berlin, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City, Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich, Snap Maltings Concert Hall Aldeburgh, and The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, WolfTrap National Park for the Performing Arts, to name a few. YOA guest artists include Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin, Gabriela Montero, Louis Lortie, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs and Paquito D’Rivera, among others.
REACH: Since its Inaugural Tour in 2002, YOA has performed over 250 concerts for audiences in the Americas and Europe – in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Italy, México, Panama, Perú, United States, Uruguay, Vatican, and Venezuela. YOA has reached over 10 million people through television & radio broadcasts, CD recordings, print media coverage, and documentary films on the orchestra’s formation, mission and programs.
*A recent performance history is now available here
2012 Annual Report:
Download the 2011 Annual Report here (1.76 MB)
Download the 2010 Annual Report here (1.38 MB)