YOA IS A WORLD-CLASS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA of gifted young musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. YOA’s mission is to empower young musical leaders to transform lives across the Americas and beyond. YOA brings renowned artists— from Yo-Yo Ma to Valery Gergiev, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass— into the lives of young musicians, and diverse audiences.

FREE AND OPEN AUDITIONS are held annually via YouTube to ensure that any deserving and eligible musician can apply. Following adjudication by prestigious faculty, all musicians participate on full scholarship to achieve the greatest equality and diversity.

THE SEASON CENTERPIECE is a July – August Residence and Concert Tour held each year in different regions of the world. Musicians, Faculty, Conductors, and Guest Artists gather for a 2-week Residence of daily full orchestra and sectional rehearsals to prepare diverse and challenging repertoire to take on a month-long Tour.

YOA HAS PERFORMED in settings that range from the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, China, and the Americas to outdoor venues not often associated with symphonic music. YOA has reached millions through live performances, television and radio broadcasts, CD recordings, print media, and documentary films.

THE GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAM is a nine month professional training course in Community Leadership, Teaching Artistry, and Social Entrepreneurship offered annually to a group of exceptional musicians and aspiring changemakers.

THE IMPACT OF YOA stretches far and wide. Participants return to their native countries to share experiences and gained knowledge with their communities. YOA connects musicians to institutions of higher learning and professional job opportunities. YOA has served as the model for music education programs in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, the United States, and Uruguay.

QUICK FACTS

AUDITION COST = $0

PARTICIPATION COST = $0

COUNTRIES TOURED = 33

COUNTRIES REPRESENTED = 26

PREDOMINANT LANGUAGE OF MUSICIANS = SPANISH

ALUMNI-LAUNCHED ORGANIZATIONS = 40+

ALUMNI IN PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRAS = 250+

AVERAGE ANNUAL AUDITIONS = 1,000

AVERAGE ANNUAL ACCEPTED MUSICIANS = 80

AGES OF ELIGIBILITY = 18 – 30

AVERAGE PARTICIPANT AGE = 24

MOST AUDITIONS = VENEZUELA

RUNNER-UP AUDITIONS = UNITED STATES

FACEBOOK FANS = 90,000+

MOST FANS (COUNTRY) = VENEZUELA

MOST FANS (CITY) = BOGOTÁ

PREDOMINANT LANGUAGE OF FOLLOWERS = SPANISH

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