“If YOA is the future of the symphony orchestra, then that future is secure.”
–Philip Glass

“I know of no example of cultures coexisting more beautifully than in YOA.”
–Carlos Miguel Prieto

“What is so special about YOA is the sense of sharing between cultures.”
–Gustavo Dudamel

“In YOA young leaders become musical ambassadors.”
Yo-Yo Ma

“I learn from them… from their passion, their talent, and their joy.”
–Plácido Domingo

“I am continually inspired by this orchestra.”
–Paquito d’ Rivera

“YOA opened my eyes to a new world.”
–Sarah Chang

“It is a wonderful experience to make music with this orchestra.”
–Gabriela Montero

“What an amazing adventure!”
–Louis Lortie

“This orchestra changes lives.”
–Rafael Payare


“YOA explains that what unites us as people is greater than that which separates us.”
–Paulo Coelho, Author, The Alchemist

“YOA is the most important cultural project in the Americas.”
Cesar Gavíria, President of Colombia (1990-1994)

“YOA is a model for the world.”
–David Rockefeller, Jr., Philanthropist

“The enthusiasm sparked by this orchestra reveals the power of music to bring people together, creating and strengthening bonds within the community and between nations.”
–David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

“YOA is a source of inspirations to all musicians.”
–Cecilia Morel, First Lady of Chile (2010-2014)

This orchestra embodies the truth that musical instruments are more powerful than guns.”
Óscar Arias, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1987);
President of Costa Rica (1986-1990; 2006-2010)

YOA plays a vital role in the formation of young artists from the Americas.”
–Marta Linares, First Lady of Panama

“YOA represents a new paradigm towards a world that is more tolerant and responsible.”
–Laura Chinchilla Miranda
, President of Costa Rica (2010-2014)

“YOA as a place for social inclusion and integration among nations is a compelling model.”
–Daniel Ortega
, President of Nicaragua

“YOA is a part of a lasting legacy for our country.”
–Otto Pérez Molina
, President of Guatemala

“YOA raises awareness for the importance of music education within countries.”
–Sir Colville Young,
Governor-General of Belize