Mission: To empower young musical leaders to transform lives across the Americas and beyond.
YOA Orchestra of the Americas is a Pan-American symphony of gifted young musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 5000 annual registrations across North and South America to audition for one 80 chairs, the Orchestra is among the most competitive musical platforms in the world. 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 gather with world-class mentors and guest artists for a two-week Residence followed by a three-week Concert Tour.
Founded in 2001 by VISION Inc., under the leadership of Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, in partnership with the New England Conservatory (NEC), and support from The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (DRCLAS), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and FESNOJIV (Venezuela), YOA brings renowned artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Valery Gergiev, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass into the lives of exceptional musicians and diverse audiences across the Americas and beyond. The Orchestra has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert spaces on four Continents, including the Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai, Saint Peter’s Basilica Vatican, Symphony Center Chicago, Teatro Teresa Carreño Caracas, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Konzerthaus Berlin, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The European Centre for Music Luslawice, and Carnegie Hall—to name a few. Additionally, a hallmark of YOA’s tours involves performances in outdoor spaces and unconventional settings not often associated with symphonic music.
The impact of YOA Orchestra of the Americas stretches far and wide. YOA has reached millions through live performances, television and radio broadcasts, recordings, print media and documentary films. 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, and serves as a model for and partner to countless artistic and educational programs worldwide.