YOA Orchestra of the Americas is a pan-American symphony of top musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 27 countries in the Western Hemisphere. With more than 5,000 musicians across North and South America entering the audition process each year, the 80-member ensemble ranks among the most competitive music platforms in the world. The Orchestra’s mission is to empower rising musical leaders to transform lives across the Americas and beyond. All participants join on full scholarship to achieve the greatest caliber of artistry possible. The Season Centerpiece is a July & August residence and concert tour held each year in different regions of the world.
The Orchestra performs in the world’s most iconic concert halls including the Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai, Saint Peter’s Basilica Vatican, Symphony Center Chicago, Teatro Teresa Carreño Caracas, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Sala Sao Paulo, Konzerthaus Berlin, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The European Centre for Music Luslawice, ElbPhilharmonie Hamburg, The Edinburgh International Festival, and Carnegie Hall New York to name a few — in addition to community-focused shows in unconventional settings from Jamaica to Belize, from rural Canada to Southern Chile. YOA brings renowned artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Valery Gergiev, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass into the lives of musicians and audiences across the Americas and beyond.
The impact of YOA Orchestra of the Americas stretches far and wide. The Orchestra 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. The organization serves as a model for countless artistic and educational programs worldwide.