• A YOSL student is all smiles as she picks up her violin at PAL summer camp.
  • YOSL students talk about their PAL summer camp music experiences at a final concert.
  • YOSL summer camp students play violin and dance during their culminating concert at The DiMenna Center.
  • OSL violinist Karl Kawahara works with young string players from P.S. 111.
  • Young string players from P.S. 111 perform at The DiMenna Center.
  • OSL cellist Daire FitzGerald works with a young string player at The DiMenna Center.
  • OSL violinist Karl Kawahara works with young string players from P.S. 111 at The DiMenna Center.

YOSL is Orchestra of St. Luke’s new after-school youth orchestra program, developed and carried out in partnership with the Police Athletic League (PAL). Through YOSL, children achieve musical excellence, build lasting relationships, and learn life-long skills. YOSL is inspired by youth orchestra programs around the world, such as Venezuela's El Sistema, that emphasize ensemble playing as an agent for social change.

YOSL was created to address concerns voiced in OSL’s Clinton/Hudson Yards neighborhood, including the need for after-school programs and arts programs for children; activities that develop self-confidence, leadership, and team-building; and activities that create strong community connections. 

Learn what it means to be El Sistema-inspired.


YOSL offers free string instrument and ensemble instruction after school at PAL’s Duncan Center. Students receive 10 hours of musical instruction with OSL teaching artists per week and many performance opportunities. YOSL students also rehearse and perform together with students in OSL’s in-school instrumental programs at Clinton/Hudson Yards schools P.S. 111 and P.S. 51.

For information on how to sign up for YOSL at PAL, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

YOSL City-Wide

YOSL will support numerous after-school music programs throughout the New York City area by offering coaching sessions with OSL musicians, ensemble workshops, and professional development sessions for teachers.

In the long term, YOSL will expand to include all orchestral instruments and will develop into a city-wide youth orchestra based at OSL’s home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. The orchestra will be made up of students in all OSL instrumental coaching programs as well as other after-school music programs.


YOSL is offered by Orchestra of St. Luke’s in partnership with Police Athletic League, Inc.

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