YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE'S (YOSL)

  • 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 after-school youth orchestra program, developed and carried out in partnership with the Police Athletic League (PAL) and local schools. Inspired by youth orchestra programs around the world that promote ensemble playing as an agent for social change, such as Venezuela's El Sistema, YOSL aims to provide children with an opportunity to excel musically, build lasting relationships, and learn essential life skills.

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.

Watch our students in action in this YOSL video.

Learn what it means to be El Sistema-inspired.
 

YOSL at PAL

YOSL offers free string-instrument and ensemble instruction after school at PAL’s Duncan Center. Students receive daily musical instruction with OSL musicians and teaching artists, and many performance opportunities.

Children’s Orchestra—For any 3rd–5th grade student who is brand new to their instrument or has been playing for less than a year.

Youth Orchestra—For any 5–7th grade student who has been playing their instrument for a year or more and has basic music-reading skills.

YOSL students from all sites rehearse together on the first Saturday of each month at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.


For information on how to sign up for YOSL at PAL, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 212-594-6100 x103.
 

YOSL Satellite Sites

In addition to our PAL Orchestra program, YOSL offers in- and after-school string instruction at three local elementary schools in the Clinton/Hudson Yards neighborhood—PS 111, PS 51, and Midtown West.

YOSL students from all sites rehearse together on the first Saturday of each month at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.


For information on how to sign up for a YOSL Satellite program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 212-594-6100 x103, or inquire at your school.
 

YOSL City-Wide

YOSL supports 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. Each year, these programs bring their students together for a city-wide concert. Read about the 2014 concert at the United Palace Theater.

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.
 

  


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