Youth Orchestra of the Americas

  • Arlington



1001 19th Street North, 16th Floor
United States

About Us

A Powerful Network Transforming Lives and Communities through Music

Led by Artistic Advisor, Plácido Domingo, YOA is a multicultural, world-class symphony orchestra of 100 gifted young musicians, aged between 18 and 26, from over 20 countries of the Western Hemisphere. Musicians are selected from a rigorous audition process at local, national and international levels. The finest musicians are chosen to participate on full scholarship, to allow for the greatest diversity possible, regardless of economic background or means. Each July, the musicians gather for a 2-week residency to participate in master classes and rehearsals of diverse and challenging repertoire in preparation for a 3-week concert tour in multiple countries of the Western Hemisphere, and beyond. Over 400 youth have participated in YOA to date.

The mission of YOA is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change.