Education Sponsors: Teaching Artist

Inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema model, Yakima Music en Accíon (YAMA) fosters the essential cognitive and social skill development of Yakima’s children and youth through intensive, ensemble-based musical programming. Through high-quality music learning and regular performance opportunities, YAMA students develop skills to promote and sustain their own academic and social success, while simultaneously enhancing community vibrancy and civic engagement through their positive community participation. Established in 2013 at Garfield Elementary School in Yakima, YAMA started as a community partnership of OIC in Washington, the Yakima School District and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra (YSO), with each organization providing critical support and services toward the YAMA mission. As of the summer of 2017, after two years as an affiliate program within the YSO organization, the core YAMA program is now managed through its own independent non-profit entity, employing its own administrative staff and Teaching Artists, once again in a three-way partnership with YSO and the Yakima School District.

Since 2014, YSO has separately hired Teaching Artists for the YAMA program from our symphony roster, ensuring that highly-trained performing artists with professional symphonic credentials and experience play a consistent role as teachers and mentors on the YAMA faculty. As the first YAMA students have progressed to middle and high school, YSO’s resources have increasingly shifted toward support for older students as they approach high school graduation. To this end, in 2016 a new YAMA Philharmonia  program was launched at Davis High School, drawing students from Davis and three middle schools, coordinated by YSO cellist and Teaching Artist Jennifer Moultine. This year Ms. Moultine serves as administrator and site director for YAMA Philharmonia, joined by violinist and new YSO Teaching Artist Vanessa Moss, working with YAMA Executive Director Stephanie Hsu and other YAMA staff to develop students’ leadership skills (training them as teachers and mentors to younger YAMA students), advance their musical proficiency, support their socio-emotional growth and help prepare them to take advantage of post-secondary educational opportunities. [Photo by Gary Miller]

For information on how to support the YSO’s Teaching Artist program, call our office at (509) 248-1414. For additional information about YAMA, please visit

The Yakima Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors for their generous support of this program:


Janet White Rosemary A. C. Gottlieb