16-17 YSO Teaching Artists Program. Sponsors: Memorial Family of Services and Janet White

Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA) was launched in January 2013 at Garfield Elementary School as a program of OIC of Washington, with significant financial and logistical support from the Yakima School District and mostly moral support from the YSO. The YSO subsequently  received $25,000 from the League of American Orchestras in the form of a Getty Education and Community Investment Grant to establish the YSO Teaching Artist Program in support of YAMA. The YSO is one of only twenty-three American orchestras selected for this year’s grants, which are targeted toward educational programs, health and wellness programs, life-long learning opportunities and organizations serving populations with special needs. We are excited to be an active partner in this exceptional after-school program by providing YSO musicians the opportunity to serve as regular teaching faculty and mentors to YAMA students. 

YSO TeacA Julyan0Y2A0002hing Artists,Jennifer Moultine (YSO cellist) and Aaron Julyan (YSO percussionist) teach and coach alongside YAMA Program Director (and YSO violist) Stephanie Hsu, YSO Music Director emeritus Brooke Creswell, Garfield Music Teacher Christine Lavik and cellist Alex Pualani. Though their work they make orchestral music more relevant to the everyday lives of families throughout the Yakima Valley and connect more of our musicians in a truly meaningful way with our community.

The Yakima Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation 
and the League of American Orchestras for their generous support of this program.