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521 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA, 98901
United States



YAMA Orchestras

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.
— Malcolm Arnold

Last season, the YAMA Orchestras consisted of 66 third through eighth graders from ten different schools in the Yakima School district. We are very grateful to have Garfield Elementary School as our home base for our Preludio and Chamber Orchestra where we rehearse five days a week, for two hours a day. This season we are extremely excited to offer an even more advanced YAMA experience; The YAMA Philharmonia.

The YAMA Orchestras are comprised of three orchestras of different levels to meet our students' ever growing musical needs. 

The YAMA Preludio Orchestra is where YAMA students begin their musical journeys. A focus on building a strong musical and group foundation is emphasized. Students in the Preludio Orchestra play great music from all around the world, often arranged by YAMA Staff, each chosen specifically to help them reach our musical goals.  Every quarter, Preludio students will be nominated by a Teaching Artist to audition for a chance to enter the Chamber Orchestra.

The YAMA Chamber Orchestra consists of our most advanced 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year instrumentalists. Students in the Chamber Orchestra tackle longer pieces (some unarranged classical masterpieces), are required to take their instruments home for practice, and serve as peer teachers to our newer YAMA students when asked.

The YAMA Philharmonia consists of our most advanced students is a three days a week intensice workshop to further students' understanding of their instruments and offer critical thinking and leadership development. Students of the Philharmonia will also be offered the chance to travel to the Garfield to serve as Peer Teaching Artist.

During a normal day at YAMA students can be found singing solfege in choir, attending music theory classes, learning about leadership, studying with a private teacher, performing, playing scale games and so much more.