SAN ANTONIO – If you’ve ever had the chance to attend a Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, or YOSA concert, you’ve witnesses some of the city’s most skilled young musicians.
The musicians must go through an annual selection and are placed in one of YOSA’s nine orchestras depending on the their ability. The goal for many YOSA orchestra musicians is to make it to the top orchestra, the YOSA Philharmonic.
Javier Hernández, a senior at Saint Mary’s Hall, was able to accomplish that dream during the 2019-2020 YOSA Orchestra season. It’s an opportunity that has allowed him to perform at the professional level in renowned stages such as the Tobin Center of Performing Arts.
“They're just so intense,” Hernández said. “They push everyone to the absolute limits in terms of like technicality (and) working on their musical expressiveness and taste.”
Hernandez plays the bass. His command over the string instrument as well as private lessons have put him at first chair.
“Whenever (classical) music, I just envision the great composers, the great music and the great orchestras of the past,” Hernández said. “I feel like, you know, this is history being presented to you in a life form, an art form right in the moment. I think that's something that really only music can accomplish.”
Hernández strives to become one of the greats and will take his talents more than 1,000 miles northeast of San Antonio. Hernández is set to head to Bloomington, Indiana in the fall. The young musician was accepted to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, a music conservatory that consistently ranks among the top music schools in the nation.