Through Gustavo Dudamel's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) program - inspired by Venezuela's revolutionary El Sistema - the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change.


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YOLA @ EXPO Center

Location: Expo Center

Established: 2007

Ages: 6-18

Students: 320

Hours per Week: 12-18

Number of Orchestras: 3


The YOLA at EXPO Center program, part of Exposition Park in South L.A., has grown to include three orchestras, mentorship, group lessons, chamber music and parent programs. The program serves hundreds of students who attend four days each week. In addition, students perform annually at Walt Disney Concert Hall and have appeared multiple times on the iconic stage of the Hollywood Bowl.

YOLA at EXPO Center is a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Harmony Project, and the EXPO Center, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility.


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Location: Rampart District

Established: 2010

Ages: 12-15

Students: 250

Hours per Week: 15

Number of Orchestras: 2



Located in the Rampart District, YOLA at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) serves hundreds of students with intensive after-school orchestral instruction five days a week. Classes include music creativity, singing and solfège, ensemble rehearsals, and an hour of academic tutoring daily. This holistic approach fosters a sense of community and provides the students with the opportunity to take advantage of HOLA's exceptional programs and resources.

YOLA at HOLA is a partnership between the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA).

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Location: East LA

Established: 2014

Ages: 8-15

Students: 140

Hours per Week: 12-15

Number of Orchestras: 2


YOLA at LACHSA is the third site of the YOLA initiative. Nestled on the campus of Cal State LA, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), has provided powerful learning experiences for high school students within LA County in order for them to embrace and excel in the arts and academics while working towards their visions of the future. Each child has the opportunity to thrive in an intensive, nurturing musical environment, receiving a total of 15 hours of musical instruction and academic tutoring per week.

YOLA at LACHSA is a partnership of the LA Phil and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).

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YOLA @ Camino Nuevo

Location: Westlake/MacArthur Park

Established: 2017

Ages: 5-9

Students: 280

Hours per Week: 10


YOLA's 4th site is in its pilot phase of Fall 2017. It currently serves students in grades K-3 in the Westlake/MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles. Over time it will serve students in grades K-12 at the Kayne Siart Campus and Miramar Campus of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. YOLA at Camino Nuevo is the first in-school YOLA model, democratizing access to a rigorous sequential music education through the school environment and connecting to additional music instruction in the after-school hours.