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YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) provides young people, ages five through eighteen, with free instruments, intensive music instruction, and opportunities to perform on stages in their communities and around the world. In addition to YOLA’s local programs, which serve under-resourced communities across Los Angeles, YOLA National provides an ever-growing number of opportunities for young musicians, teaching artists, program administrators, and other stakeholders to learn from and create community with one another.

YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles)

There are currently four YOLA sites serving more than 1,500 musicians from surrounding Los Angeles communities.

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Beckmen YOLA Center

YOLA at Inglewood offers free after-school music programming for Inglewood students, at the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center.

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YOLA National Festival

An intensive orchestral training program, the YOLA National Festival is open to students aged 12-18 from Sistema-inspired programs and similar initiatives from across the country that are invested in youth and community development through music education.

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YOLA National Institute

Open to select musicians of the 2021 YOLA National Symphony Orchestra, the YOLA National Institute (YNI) offers in-depth training and support to young musicians interested in pursuing a career in music.

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YOLA National Symposium

The YOLA National Symposium brings together educators, administrators, advocates, and other key stakeholders invested in progressive music education and youth development to advance the field through collective learning and dialogue.

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Partners in Music Learning

This regranting initiative provides organizations in select regions across the U.S. to help unite, galvanize, and advance creative youth development and music programs.

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Your support is instrumental

Even with every advantage in the world, the odds of having a successful career in orchestral music are slim. As a greater number of graduates from YOLA and programs like it consider pursuing a college education and career in music, the LA Phil aims to support them at critical junctures along the pathway to their future success.

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