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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)

In Los Angeles, there are currently four YOLA sites serving 1,300 musicians from under-resourced communities, and our fifth site, YOLA at Inglewood, is slated to open fall 2020.

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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 2019 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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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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