Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA)
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 over 800 students from vulnerable communities, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change. YOLA provides each student, from the ages of 6 to 18, with a strong musical and social foundation through participation in 12-15 hours of programming each week. With YOLA sites in South L.A., the Rampart District, and East L.A., YOLA engages students from more than 200 schools in L.A. County. Music study is complemented by leadership development opportunities, parent workshops, and performances – both in the community and in world-class venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.
Located in South Los Angeles and founded with the Harmony Project in 2007 as the first YOLA site, YOLA at EXPO Center is a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Harmony Project, and the EXPO Center, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility. YOLA at HOLA is located in the Rampart District, one of L.A.’s most densely populated and diverse neighborhoods. Founded in 2010, this program is a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA). With major support from Supervisor Hilda Solis, YOLA at LACHSA began in 2014 and engages children in the County’s First District in East L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley. YOLA at LACHSA is a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. YOLA’s young musicians have performed on great stages all over the world, including the LA Phil’s two iconic venues – the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall; in many other locations throughout Southern California; on national and international television broadcasts; and alongside the greatest artists. YOLA at Camino Nuevo, located in the Westlake/MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles, is the first in-school YOLA model, allowing the LA Phil to bring music instruction into the school day and extend it after-school. Launched in 2017, this program will serve all students at the Kayne Siart Campus of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy.
Visit www.laphil.com/yola for more information on YOLA and LA Phil educational programs.