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Summer 2012

Sir Simon Rattle conducts YOLA EXPO Center Chamber Orchestra during Youth Orchestra Festival Day

Sir Simon Rattle Conducts YOLA

On May 5, Sir Simon Rattle opened the LA Phil's sixth annual Youth Orchestra Festival Day, leading the YOLA EXPO Center Chamber Orchestra in a performance of the Finale from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert – which also featured over 300 students from YOLA at HOLA and YOLA at EXPO's two other ensembles – marked the first time the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker has worked with students from Gustavo Dudamel's signature program. "I am really proud that this is happening in L.A.," said the music education advocate. "You feel something radiating from [the students]." Click here to see footage from the event and hear Maestro Rattle discuss YOLA and El Sistema.

Fifteen hundred students come together to celebrate the power of music on YOLA Neighborhood Project Day

YOLA Neighborhood Project Day

Over 1,500 local students came together on April 21 for the second annual YOLA Neighborhood Project (YNP) Day at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles to celebrate the music-making that takes place in their neighborhoods. Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes welcomed an audience of families, teachers, and members of the community, who watched children in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade from South L.A. and Rampart District schools perform "Ode to Joy" alongside their community youth orchestra – YOLA at EXPO and YOLA at HOLA. Click here to learn more about the initiative and see the power of YNP in action.

YOLA at HOLA students perform side-by-side with LA Phil chamber group during Neighborhood Concert

YOLA at HOLA's advanced woodwind students were invited to join members of the LA Phil for a second time during a free neighborhood chamber music concert on May 14 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Pico-Union. Mitchell Newman (violin), Robert Vijay Gupta (violin), Ben Ullery (viola), Leticia Oaks Strong (viola), and Daniel Rothmuller (cello) performed Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Holst's "Jupiter" (from The Planets) alongside the 10- and 11-year-old musicians, who just concluded their second year of programming.



Coming Soon: YOLA at HOLA Winds Perform During Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl!

YOLA at HOLA Wind Ensemble
The Hollywood Bowl's star-studded Opening Night concert will feature a handful of very special guests this year: the advanced wind and brass players from YOLA at HOLA. Hosted by Julie Andrews, the event marks the first time that YOLA at HOLA students appear on the Hollywood Bowl stage (sister orchestra YOLA at EXPO has appeared twice, with both Gustavo Dudamel and Stevie Wonder). Featured performances will also include Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductees Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan. Click here for more information about the concert and to purchase tickets. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the LA Phil and its education programs, including YOLA.

Highlights from the Resource Library

At the heart of an evolving international movement of El Sistema-inspired programs, the YOLA team is committed to sharing our learning and our inspiration from Venezuela through the YOLA Resource Library. Divided into the categories of "Inspiration" and "Action," the ever-evolving collection includes essays, action guides, and additional tools for teachers, nucleo leaders, parents and community members who are interested in the El Sistema philosophy. New highlights include samples of program schedules, instrument contracts, and teaching artist job descriptions. Click here to access the full Resource Library site.


Student Spotlight

Arlette, age 14
Name: Arlette, age 14
Program: YOLA at EXPO
Instrument: Violin
What's the best part of being in YOLA? I get to play great music and meet amazing conductors like Gustavo Dudamel and [Sir] Simon Rattle.
How was your recent rehearsal with Sir Simon Rattle? I was concertmaster, so I had a really good time. I wasn't so buried in my music and got to experience the music in a whole new way.
Do you hope to continue playing music once you've graduated from high school? Yes - I want to keep playing the violin and hopefully study music in college.

John, age 11

Name: John, age 11
Program: YOLA at HOLA
Instrument: Bassoon
Bassoon seems like a tough instrument! Why do you like it? I like that it plays high and low. And it can be different depending on the music we're playing - I can be a woodwind and a brass player.
You've been in the program for almost two years. Do you have a favorite piece you've learned? Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. It's fast and I like the dynamics and tempo.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I want to keep playing music. I'd also like to be a composer, so I can express myself and my feelings.



Stakeholder Spotlight


The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) is one of the premier arts high schools in the United States. As a leader in arts education, LACHSA has a responsibility to actively engage with schools, arts institutions, arts non-profits, and community centers. The LACHSA's Principal's Office of Community Engagement develops initiatives in the greater Los Angeles community to generate excitement among new audiences and provide exposure to the arts for under-served populations. These initiatives include "Take Part in Art," which provides K-12 students with transportation to and curriculum connection study guides for LACHSA performances in venues throughout the county, and "LACHSA on the Road," "LACHSA on the Road at Home," and "LACHSA in Residence," which bring LACHSA students to schools, after-school programs, libraries, and community centers for interactive performances and presentations. Click here to learn more about LACHSA's community engagement initiatives.

Click here for more information about the YOLA Stakeholder Network.

Leadership support for the LA Phil's Educational Initiatives is provided by Fidelity Investments, the Annenberg Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, Amgen Foundation, Rose Hills Foundation and the Lee and Hope Landis Warner YOLA Student Fund.


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