Fall 2012

Summer Spectacular: YOLA at EXPO Performs with Juanes/Dudamel


The summer session for YOLA at EXPO concluded with one of YOLA’s largest performances to date. For two nights, the YOLA at EXPO Chamber Orchestra took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl with 17-time Latin Grammy-winner Juanes. The group performed four songs on the first half of the program including crowd-favorite, A Dios le pido. On the second evening, Gustavo Dudamel made a surprise appearance – conducting all of the YOLA songs. This concert was part of the Americas and Americans Festival, which united cultures from all of the Americas through music. To bring this concept to life, YOLA students came back on stage during the final song, waving flags from every country of the Americas while fireworks lit up the sky.

YOLA at HOLA Debuts at the Hollywood Bowl


In a season highlighted by collaborations with professional orchestras, the YOLA at HOLA Wind Ensemble joined the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (HBO) for this year's Opening Night Gala. Thomas Wilkins conducted a blistering rendition of Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5, passing the melody back-and-forth between the YOLA students and the HBO. LA Phil Board Member Julie Andrews introduced the 5th-6th grade students, who performed from memory in front of thousands of new friends (including Chaka Khan and Reba McEntire).

Exploring Culture through Music

When they weren’t performing this summer, YOLA students had the opportunity to discover the musical identities of different cultures. YOLA at EXPO students participated in intensive workshops in fiddling, jazz and mariachi music. In addition, thanks to the GRAMMY Foundation, they had the opportunity to hear a phenomenal group of musicians from China. Their younger counterparts at YOLA at HOLA focused on Japanese culture, culminating in an exchange with a group of students from Fukushima that included origami, kimonos, a tea ceremony, and, of course, music.



Deadline Approaching for Inaugural MAT Class

Take a StandThe Longy-Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is grounded in the philosophy that performing and teaching are integrally connected – that the researcher-scholar and artist-performer are one. With a curriculum that links advanced studies in musical performance with the daily demands of the classroom, the program develops leaders in socially-based teaching who aspire to advance the growing El Sistema movement in the United States. MAT students complete their coursework at the Los Angeles campus (located at YOLA at HOLA), where they experience hands-on learning with YOLA students and teachers. Students also engage in field experiences at local public schools. Graduates are awarded California single-subject K-12 teacher credentialing in music.  

This MAT program is a part of Take a Stand – the unique partnership between the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Bard College. 

Apply Now for the January 2013 class. The priority deadline for the program is October 1. Applications completed after October 1 are reviewed weekly, on a rolling basis, until the cohort is filled.

Questions? Contact Elsje.


YOLA in the Press

LA Times – Hollywood Bowl opens with the queens of country and funk

KNBC – Hollywood Bowl Opening Night

LA Times – Dudamel prepares to unite the Americas

Campus Circle – Juanes shows his heroic side to local youth orchestra

Music for Good Juanes makes a joyful noise with the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles

Huffington PostJuanes: feliz por invitación a la fiesta de Dudamel 'Americas & Americans'

La Opinión El cantautor colombiano ofrece concierto histórico en el primero de dos shows en el Hollywood Bowl

AFP 'La Camisa Negra' singer Juanes goes classical in L.A.

OC Register Juanes, Dudamel’s YOLA light up Americas & Americans spectacular at the Bowl

OC Weekly Juanes with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra - Hollywood Bowl

For more YOLA-related press, photos, and video, visit our YOLA Media Library.


Student Spotlight

Name: Lisbeth, age 11
Program: YOLA at HOLA
Instrument: Trombone/Euphonium
What are some of your favorite memories of being in YOLA? Performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall because it was only the second concert of my life and I've always wanted to play there.
Why do you like coming to YOLA at HOLA? I get to make music with my friends and work with great teachers. I also really like playing my instrument because it's fun.


Name: Raymond, age 14
Program: YOLA at HOLA
Instrument: Clarinet
School: Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts
Tell us about your favorite experience with YOLA. Performing with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela was life changing for me. It made me realize that you do not have to be from the greatest community to become an inspiring musician. I saw how in Venezuela, young musicians wanted their communities to change for the better, and then decided to be that change. Playing clarinet with the Bolívars made me realize that if I work hard and show passion through my music, I can achieve many things, just like the Bolívars have.
Why do you like coming to YOLA at HOLA? We're like a family here. We share a common interest in music and love to learn new things. Everyone at YOLA at HOLA supports me, and we support each other.



Stakeholder Spotlight

Latino Arts LA

There’s a new youth orchestra on the Eastside – The Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra. After meeting each other last September through the YOLA Eastside Stakeholder Group, Dr. Suzanne Gindin of Hollenbeck Middle School and Michael Hudson-Medina of Latino Arts LA put their resources and talents together to establish the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra. Suzanne and Michael have both been teaching music in Boyle Heights for the past three years and are very familiar with the community and its needs, so the opportunity to pool resources for an El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra came at an ideal time. The inaugural five-week summer session was set to begin with 40 students. However, by the third day due to overwhelming and enthusiastic demand, the program was expanded to serve 63 students, and now has a waiting list of over 40. From June 25 to July 27, students, 6-12 years old, attended three-hour sessions each weekday morning, which culminated with their first performance on the final day. The children and their parents were also provided with their first classical concert experience at the Hollywood Bowl, courtesy of the LA Phil.

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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