The LA Phil partners with the Longy School of Music and Bard College to support music for social change
This fall, the LA Phil announced Take a Stand, a partnership with the Longy School of Music and Bard College that supports social change through music. The joint initiative offers field-wide conferences and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program focused on training a new generation of teachers in the El Sistema philosophy. Click here to listen to Gustavo Dudamel and LA Phil President and CEO Deborah Borda discuss the innovative new partnership. And don't miss the inaugural Take a Stand Symposium coming up this January in Los Angeles – we hope to see you there!
New YOLA at HOLA students receive violins during second annual paper orchestra concert
On November 5, YOLA at HOLA kicked off the fall season with its first community concert in Lafayette Park (attended by City Councilmember Ed Reyes!), featuring all 180 students in the program's performing ensembles. The concert also included a special performance by YOLA at HOLA's new first-grade paper orchestra, whose members received their real violins in a ceremony led by LA Phil violinist Elizabeth Baker. To learn more about the paper orchestra curriculum, click here.
YOLA's fall enrollment reaches 500 students
What a difference a year makes! As of this fall, enrollment across both YOLA sites, at EXPO and HOLA, has reached 500 students. Click here to see the progress that 100 budding musicians made in the first year of YOLA at HOLA, as well as their joint performance with the seasoned members of YOLA at EXPO. How do the "veteran" students feel about having new children join their orchestras? In the words of ten-year-old YOLA at HOLA clarinet player Alison, "I'm happy to have new members because there are kids out there who don't have the opportunity to play music, and now they do."