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Winter 2013

YOLA at HOLA Celebrates its Second Anniversary with Gustavo Dudamel


Gustavo Dudamel joined students, parents, and friends of YOLA at HOLA in Lafayette Park on October 13 to celebrate the program’s second anniversary.  Upon stepping out of his car, Dudamel was greeted with a welcome song by all 240 of YOLA at HOLA’s student musicians.  He was then serenaded by YOLA at HOLA’s youngest students, the paper violin class. Dudamel joined the full YOLA at HOLA orchestra inside the Lafayette Park Recreation Center where he rehearsed YOLA at HOLA’s wind ensemble in an arrangement of Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco before rehearsing the full YOLA at HOLA Orchestra in Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. “And some of you have only one year of playing?” asked the maestro. “That is a miracle!”

Marin Alsop Conducts YOLA at EXPO

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony and Founding Director of ORCHkids, rehearsed students in the YOLA at EXPO Chamber Orchestra on November 3.  Alsop’s visit with YOLA coincided with her weekend-long concert series with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, during which the orchestra performed Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. As luck would have it, the YOLA at EXPO Chamber Orchestra (the site’s most advanced orchestra) was spending the morning perfecting that Symphony’s first movement. Alsop worked with those YOLA student musicians on some challenging aspects of the piece before heading back to Walt Disney Concert Hall to conduct the LA Phil in a performance of that same piece.

YOLA at HOLA Students Participate in USC Brain Study On the Musically Trained Mind

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), and the USC Brain and Creativity Institute — led by acclaimed neuroscientists Hanna Damasio and Antonio Damasio — have announced a longitudinal research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social and cognitive effects of musical training on childhood brain development.  The five-year research project, Effects of Early Childhood Musical Training on Brain and Cognitive Development, will provide USC researchers with an important opportunity to provide new insights and add rigorous data to an emerging discussion about the role of early music engagement in learning and brain function. Learn more about the study here.



2013 Symposium in London to Involve YOLA Students

Registration Now Open for Future Play Symposium

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is pleased to be co-hosting its 2013 Symposium, Future Play: Music Systems in the 21st Century, with the Barbican Centre from March 13-15, 2013. The Symposium, to be held at the Barbican Centre in London, is in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama and our Take a Stand partners – Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Bard College. Ten high school-aged YOLA students will be travelling to London to take part in portions of the symposium and additional workshops including an open rehearsal led by Gustavo Dudamel, which will include musicians from UK Youth Music Hubs. Students were selected through a college application-style process that involved an essay, interview, and musical audition. To learn more about some of the YOLA students heading to London, see the Student Spotlight section below.

To register, please visit the Future Play Website.


YOLA in the Press

NBC Southern CaliforniaYOLA at HOLA Builds Community Through Orchestra

Huffington PostThe Ultimate Success Story

The LA TimesYouth Orchestra Opens Up New World for Participants (Stakeholder Feature)

The Washington PostVenezuela's El Sistema Program: Orchestrating a Musical Movement for Youths

ActualidadDietrich Paredes debutó como director invitado de la Filarmónica de Los Ángeles

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


Spotlight on YOLA Students Travelling to London

We are proud to introduce two of the ten students who will be representing YOLA in March of 2013 as YOLA travels to London. The students selected to go on the trip represent the ideals of YOLA, through both their musicianship and commitment to leadership.


NAME:  Jacob
AGE: 14
ON THE RITE OF SPRING: “One of the greatest moments of my life was when I got to see the LA Phil perform The Rite of Spring with Gustavo Dudamel conducting on September 29, 2012. Every time I hear [Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring] there is always something different about it…I have a copy of the score and have been studying it. I am constantly looking for new ideas for composing my own pieces of music. Whether I am writing it on paper or I’m thinking it in my head, a lot comes from my being influenced by The Rite of Spring. Stravinsky has shown me that there are no limits in music. I want to follow in his footsteps, knowing that I am indeed going to be a musician, a composer, and a conductor.”
SPECIAL NOTES: Jacob attends Renaissance Arts High School.


NAME: Rodas
AGE: 16
FAVORITE YOLA MEMORY: “I don’t usually get star-struck. But a time I got really star struck was when I was sitting on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall and I looked up and saw this brilliant musician who I listen to on my iPod all the time — Sir Simon Rattle. Sir Simon Rattle conducting YOLA: I think that’s been my favorite YOLA memory yet.”
SPECIAL NOTES: Rodas has volunteered in the offices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and wants to study journalism in college.


Stakeholder Spotlight


The Watts-Willowbrook Youth Symphony, spearheaded by noted jazz musician and nonprofit leader Billy Mitchell, held their holiday recital on December 13 at the Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club on East 120th Street in Los Angeles.

Mr. Mitchell commented, “The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory is designed to transform the lives and minds of young people in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles. We provide high quality music education and opportunities for children in one of the most economically depressed areas in Southern California. We aim to increase community participation in classical music and also develop the youth orchestra that will represent their communities.”

Including students from elementary and middle schools in South Los Angeles and Compton, the Watts-Willowbrook Youth Symphony is a collaboration between the Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, SAPPA (Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy, of which Mr. Mitchell is Executive Director), and several local school music programs. 

Mr. Mitchell added, “We’ve hired a parent-community coordinator to stimulate family and community involvement in music programs. These will include weekly parent workshops to help them better understand the learning process and better help their children practice.”

For more information about this recital by the Watts-Willowbrook Symphony, please visit the SAPPA website.

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Leadership support for the LA Phil’s Educational Initiatives is provided by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, Amgen Foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Anonymous, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Walt Disney Company, Eisner Foundation and Toyota Motor Sales, Inc.. Additional support is provided by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation through the League of American Orchestra’s Getty Award program.


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