Student Spotlight: YOLA Travels to Boston
In conjunction with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2014 US Tour, 10 YOLA students will travel to Boston at the end of March to perform, teach, and visit colleges. A hub for El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, Boston will give YOLA students the opportunity to teach and mentor younger musicians as they visit nucleos in and around the city, and they will also receive coaching themselves from members of Longy’s conservatory faculty. The trip's culminating event will find the YOLA students playing in an open rehearsal at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), conducted by LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. This Take a Stand event is part of Longy’s Sistema Side by Side, an ongoing series of seminarios that brings together Longy faculty, conservatory students, and young musicians from El Sistema-inspired music programs in the Boston area. We are excited to collaborate with our Take a Stand partner, Longy School of Music of Bard College during this residency!
Below, meet three of the ten students preparing for a trip to Boston:
With YOLA Since: 2009
“I told a friend who was having a hard time understanding what he was feeling, ‘Try to put your feelings into music.’ He came back to me and let me know that not only did it work, but the songs came more naturally to him when he did. That exchange motivated me to continue on my musical journey so that I can not only express my own pent up emotions, but also aid others in better coping with whatever they have going on in their lives.”
With YOLA Since: 2008
“Music is my muse. I can crawl into the spaces between notes and turn my back on loneliness, anger, hurt, stress and all negative energy. Music is the shorthand of emotion. It’s an explosive expression of humanity.”
With YOLA Since: 2009
“At YOLA, I mentor a younger student and I give him the same advice my teachers have given me: keep practicing and working hard and all that work will pay off one day. I hope that one day I will share the stage with my younger sister and that kids my age and younger will see what I have accomplished and want to pursue music as well.”
Leadership support for the LA Phil's Educational Initiatives is provided by the Peggy Bergmann YOLA Endowment Fund, Anonymous, Lee and Hope Landis Warner YOLA Student Fund, Norma D. Kayser Trust, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, The Rose Hills Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Amgen Foundation, Walt Disney Company, and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.
Additional support is provided by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Eisner Foundation, Terri and Jerry M. Kohl, Dudley Rauch, Rosenthal Family Foundation, James and Laura Rosenwald/Orinoco Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Target Corporation, Edgerton Foundation, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, The Wunderkinder Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Anonymous, Joyce Brandman/Saul Brandman Foundation, Mark Dalzell, Ferguson Foundation, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Kaplan, Victoria and Kerry McCluggage, Wendy and Ken Ruby, Jack Suzar and Linda May, Wells Fargo, and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation through the League of American Orchestras' Getty Education and Community Engagement Grants Program.