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February 20-22
2014 Take a Stand Sympsium

February 25

SBSOV/YOLA Side-By-Side Concert, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

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       Winter 2014

Third YOLA Site Opens at LACHSA

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As the new year began, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) opened its doors to more than 80 new YOLA students. These students, currently 4th graders, will attend YOLA programming 5 days each week, after school and on Saturdays, in a school known for musical and artistic excellence. YOLA at LACHSA, made possible through the support of LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina who wanted to see YOLA offered to families in the communities that she represents, joins YOLA at EXPO and YOLA at HOLA as the third YOLA site. Coming from neighborhoods East of downtown L.A., YOLA at LACHSA students began their time in the program by learning necessary musicianship and responsibility skills, before receiving string instruments -- violin, viola, cello and bass.

Bolivars Return to Los Angeles

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When the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) comes to Los Angeles, it's always a whirlwind. This February's visit will be no different; the Orchestra will be in town to take part in the LA Phil's "TchaikovskyFest," which will include performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall and community venues. Outside of the concert halls, they will be immersed in YOLA. YOLA students will take part in two side-by-side concerts: the first, on February 25, will include YOLA's most advanced musicians in performance of their first full symphony--Tchaikovsky's 2nd Symphony--at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Later that week, on the 27th, the Bolivars will join YOLA in concert at Lafayette Park Recreation Center, across the street from the YOLA at HOLA site. The YOLA students have come a long way since their last side-by-side with the Bolivars; this year includes pure, unarranged Tchaikovsky!

YOLA Students Receive Prestigious Posse Foundation Scholarships

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YOLA at EXPO students Abdiel Lopez and Rodas Hailu have been selected for Posse Foundation Scholarships. Abdiel and Rodas, YOLA violin students since 2010 and 2007, respectively, will attend Grinnell College in Iowa in the fall. The Posse Foundation Scholarship, a full-tuition leadership scholarship granted to just 4% of applicants nation-wide, is designed to connect students who are often overlooked by the traditional college selection process with the most prestigious schools in the United States. Scholarship recipients attend colleges with a group of co-recipients and maintain a consistent support network, accounting for graduation rates significantly above the national average.

We wish Abdiel and Rodas, along with all of our graduating seniors, congratulations as they continue to pursue their ambitions in music and beyond!


Final Registration Deadline Approaching for Take a Stand Symposium

Take a Stand

Registration for the 2014 Take a Stand Symposium will close on February 14, so purchase a pass for all three days, or individual days, today! Presenters at the February 20-22 symposium will include: Guy RazRobert DukeDeborah BordaAntonio DamasioDennie Palmer WolfMarianne DiazLeon BotsteinEric BoothJesse Rosen, and El Sistema experts from around the world.




To learn more, visit the Take a Stand Symposium Website.


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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:

Name: Alexandria
Age: 15
Instrument: Trumpet
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.”


Name: Jamaiya
Age: 16
Instrument: Viola
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.”


Name: Josue
Age: 15
Instrument: Trombone
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.


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