Through Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA), the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change. YOLA serves children with the greatest needs, fewest resources, and little or no access to instrumental instruction.
The inspiration for YOLA comes from El Sistema, the dynamic Venezuelan youth orchestra movement that nurtured LA Phil music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel. Like El Sistema, YOLA is designed to act as an agent of social change—connecting children and their families to a musical experience with the potential to transform the community, create opportunities for achievement across social strata, and instill a sense of self-worth in its participants.
How you can help
With generous donor support, the LA Phil will expand and deepen YOLA’s offerings in the coming years, reaching more underserved children across Los Angeles and serving as a model and resource for El Sistema-inspired programs across the country.
YOLA is made possible through LA Phil partnerships with Harmony Project, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), the EXPO Center – a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.