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Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA)
YOLA changes lives – one child, one family, one community at a time.
Through Gustavo Dudamel's Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) program – inspired by Venezuela's revolutionary El Sistema – the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, enabling every child to contribute using their full potential.
YOLA Students Travel to London
March 12-17, 2013
10 high school-aged YOLA students travelled to London to take part in music workshops, participate in panels and presentations at the Future Play symposium, meet peer musicians from the UK, and perform in an open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel and young musicians from around London. While the international travel was a major event on its own, the trip was also significant for bringing together students from each of YOLA’s two sites—YOLA at HOLA and YOLA at EXPO.
Somehow, in the midst of a jam-packed schedule, the students managed to document their trip in journal entries. Learn more about this exciting trip and read excerpts from students’ journal entries here:
For more on the YOLA trip to London, visit the LA Phil 2013 Tour Blog.
"I have grown in YOLA – learning to be a better leader, role model, and musician. Music is in every subject. Being here, I know that I won't get left behind." Alison — age 10