Empowering Youth, Building Community

YOLA National programs bring together those who believe that music education has a powerful role to play in youth and community development. Designed to respond to the changing needs of the field, YOLA National offers an ever-growing number of opportunities for young musicians, teaching artists, program administrators, and other stakeholders to learn from and create community with one another.

Through this work, the LA Phil aims to empower young people from populations that have been historically excluded from intensive music training and foster a dialogue among practitioners that will help shape the future of the field.

YOLA National Festival

An intensive summer learning program and top-tier ensemble, the YOLA National Festival is an opportunity for students from Sistema-inspired programs and programs similarly invested in youth and community development through music.

Musicians convene each summer in Southern California for a two-week period of learning and performance with world-renowned conductors and artist mentors. Participation is free—travel, lodging, meals, and programming are provided to students at no cost. The 2019 program will feature two ensembles: the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra.

The festival’s ultimate aim is to create a civically-minded community of young musicians from diverse regions across the country, while developing a model for excellence that will positively shape progressive music education nationwide.

APPLY NOW

To learn more about eligibility and the application process, read below or email YOLA@laphil.org.

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NEW THIS YEAR!

YOLA National Institute

Open to select musicians from the 2019 YOLA National Symphony Orchestra, the YOLA National Institute (YNI) offers in-depth training to young musicians interested in pursuing a career in field of music. The Institute’s inaugural class of fellows will perform with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in a performance led by Gustavo Dudamel and join the LA Phil's 2019 Tour to Edinburgh, Scotland from July 31-August 5, 2019, immediately following the completion of the YOLA National Festival.

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Important Dates

January 16, 2019

Applications open 

Deadline Extended to March 8, 2019

Applications close

March 8, 2019

Deadline for recommendations from teachers and faculty

April 1, 2019

Admission decisions released

July 16-28, 2019

YOLA National Festival
*July 16 & 28: travel dates

July 26, 2019

Performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Eligibility Requirements

Students applying for the Festival Orchestras must meet program and age requirements in order to participate. All students must be enrolled in a music program that is either directly inspired by El Sistema, or in a program similarly invested in youth empowerment. While each El Sistema-inspired or aligned program operates differently, there are basic tenets associated with such programs which this Festival aims to support. All programs must meet at least 5 of the following criteria outlined in our eligibility forms in the above Application Materials.

Symphony Orchestra

Young musicians aged 14-18 may apply to the 100-member Symphony Orchestra. This is a highly competitive ensemble, open to the most advanced players from Sistema-inspired and aligned programs from across the country. Excerpts for the symphony orchestra can be found on ourAudition Requirements page. Please note: String applicants age 14 who apply to the Symphony Orchestra will automatically be considered for the Chamber Orchestra.

Chamber Orchestra

String players aged 12-14 are eligible for the Chamber Orchestra. Though students who are 14 years old may apply for the Symphony Orchestra, they may also choose to apply only for the Chamber Orchestra. Students will complete the same application process, with different audition excerpts. Excerpts for the Chamber Orchestra can be found on ourAudition Requirements page.

Please note: All applicants should only submit one application, with one set of excerpts.

Locations

Check back soon for more information about special performances, rehearsals, and venues!

 

Los Angeles, CA

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Faculty

Gustavo Dudamel Music & Artistic Director, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Jennifer Grim Flute, University of Miami, Incoming Associate Professor of Flute
Claire Brazeau  Oboe, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Principal Oboe, CSU Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Oboe Faculty
Mariam Adam Clarinet, Chineke Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble - Principal Clarinet, International Soloist and Musician
Lecolion Washington Bassoon, Community Music Center of Boston, Executive Director
Annie Bosler Horn, Los Angeles Freelance Musician, Cal State Northridge and Pasadena City College, Professor of Horn, Author of College Prep for Musicians
Burt Mason Metropolitan Opera, Associate Musician, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Principal Trombone, Juilliard Music Advancement Program, Trombone and Low Brass
Mariesther Alvarez Violin, Boston String Academy, Director, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Faculty
Simon Bernardini Violin, Berliner Philharmoniker
Benjamin Hoffman Violin, Redlands Symphony, Principal Second Violin, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Violin
Cosima Luther  Violin, YOLA at EXPO, Violin Teaching Artist
Lauren Rausch Violin, John Hopkins Peabody Preparatory, Director, Young People's String Program & Coordinator, Tuned-In Program
Tiffany Rice Violin, The Windsor School, Boston, MA, Director of Performing Arts and Music Faculty
James Woomert Violin, Atholton High School, Columbia, MD, Director of Orchestras, & Howard County Gifted and Talented Youth Orchestra, Co-Director
Amber Archibald-Sešek Viola, Sesek String Studio, Viola Faculty Seattle Pacific University, Professor of Viola
Chris Jenkins Viola, Oberlin Conservatory, Associate Dean and Liason to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Troy Stuart Cello, John Hopkins Peabody Preparatory, Cello & Chamber Music Faculty
Terrance Thornhill Cello, Paterson Music Project, NJ, Teaching Artist, Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Assistant Conductor
David Connor Bass, Houston Symphony Orchestra - Community Embedded Musician
Ruben Hernandez Percussion, San Diego Youth Symphony, OPUS, Teaching Artist
Jeffrey Grogan Chamber Orchestra Conductor, Oklahoma City University, Director of Orchestral Activities, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Artistic Director and Conductor
Soo Han Chamber Orchestra Conductor, Director of Orchestral Activities, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

Symphony Orchestra Conductors and additional faculty to be announced!

 

Students

Violin

Angela Dinis Perez, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Pre-Conservatory Program at Shattuck-St. Mary's School - Faribault, MN
Faith Kim, 13, Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Youth Orchestra - Chula Vista, CA
Zoe Chen, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Harmony Project Phoenix - Chandler AZ
Andrew Dela Pena, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Harmony Project (LA) - Alexandria - Los Angeles, CA
Julietta Garcia, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Doral, FL
Anne Liang, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Roslindale, MA
Fiona Yuan, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Felicia Adizue, 12, Chamber Orchestra, KidZNotes - Knightdale, NC
Sarah Chu, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Austin Soundwaves - Austin, TX
Sofia Francisco, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Zhuo Jiang, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Estrella Sanchez, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Adelmo Gimenez Segovia, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Georgia All-State 2019, Kendall Youth Orchestra, Gwinnett Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jewel's Music Studio - Sugar Hill, GA
Leo Wang, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Newton, MA
Zakariah Massoud, 13, Chamber Orchestra, WHIN Music Project - Bronx, NY
Arianna Hernandez, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Harmony Project Phoenix - Gilbert, AZ
Kimberly Morales, 12, Chamber Orchestra, WHIN Music Project - Bronx, NY
Rian Finn, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Karla Tepec Hernandez, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Access Violin Program, Youth Orchestras of Fresno - Fresno, CA
Christine Park, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Soundscapes Inc. - Newport News, VA
Angelina Moy, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Maya Murillo, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Play On, Philly! - Clifton Heights, PA
Angela Ramirez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Coral Reef Senior High School - Miami, FL
Geivens Dextra, 13, Symphony Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Pittsfield, MA
Peter Cho, 14, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Duxbury, MA
Francesco Capitano, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Siman Orchestral Foundation - Doral, FL
Zhuo Yan Jiang, 14, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Simon Benaim Grand, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Brookline, MA
Margaret Andrejco, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Harambee Chamber Orchestra - South Orange, NJ
Sabine Carreon, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Harmony Project - Los Angeles Area (*Non-EXPO) - Los Angeles, CA
Helena Singleton, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Sistema Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Jonathan Alday, 15, Symphony Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Chicago, IL
Lola (Lolita) Zulps, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - East Boston, MA
Guillermo Najera, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Access Violin Program, Youth Orchestras of Fresno - Fresno, CA
Nicolas Lau, 14, Symphony Orchestra, Enriching Lives through Music (ELM) - San Rafael, CA
Sergio Paez, 15, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at Torres - Los Angeles, CA
Leila Paredes, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Pittsfield, MA
Leslie Gonzalez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Harmony Project (LA) - Alexandria - Los Angeles, CA
Annie Yuan, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Alphie Detemple, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Annabelle Lee, 14, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Juan Florez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Pembroke Pines, FL
Julian Mirabal, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Coral Reef Senior High School - Miami, FL
Gerdlie Jean Louis, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Pittsfield, MA
Cristal Martinez Perez, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Austin Soundwaves - Austin, TX
Donovan Fuller, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Music Project - Atlanta, GA
Adrian Arellano, 18, Symphony Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Chicago, IL
Luigi Auquilla, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Harmony Program - New York, NY
Liliana Morales, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - La Habra, CA
Vaughn Curtis, 17, Symphony Orchestra, WHIN Music Project - South Salem, NY
Solei Trinidad, 16, Symphony Orchestra, WHIN Music Project - Bronx, NY

Viola

Ana Cardona, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Cambridge, MA
Isabelle Gendron, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Opportunity Music Project - New York, NY
Lydia Cho, 12, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Duxbury, MA
Ethan Maisonneuve, 12, Chamber Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Pittsfield, MA
Justin Zlabys, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Music Haven - New Haven, CT
Hector Otero, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Paterson Music Project - Paterson, NJ
Edward Brodney-McDevitt, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Trinity Thrasher, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Music for Youth in Cincinnati (MYCincinnati) - Cincinnati, OH
Jasmine Maldonado, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony - Cutler Bay, FL
Ken Arevalo, 12, Chamber Orchestra, Opportunity Music Project - West New York, NJ
Hannah Beckington, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Battlement Mesa, CO
Kerry Walther, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Renaissance Institute of Music - Carlsbad, CA
Minh Le, 17, Symphony Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Lincolnwood, IL
Charity Yandall, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Community Opus Project - Chula Vista, CA
David Vallejo-Lozano, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Doral, FL
Christian Cherubini, 18, Symphony Orchestra, Osceola County School for the Arts - Orlando, FL
Hannah Esquivel, 18, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - Los Angeles, CA
Samuel Benaim Grand, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Brookline, MA
Emperatriz Hernandez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - Los Angeles, CA
Samuel Muzac, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Community Music Center of Boston - Boston, MA
Genevieve Duguid, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Julliard Music Advancement Program - Westfield, NJ
Kiarra Truitt-Martin, 16, Symphony Orchestra, KidZNotes - Durham, NC
Patricia Graterol, 17, Symphony Orchestra, South Anchorage High School Orchestra - Anchorage, AK
Kayla Camille, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES) - Canton, MA

Cello

Gina Marie Bocchino, 12, Chamber Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Pittsfield, MA
Julia Soto, 13, Chamber Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Chicago, IL
William Parkes, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Somerville, MA
Romina Moreno, 14, Chamber Orchestra, Harmony Program - New York, NY
Heather Cruz, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Pittsfield, MA
Maria Garcia, 12, Chamber Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Doral, FL
Jayden Thrasher, 11, Chamber Orchestra, Music for Youth in Cincinnati (MYCincinnati) - Cincinnati, OH
Jordan Hill, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Soundscapes Inc. - Newport News, VA
Marcus Gee, 16, Symphony Orchestra, KidZNotes - Durham, NC
Jonathan Colon, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts - Allentown, PA
Julie Kim, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Coral Reef Senior High School - Miami, FL
Nicholas Alonso, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Coral Reef Senior High School - Palmetto Bay, FL
Douglas Perry, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Sistema Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Bruno Bello, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Community Opus Project - Chula Vista, CA
Gizelle Polanco, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - Los Angeles, CA
Juan Carlos Culebro, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Siman Orchestral Foundation - Boynton Beach, FL
Ashley McCoy, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Intensive Community Program - Boston, MA
Gerdrose Jean Louis, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Kids 4 Harmony - Pittsfield, MA
Darren Seto, 14, Symphony Orchestra, Boston String Academy - Boston, MA
Danielle Liburd, 18, Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Music Project - Atlanta, GA

Bass

Hadiya Stewart, 13, Chamber Orchestra, The Children's Orchestra and Performing Arts project (COPA) - Riviera Beach, FL
Aram Karpeh, 12, Chamber Orchestra, Play On, Philly! - Philadelphia, PA
Valeria Alvarez, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Siman Orchestral Foundation - Doral, FL
Ryan Hau, 13, Chamber Orchestra, Opportunity Music Project - Brooklyn, NY
Pablo Camacho, 18, Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Miami, FL
Sidney Scott, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra - Indianapolis, IN
Jason Soto, 18, Symphony Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Chicago, IL
Skyler Lee, 16, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - Los Angeles, CA
Samara Yandall, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Community Opus Project - Chula Vista, CA
Will Penn, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Dreyfoos Philharmonic - Riviera Beach, FL
Leonardo Martinez, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Siman Orchestral Foundation - Doral, FL
Nana Ama Ampofo, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra LA - YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA

Flute

Jonathan Webb, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Music Project - Powder Springs, GA
Rodrigo Rodriguez, 15, Symphony Orchestra, The Osceola County School for the Arts - Kissimmee, FL
Francisco Verastegui, 16, Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Music Center of New York - Ridgewood, NY
Fatima Reyes, 18, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - East Los Angeles, CA

Oboe

Madison Centeno, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA
Chester James, 18, Symphony Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Chicago, IL
Iliana Aleman, 18, Symphony Orchestra, Enriching Lives through Music (ELM) - Novato, CA
Karen Hernandez, 18, Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra LA - YOLA at EXPO Center - Los Angeles, CA

Clarinet

Marcos Alvarez, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Miami, FL
Claudia Lee, 16, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA
Ryan Wang, 14, Symphony Orchestra, Julliard Music Advancement Program - Flushing, NY
Matthew Vallejo, 14, Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Doral, FL

Bassoon

Edric Vivoni, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Miami, FL
Ingrid Hernandez, 18, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - Los Angeles, CA
Carlos Cano, 16, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - South Gate, CA
Xayvion Davidson, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Accelerando, Nasvhille Symphony Orchestra - LaVergne, TN

French Horn

Andy Gonzalez, 15, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - Los Angeles, CA
Itayetzy Uranga, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Corona Youth Music Project - Nucleo Corona (CYMP) - Corona, Queens, NY
Arianna Rodriguez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Conservatory Lab Charter School - Boston, MA
Daniel Fernandez, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, New World School of the Arts High School - Miami, FL
Ashley Interiano, 13, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at Torres - Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Peña, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA

Trumpet

Graciela Torres, 15, Symphony Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Chicago, IL
Luis Mora Ferreira, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Olympia High School - Orlando, FL
Franco Garcia, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Miami Music Project - Doral, FL
Nolan Baumgartner, 17, Symphony Orchestra, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras - Chicago, IL
Nataly Gonzalez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA

Trombone

Gael Sanchez Tizo, 17, Symphony Orchestra, The Colburn School - Los Angeles, CA
Wilfrido Cruz, 15, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA
Eric Acosta-Medina, 14, Symphony Orchestra, BRAVO Youth Orchestras - Portland, OR

Bass Trombone

Jaime Rodriguez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA
Elise Montenora, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Julliard Music Advancement Program (MAP) - Montgomery, NY

Tuba

Cameron Faison, 16, Symphony Orchestra, Juillard Music Advancement Program (MAP) - Kinnelon, NJ

Percussion

John Sunderman, 15, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Temple City, CA
Marvin Shaw, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program - Smyrna, TN
Abraham Arteaga, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Harmony Project Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ
Gabriel Hsieh, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Negaunee Music Institute, Percussion Scholarship Program- Chicago, IL
Nicholas Sunderman, 24, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Temple City, CA

Top FAQs

For a full list of FAQ’s, please see the FAQ document linked in the above Student Application Materials section. 

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