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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.

Click here to reserve tickets for the YOLA National Festival Orchestras performance on July 26 at Walt Disney Concert Hall!

Reserve Your Spot

* Please note, YOLA National Symposium attendees will have a seat reserved as part of their registration

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

 

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

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


Walt Disney Concert Hall

Conductors

Gustavo Dudamel Music & Artistic Director, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Roderick Cox Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Jeffrey Grogan Symphony 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

Faculty

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
Herbert SmithTrumpet, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Third Trumpet, Rochester Institute of Technology, Adjunct Professor, Director of RIT Jazz Ensembles
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
Mellasenah Edwards Violin, Baltimore School for the Arts, Music Department Head
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
Terrence 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

 

Students

Violin

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

Viola

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

Cello

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

Bass

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

Flute

Fatima Reyes, 18, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at EXPO - East Los Angeles, CA
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
Jonathan Webb, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Music Project - Powder Springs, GA

Oboe

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

Clarinet

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

Bassoon

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

French Horn

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

Trumpet

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

Trombone

Eric Acosta-Medina, 14, Symphony Orchestra, BRAVO Youth Orchestras - Portland, OR
Wilfrido Cruz, 15, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA
Elise Montenora, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Julliard Music Advancement Program (MAP) - Montgomery, NY

Bass Trombone

Jaime Rodriguez, 17, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Los Angeles, CA

Tuba

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

Percussion

Abraham Arteaga, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Harmony Project Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ
Gabriel Hsieh, 15, Symphony Orchestra, Negaunee Music Institute, Percussion Scholarship Program - Chicago, IL
Marvin Shaw, 17, Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program - Smyrna, TN
John Sunderman, 15, Symphony Orchestra, YOLA at HOLA - Temple City, CA
Nicholas Sunderman, 14, 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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