Beckmen YOLA Center
YOLA at Inglewood offers free after-school music programming for Inglewood students, at the new Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center opening in 2021
The 25,000-square-foot, Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center will provide a gathering place for students from existing and future YOLA sites and music educators from across the U.S. and around the world. It will be a cultural resource for the people of Inglewood, and act as the focal point of the LA Phil's commitment to community engagement in the area. The project, which has emerged out of a close collaboration between of the City of Inglewood, architect Frank Gehry, and LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, is made possible by a leadership gift from Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen.
101 South La Brea Avenue
Inglewood, California 90301
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Does your child live in Inglewood and is currently in grade 1-5? Is your child interested in learning an instrument in a supportive music community? Fill out our Enrollment Form to express interest.
The Beckmen YOLA Center will serve as:
A new YOLA site: the first permanent, purpose-built facility for YOLA
The home of YOLA National: bringing together leaders in the field of music and youth development, music students, professional musicians and educators across the country every year
Rehearsal recording, distance learning, and performance space: bringing together students from all YOLA sites to play together in person and connect digitally through state of the art distance learning technology and livestream capabilities
International teaching center: hosting teacher training and convenings for music educators around the world
Community space: The YOLA program will be the first program to be launched at the Beckmen YOLA Center. During its first year of operation, we will also be engaging with various constituencies within the Inglewood community to begin to plan our long-term vision for the Center as a creative laboratory, learning hub, community center, and a lively, welcoming place for all.
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Led by LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) is the embodiment of Dudamel’s belief that music is a fundamental human right. It democratizes music education by offering free, high quality music training to students ages 5 to 18 in neighborhoods that are often overlooked and underserved.
In just over a decade, YOLA has become one of the country’s most influential music education programs, currently operating at four YOLA sites in Los Angeles and serving more than 1,300 young musicians and their families. YOLA at Inglewood will be the program's fifth site and the first to be situated at its own dedicated home: the Beckmen YOLA Center.
YOLA provides free instruments; up to 18 hours a week of intensive after-school training and instruction; ensemble-based learning; life skills development in leadership, mentorship, and communication; academic tutoring and college prep; and parent and family engagement.
Through dedication and perseverance, YOLA students have earned unparalleled performance opportunities over the last decade performing in world class venues (e.g. Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show; Barbican Centre, London; Suntory Hall, Tokyo) with pop and classical music stars such as Chris Martin and Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Journey, Juanes, No Doubt, International Contemporary Ensemble and Sir Simon Rattle.
Contact us: YOLA@laphil.org
About the LA Phil: Redefining what an orchestra can be, the LA Phil is as vibrant as Los Angeles, one of the world's most open and dynamic cities. Led by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, this internationally renowned orchestra harnesses the transformative power of music to build community, foster intellectual and artistic growth, and nurture the creative spirit.
LA Phil Learning: The LA Phil is committed to learning alongside our community, and to enabling and supporting the next generation of musicians, whether they’re picking up an instrument for the first time or penning their own compositions. See more all of our learning programs here.