Open to select musicians from the 2021 YOLA National Symphony Orchestra, the YOLA National Institute (YNI) is an in-depth training program for young musicians interested in pursuing a career in the field of music.
We're now accepting 2021 applications. Please note: all students must first apply for the 2021 YOLA National Symphony Orchestra.
The Institute aims to supplement students’ musical experience at home and at the YOLA National Festival. All program expenses, including travel, room, and board, are free.
Selected fellows work together as a cohort over the course of the academic year, exploring various career pathways and supporting each other as they navigate the college application process, or their first year of college.
Musicians are introduced to a wide variety of artists over the course of the year, engage in their own creative projects, and work to better understand themselves and the practice they want to have in their creative futures.
The program offers mentorship, travel opportunities, and financial support for college applications.
YNI Fellows are leaders who think critically about the arts, and actively seek opportunities to question the role of music in society, and in their lives.
Due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic’s continued effects, the full program and offerings of the 2021 YOLA National Institute will continue to be assessed and dependent on guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the LA County Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Convenings: Monthly webinars and 2-4 in person convenings during the summer at the YOLA National Festival, and continuing during the 2021-2022 academic year
Mentorship: Fellows will work with artist-mentors who are leaders in their fields
Private instruction opportunities
Chamber music coaching
Financial support for college auditions, including travel, application support, and guidance
Tour and travel opportunities
YNI aims to support young musicians from communities traditionally underrepresented in classical music. YNI fellows are leaders who think critically about the arts, and actively seek opportunities to question the role of music in society, and in their lives.
To be eligible to apply, students must:
Meet all eligibility requirements for the YOLA National Festival
Apply and be admitted to the 2021 YOLA National Symphony Orchestra
Be rising juniors, seniors, or college freshman for the 2021/2022 academic year
Be able to travel within the United States
How to Apply
All students must first apply for the 2021 YOLA National Symphony Orchestra. Students who are admitted to the 2020 Symphony Orchestra and meet eligibility requirements listed above will be asked to submit supplemental audition materials.
Step 1: Apply to the YOLA National Symphony Orchestra. Please note you must meet all eligibility requirements for the YOLA National Festival to be eligible for the YOLA National Institute.
Step 2: Musicians admitted to the YOLA National Symphony Orchestra, and who are rising juniors, seniors, or college level freshmen will be sent the supplemental YNI Application. The application will include:
A video submission
A FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom interview with each musician
Questions & Topics covered in the interview and video submission can include:
If you could choose any mentor to work with, living or not, who would you choose and why? This can be a musical mentor, an artist, or anyone you believe could inform your creative practice.
As you consider pursuing music beyond high school, and as your potential career path, what are the challenges you expect to face? What would you hope to gain through this program that can better prepare you for those challenges?
December 18, 2020: YOLA National Festival (YNF) Applications Open
March 6, 2021: YNF Applications Close
March 8, 2021: YNF Recommendations Due
April 1, 2021: YNF Notifications distributed, YOLA National Institute (YNI) applications open
April 26, 2021: YNI Applications close
May 3 - May 12, 2021: YNI Interviews
May 15, 2021: YNI Notifications distributed to applicants
July 2021: YOLA National Festival *Official Dates to be confirmed*
All YNI Fellows will attend the YOLA National Festival
Additional YNI Dates to be announced
2020-2021 YNI Fellows:
Cristal Martinez Perez, 17, Austin Soundwaves
Emma Manigat, 17, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
Francesco Capitano, 17, Siman Orchestral Foundation
Juan Florez, 18, Miami Music Project
Gerdlie Jean-Louis, 16, Kids 4 Harmony
Sarah Chu, 16, Austin Soundwaves
David Vallejo-Lozano, 17, Miami Music Project
Gerdrose Jean Louis, 16, Kids 4 Harmony
Jonathan Colon, 17, The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Marcus Gee, 17, KidzNotes
Ashley McCoy, 18, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
Khalil Payne, 16, Tri M Music Honor
Jose Arana, 17, YOLA at HOLA
Elizabeth Perez-Hickman, 17, Miami Music Project
Oliver Talukder, 18, The People's Music School, Youth Orchestras
Audrey Chung, 16, YOLA at HOLA
Elise Montenora, 16, Juilliard Music Advancement Program
Melvin Casillas Muñoz, 17, El Sistema Colorado
2019-2020 YNI Fellows:
Francesco Capitano, 16, Simanof Orchestral Foundation
Juan Florez, 17, Miami Music Project
Leslie Gonzalez, 18, Harmony Project, Los Angeles
Gerdlie Jean-Louis, 15, Kids 4 Harmony, Longy Side-by-Side
Liliana Morales, 18, YOLA at EXPO
Angela Ramirez, 17, Coral Reef Senior High School
Helena Singleton, 17, Sistema Tulsa
Hannah Esquivel, 18, YOLA at EXPO
David Vallejo-Lozano, 16, Miami Music Project
Geovanny Martinez, 16, YOLA at EXPO
Jonathan Colon Rosario, 16, The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Marcus Gee, 16, KidzNotes
Danielle Liburd, 18, Atlanta Music Project
Gizelle Polanco, 17, YOLA at EXPO
Pablo Camacho, 18, Miami Music Project
Jonathan Webb, 17, McEachern High School
Madison Centeno, 18, YOLA at HOLA
Carlos Cano, 16, YOLA at EXPO
Ingrid Hernandez, 18, YOLA at EXPO
Jorge Avila, 19, YOLA at HOLA
Nataly Gonzalez, 18, YOLA at EXPO
Andy Gonzalez, 16, YOLA at EXPO