YOLA Los Angeles

Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center
101 S La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301

About YOLA

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 just over a decade, YOLA has become one of the country’s most influential music education programs, currently operating at five YOLA sites in Los Angeles County and serving more close to 1,700 young musicians and their families.

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.

Gustavo Dudamel Conducting YOLA Students
YOLA at Torres – Gustavo Dudamel visits – CDMX Tour Rehearsal
October 9, 2019
Esteban E. Torres High School, East Los Angeles