Music has been a core component of HOLA since its inception, with its first formal arts program beginning in 1993. As both interest and need grew, HOLA transformed its private and group lessons into a structured program that today includes its youth orchestra and a Music Studios program, including jazz and rock bands. In 2010, HOLA established a formal partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to be the second Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) site. In YOLA at HOLA’s ﬁrst year, HOLA engaged 100 youth and now annually serves more than 300 elementary through high school students.
YOLA at HOLA
In 2010, HOLA partnered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to bring orchestral music to underserved children in Los Angeles. The Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) is the second site of Gustavo Dudamel’s signature program. YOLA at HOLA is a free music education program that provides participating students in grades 1-12 with intensive after-school orchestral instruction and academic tutoring.
HOLA Music Studios
HOLA Music Studios is HOLA’s original music program which started more than twelve years ago with a small vocal ensemble. The program’s humble beginnings consisted of a few guitars, a never ending quest for space to practice and an exchange between passionate teachers and curious students. Overtime, the program has slowly expanded into two rock bands and two jazz ensembles that actively perform for various community events here in Los Angeles. The program also provides private lessons for guitar, piano, and drums.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT Lead
This program is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.