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Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Los Angeles, CA
Emily Kubitskey and Nikki Shorts, teaching artists
Gustavo Dudamel is the world’s most prominent example of a musician nurtured through the Venezuelan Sistema. As the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he is the public face of all that is possible through El Sistema.
Los Angeles and its orchestra are home to one of the largest and most active Sistema-inspired programs in the U.S. — YOLA, or Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. YOLA at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) is located in the Rampart District, a heavily gang-infested neighborhood of L.A. This after-school program demonstrates what it means to place the orchestral ensemble at the center of musical learning and social development.
Working fifteen hours a week, students are challenged to build solid music fundamentals — such as aural skills — to achieve technical expertise. Rigor in the pursuit of artistic excellence is central to the program’s success.
EL SISTEMA PRINCIPLES
The musical activities in this unit address the following Anchor Standards of the National Core Arts Standards: