Future of Education

Education

“Extraordinary as it has been, the YOLA success story should surprise no one…give kids opportunities, and guess what? It’s not rocket science.”

- Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

Future of Education

The LA Phil has always been invested in music education. In the early 20th century, this investment took the shape of concerts for youth. Today, these concerts are joined by a menu of programs serving 150,000 children and families each year. Foremost among them is Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), which provides an orchestral music education to children who would not otherwise have access to it.

Now, on the occasion of its Centennial, the LA Phil is ready to take its community programming to the next level, expanding YOLA and devoting significant resources to laying a literal foundation for the future of the program.

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Making Music Side-by-Side
“One of my favorite YOLA memories — there are so many — was in September 2013. At Walt Disney Concert Hall, there was a side-by-side concert. I played with [LA Phil Concertmaster] Martin Chalifour. It was incredible playing side-by-side with him and having Gustavo [Dudamel] conducting. It was like being a part of the LA Phil.”
-  Juliana Rodriguez, YOLA Alum

Juliana couldn’t read a note of music when she joined YOLA a decade ago. Today, she is pursuing a degree in Viola Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

“Martin [Chalifour] gave me great advice. He told me that I had the talent to succeed and that my success was in my own hands. I couldn’t have gotten better advice to motivate me.”

Making Music Side-by-Side
“One of my favorite YOLA memories — there are so many — was in September 2013. At Walt Disney Concert Hall, there was a side-by-side concert. I played with [LA Phil Concertmaster] Martin Chalifour. It was incredible playing side-by-side with him and having Gustavo [Dudamel] conducting. It was like being a part of the LA Phil.”
-  Juliana Rodriguez, YOLA Alum

Juliana couldn’t read a note of music when she joined YOLA a decade ago. Today, she is pursuing a degree in Viola Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

“Martin [Chalifour] gave me great advice. He told me that I had the talent to succeed and that my success was in my own hands. I couldn’t have gotten better advice to motivate me.”

Giving Opportunities

The LA Phil offers a range of opportunities to donors interested in the future of education, from supporting the creation of the YOLA Center to sustaining a broad menu of educational programs.  

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Build a Home

The Centennial will mark the next step in YOLA’s evolution: a space of its own. The YOLA Center will be a home, a haven and a laboratory dedicated to youth empowerment through music education. 

Clear the Pathway

Even with every advantage in the world, the odds of having a successful career in orchestral music are slim. As a greater number of graduates from YOLA and programs like it consider pursuing a college education and career in music, the LA Phil aims to support them at critical junctures along the pathway to their future success. 

Clear the Pathway

Even with every advantage in the world, the odds of having a successful career in orchestral music are slim. As a greater number of graduates from YOLA and programs like it consider pursuing a college education and career in music, the LA Phil aims to support them at critical junctures along the pathway to their future success. 

Create Opportunity

Beyond YOLA, the LA Phil offers a range of educational programs designed to engage young musicians, composers and future music lovers in the work of the orchestra. These programs take on many shapes, from far-reaching youth concerts to intensive, multi-year mentorship programs aimed at emerging composers.

How do I help?

By making a gift to support the Centennial Campaign today!

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