Nicola Killean describes the vision of Sistema Scotland to tackle deep rooted inequality and foster hope by providing the opportunity for whole communities to engage with music.

Elsje Kibler-Vermaas introduces the work of the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), particularly in disadvantaged communities in LA.

Young musicians Aaron Soriano from YOLA and Symone Hutchison in Scotland described the joys and challenges of being part of a youth orchestra.

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, USA
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In 2007, the LA Phil and its community partners launched Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), a music program for 80 students in South Los Angeles. Thirteen years later, YOLA serves more than 1,300 young musicians across four sites, providing free instruments, intensive music instruction, academic support, and leadership training. The program began as an adaptation of Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema music education program, but has become an innovative model in its own right, guiding students and teachers from nearly 100 music programs around the country.