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Jafeth, 5th grader, flute

How did you find out about YOLA at HOLA?
I went with my cousin to the Expo Center where there is another YOLA orchestra. I saw the orchestra play and decided I wanted to do that to. I applied to HOLA and I got in!

How did you decide to play the flute?
I started like everyone else with the violin. Then we were given the choice to try new instruments. First I tried the trumpet, but when I tried the flute, I loved the sound it made. That sound helps express how I feel, nice and calm…

What do you like most about YOLA at HOLA?
I love sectionals, because Miss Emily is really funny. I also really like playing in the full orchestra. I’m really lucky because Miss Christine got the piccolo fixed and I get to play it when there is a part for it.

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to go to the University of Michigan and play in the band.

“52 Stories” profiles HOLA students in the Youth Orchestra LA program, a partnership with the LA Phil to bring orchestral music to inner-city youth.


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