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Samantha, 3rd Grade, Violin

When did you start coming to YOLA?

I started in 1st grade. It feels like it’s been a long time.

What instrument did you start playing when you first came here?

I started with my paper violin.

Are there any new instruments you want to learn how to play?

I’d rather play the cello than the violin. It looks less tiring on my fingers.

What is your favorite food?

I like apples and bananas!

What do you like to do on the weekends?

I like to go to the park or to the beach. Somewhere different.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’d go back to Mexico. I’ve been there before and it’s so cool and so fun.

“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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