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Through a variety of exciting and engaging classes, HOLA’s Performing Arts Program encourages youth to channel their energy and emotion into new and creative endeavors, building leadership and professional skills, developing their powers of self-expression and decision-making and instilling self-confidence. In addition to a full music program, performing arts classes include hip hop and salsa dancing, improvisation and theater production.

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    Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Visits HOLA

    Gordon Goodwin and his 18 piece Big Phat Band came down to HOLA to perform for the kids in HOLA’s Music Program. Over 200 youth, including members of the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensembles, were treated to an hour long set that brought down the house. The songs included old and new pieces and even […]

    Local Jazz Artists Jam with HOLA’s Girls Choir

    HOLA’s Girls Choir got quite a treat this summer. Emma Joleen, the YOLA at HOLA Singing and Solfège Specialist, recruited a group of local artists to volunteer and participate in a weekly workshop. The workshop kicked off with composer and vocalist Kaley Lane Eaton. She introduced the students to the origins of jazz and blues […]

    Choir “Happy” to Perform at Hollywood Bowl

    YOLA at HOLA’s choir had the honor of performing Pharrell’s hit song “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2″ at the Hollywood Bowl this month. The YOLA at HOLA choir teamed up with the YOLA at LACHSA choir to perform the number, which was choreographed and taught to the students by YOLA at HOLA Singing and Solfège […]

    YOLA Welcomes New Conductor

    HOLA is very excited to welcome Juan Felipe Molano as the conductor of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. He is currently the Artistic Director of El Sistema Salinas in California and for the last 6 years has been the National Symphonic Director of Batuta Colombian National System of Youth Orchestras, where he divides his musical […]

    YOLA at HOLA Students Perform at Disney Hall

    To cap off a wonderful spring session, YOLA at HOLA students were thrilled to perform for a packed audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall. After months of hard work, the kids were able to share the special moment with their families and fellow musicians. The YOLA at HOLA Children’s Orchestra performed Stauss’s “Blue Danube” and […]

    A Very Special Mother’s Day Concert

    The youngest group of music students in the YOLA at HOLA youth orchestra program performed a special Mother’s Day concert on the first Saturday in May. Playing to a room filled with proud parents, HOLA staff and fellow students, they performed three pieces on violin, including Mary Had a Little Lamb and Twinkle, Twinkle Little […]


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