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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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Bob Mintzer Leads Jazz Master Class

Bob Mintzer, legendary jazz musician, stopped by the HOLA Music Studios to lead a Master Class with HOLA’s Jazz Band. Bob began the class by asking the students to play a piece for him. Under the direction of HOLA Jazz Band Director Jon Armstrong, the students played their take of the classic “Caravan.” Bob was very impressed with the performance and made a number of great suggestions that the students will use in their studies for years to come. He explained, through words and music, […]

YOLA at HOLA Featured in LA Times

The Los Angeles Times recently published a four-part print and digital piece about the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The third article in the series highlighted the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and featured HOLA’s own Vivian Trejo. Vivian has been a member of YOLA at HOLA since the program began five years ago. Vivian plays the french horn and has won a scholarship to the prestigious Colburn School of Music. To read the article in Spanish, click here. HOLA is the home to the second of three YOLA […]

YOLA at HOLA Sings in the Holidays

As the fall session came to an end, YOLA at HOLA youth performed to a packed audience during their winter concert. The evening included performances by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Children’s Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra and the Choir. The young musicians performed many holiday classics, including “Sleigh Ride” and a special holiday sing-a-long featuring “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Lichvod Hanukah” and “Feliz Navidad.” The special sing-a-long got everyone in the holiday spirit with students, teachers and everyone in the audience singing along. Finishing […]

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 featured a song about Gordon’s 20 year old cat. Gordon presented a poster to HOLA that included signatures from each member of the Band. The last number had the crowd […]

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 through African drumming improvisations and then through vocal improvisation using do-mi-sol above the drumming. Mariam John, a professional, touring jazz singer, performed for the choir and taught them how to […]

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 Specialist Emma Joleen and Jennifer Haren, a YOLA at LACHSA teacher and a Longy/Bard MAT student. The choir performed the final number of the show, “The Academy Celebrates the Black […]


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