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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    Nara Hernandez Visual Arts Director
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    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 [...]

    End of Session Recital for HOLA Music Studios

    The students in the HOLA Music Studios ended the Winter Session with a celebratory recital. Students ranging in age from 8-18 performed to a packed room filled with proud parents, fellow students and staff. Students in each of the Piano, Drum and Guitar Studios, as well as the HOLA Jazz Band and Project 11, the [...]

    The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Returns to Heart of Los Angeles

    At the end of February, over 50 members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela* (SBSO) came to Heart of Los Angeles to conduct master classes with the students in our YOLA at HOLA program and to play in a side-by-side concert with the students. The HOLA staff and students prepared for months for [...]

    YOLA at HOLA Winter Concert

    On a brisk, chilly evening in early December, the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) warmed up the gym at LaFayette Park with their annual Winter Concert. The nearly 250 young musicians gathered to perform pieces they have been practicing and perfecting all year long to a large crowd of [...]

    YOLA at HOLA Fall Choral Concert

    On a Saturday morning in late November, the talented young singers of the YOLA at HOLA Choir performed their annual Fall Choral Concert on stage at the HOLA Royale. Surrounded by the beautiful work created by students in HOLA’s Visual Arts department, the Choir members performed a diverse array of music, ranging from Mozart to [...]


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