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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    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 [...]

    52 Stories: Kelly

    Kelly, 5th Grade, Cello How long have you been coming to HOLA? I have been coming to HOLA for 2 years now. Would you like to try any instruments beside cello? I would like to play flute, but I’m not very good. I need a lot of practice. What do you like to do outside [...]

    OMG Cameras Everywhere! a Huge Hit

    Once again, the amazing filmmakers from OMG Everywhere! invited HOLA youth to participate in their week-long summer camp, OMG Cameras Everywhere! Twelve lucky Visual Arts and Bridges students joined kids from all over Los Angeles to make movies. The kids had an incredible week of fun and filmmaking, learning all about the art of filmmaking [...]


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