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.
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 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 […]
HOLAâ€™s Girls Choir got quite a treat this summer. Emma Joleen, the YOLA at HOLA Singing and SolfÃ¨ge 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 […]
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 SolfÃ¨ge 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 […]
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 activities between pedagogy and conducting. Juan graduated with honors from the Vienna Conservatory. Juan served as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of Yucatan Symphony Orchestra in Mexico from 2003-2008, […]
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 the Lady Gaga hit, “Born This Way.” While the Youth Orchestra thrilled the crowd with a piece by Dvorak and a piece from the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the […]