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YOLA National Festival

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An intensive summer orchestra program with a focus on rigorous artistic development, the YOLA National Festival is for young musicians from El Sistema-inspired programs and programs similarly invested in youth and community development through music throughout the country.

Musicians will convene in Los Angeles from July 2024 for 10 days of learning with the festival’s amazing faculty, guest artists, and performances with world-renowned conductors. Participation is free—travel, lodging, meals, and programming are provided to musicians at no cost. The 2024 program will feature two ensembles: the Symphony Orchestra for musicians aged 14-18 and the Overture Orchestra (formerly known as Chamber Orchestra) for musicians aged 12-14.

The festival’s purpose is to provide the highest caliber of orchestral training, artistry, and musical excellence through a community that serves youth with fewest resources and highest need.

Application Information & Timeline

Your application involves these core components:

  1. To begin: Create an account or log in to the Acceptd platform via the Apply Now link
  2. Fill out the application which includes parent/guardian information, educational, and musical background
  3. Upload your musical audition (2-3 excerpts and scales with optional principal and auxiliary instrument excerpts) and personal statement videos*
  4. Submit a recommendation from a program manager or teacher
  5. Upload the required consent forms

*Instrument specific excerpts and details about the personal statement are available on our Audition Requirements page.

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