Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles
The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles is the country’s largest African-American-majority youth orchestra.

The Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship is a unique partnership between one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, the country’s largest African-American-majority youth orchestra and a university with one of the country’s top music programs.

The West Coast’s first comprehensive orchestral fellowship program for top-tier string musicians from underrepresented communities, The LA Orchestra Fellowship is a two-year intensive for musicians on violin, viola and cello. Fellows will be mentored in chamber and orchestral performance and gain invaluable experience while training and playing alongside LACO musicians, faculty at USC Thornton and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.

the LACO connection

Fellows will participate in rehearsals and performances and be mentored by LACO musicians. Additional opportunities to engage with administrative staff will provide Fellows a further understanding of the organizational workings of an orchestra, its education activities, school programs and more. The Orchestra will also schedule mock auditions to help Fellows prepare for the rigors of the audition process.

Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles

With ICYOLA – an orchestra that rehearses weekly in the heart of the African-American community – Fellows will serve as section leaders, mentors and coaches to ICYOLA members and through ICYOLA‘s educational programs. Since education and community engagement are core elements of most American orchestras, experience in this field is particularly vital to emerging musicians.

USC Thornton

The Fellows will add yet another layer of experience as members of the USC Thornton Symphony, which rehearses up to three times per week and presents four concerts annually. Fellows who complete the in-residence training fellowship will also be awarded a prestigious Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California.

Applications are due December 31, 2017. Information on The Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship and how to apply will be available this fall at


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