Every summer, LACO welcomes a new high school intern from the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “assuring our country’s future by investing in our youth today.” I am happy to introduce you to this summer’s intern, Luz Valencia, who works withLACO through mid-July. In her first blog, she shares how she came to enjoy music:

“As a rising senior in high school and having only three years of true experience, I do not possess the knowledge that most musicians do, but one thing’s for sure: I love music. I was introduced to the saxophone in the seventh grade but did not actually begin to like it until I reached the ninth grade; when I met my loving band director. His love for music made my love for music grow stronger and even encouraged me to try a new instrument in the tenth grade, which is when I met the love of my life, the trombone. Ever since the day I laid hands on it I refused to put it down and practice every chance I get.

I am currently in the jazz band, concert band and am in charge of the marching band at my school. None of this was by chance or luck, I had to work hard to be part of these groups as I have done to become an intern here at LACO. With hard work comes great reward and I look forward to all the memorable experiences I will encounter and skills I will acquire.”

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S E S S I O N spiva

Produced in collaboration with Four Larks, SESSION featured the world premiere of The Body Overcome by Derrick Spiva Jr, hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, a US premiere by composer Juan Pablo Contreras and works by Conor Brown, Salina Fisher and Reena Esmail.

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The LA Orchestra Fellowship is a two-year orchestra intensive for musicians on violin, viola, and cello.

Fellows are mentored in chamber and orchestral performance and gain invaluable experience while training and playing alongside Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians, faculty at USC Thornton and mentor members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.