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LACC@HOLA: A New Partnership With Heart of Los Angeles

Enero 22, 2024

 

 

Grammy Award-Winning Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Heart of Los Angeles Announce Key Partnership,
 Bringing Choir’s World-Class Choral Music Education Program to Children in
Central and South Central Los Angeles

Free to HOLA Participants

Inaugural 12-Week Session Launches on Febrero 3, 2024, with
Two LACC Entry-Level Choirs for Children Ages 8 to 11

Children Ages 8 to 11 Are Invited to Audition for Choirs
on Sábado, Enero 27 and Febrero 3, 2024, 9 am – 2:30 pm,
at HOLA’s Arts and Recreation Center in Lafayette Park

 

PRESS CONTACT: Libby Huebner 562.799.6055 libbyhuebner562@gmail.com

(Los Angeles, Enero 19, 2024) – The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) announce a significant partnership to bring The Choir’s world-class choral music education program to the HOLA campus in Lafayette Park, reaching underserved youth in Central and South Central Los Angeles. This marks the first time these two highly regarded organizations have collaborated under LACC Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz’s leadership, as well as the first time LACC has expanded outside of its Pasadena home base and the first time HOLA has offered a comprehensive program providing access to the choral arts. Auditions for LACC @ HOLA will be held on Enero 27 and Febrero 3, 9 am to 2:30 pm, at HOLA Arts and Recreation Center in Lafayette Park. (Details below.)

Malvar-Ruiz says, “Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is thrilled to partner with HOLA to expand its program in such a meaningful and impactful way. Extending LACC’s reach to HOLA’s constituents to provide access to the transformational power of choral music reflects LACC’s deep commitment to serving students who represent richly diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds. HOLA, with its stellar reputation for serving Central and South Central LA with meaningful programs and its deep roots there, is the perfect partner. This is the first of many such collaborations planned for LACC. LACC is expanding throughout the Los Angeles region in order to provide children access to LACC’s program in their own communities. We want to make it convenient for children – and their families – to participate in LACC’s transformative program right where they live.”

HOLA’s CEO Tony Brown states, “When we learned that Los Angeles Children’s Chorus was interested in expanding to our beloved Westlake neighborhood, we knew we wanted to see HOLA kids participate. Having LACC find their home at our Arts & Recreation Center is a dream scenario. We welcome LACC and are proud to add its esteemed choral music education program to our center’s offerings.”

The program, offered at no cost to HOLA participants, launches with two LACC entry-level ensembles for children ages 8 to 11 – Preparatory Choir and Apprentice Choir – with the goal to add advanced ensembles in future years based on demand as children progress through LACC’s tiered multi-choir program. LACC’s current music staff will direct the choirs and also provide musicianship training and voice lessons to participating choristers. Choir rehearsals will be held on Sábado mornings with the inaugural 12-week session beginning on Febrero 3, 2024.

Notably, HOLA’s 35-year history supporting students from low-income households in the Westlake area and beyond will help ensure program benefits aren’t impacted by socioeconomic barriers to learning, including food and housing instability, underdiagnosed disabilities, and trauma and mental illness, among others.

According to Malvar-Ruiz, LACC’s HOLA-based choirs will be an integral part of LACC. He explains, “The children who rehearse at HOLA will have the same opportunities as LACC’s other choristers. For example, they will all participate in the same highly structured music education program, perform in two annual concerts, and join forces to sing together. There will also be cross-over rehearsal opportunities at both our Pasadena and HOLA locations. Plus, once the choristers’ singing skills are developed and they are ready, they may have opportunities to sing with LACC partner organizations such as LA Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, and Los Angeles Master Chorale.” Additionally, as the HOLA program continues expanding in the future to include advanced-level LACC touring choirs like Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble, children will have the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally.

While fostering a love of singing is a core element of LACC’s choral music education program, Malvar-Ruiz stresses there are enormous the benefits to singing in a choir that can have a profound impact on a child’s life, “especially in an era when kids are glued to their screens.”

He states, “Singing is an essential human activity, and being part of a choir promotes collaboration, accountability, and the acceptance of differences. It also provides a sense of belonging, or family, and fosters self-affirmation. When you are part of a group that is performing beautifully, it is elevating because the group is stronger than the individual.”

The LACC collaboration exemplifies HOLA’s approach to program development, which is firmly rooted in an ethic of partnership. Brown says, “Whether it’s sharing space with the City Recreation & Parks Department, offering instrumental music education as a joint venture with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, or working hand-in-hand with longstanding organizations to expand our work into South Central and Watts, the benefit to kids is exponentially greater when the institutions supporting their development lean into their strengths and work together.”

LACC, founded in 1986 and widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent youth choirs, currently serves more than 500 children ages 6–18 from 40+ communities across Southern California. Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) provides underserved youth in Central and South Central Los Angeles a comprehensive array of free after-school academic, arts, athletics, and wellness programs, empowering them to develop to their full potential, pursue higher education, and strengthen their communities. 

 

LACC @ HOLA AUDITIONS TO BE HELD JANUARY 27, 9 AM TO 3 PM, AT HOLA’S ARTS AND RECREATION CENTER

Auditions for LACC @ HOLA will be held on Enero 27, 9 am to 3 pm, at HOLA’s Arts and Recreation Center. For information and to sign up for an audition, please visit  lachildrenschorus.org or call (626) 793-4231. HOLA’s Arts and Recreation Center is located at 615 South La Fayette Park Place, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

 

About Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA): Heart of Los Angeles gives underserved kids an equal chance to succeed through a comprehensive array of free after-school academic, arts, athletics, and wellness programs. Serving more than 3,000 youth ages 6-24 each year, 100% of HOLA’s high school seniors graduate, and 80% complete post-secondary degrees. Our success is founded on safe environments, nurtured by a no-wrong-door approach, amplified by world-renowned partners, and perpetuated by students who become productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

 

About Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC): Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent youth choirs, has been lauded as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “the best children’s chorus I have ever heard” (Esa-Pekka Salonen), and “one of the true artistic gems of Los Angeles” (Gustavo Dudamel).

Founded in 1986 and led now by Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, LACC annually appears in more than 50 public performances, including its own self-produced concerts and in collaborations with leading organizations such as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Pasadena Symphony and POPS.

With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LACC won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for its contribution to the live recording of “Mahler: Symphony No. 8, ‘Symphony of A Thousand,” conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus and Pacific Chorale.  

The Choir appears on alumna Billie Eilish’s cinematic concert experience Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles, John Williams’ 2017 recording, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording, A Good Understanding. The subject of four documentaries by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award®-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of The Choir. LACC has also performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and been featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top.”  

The Choir annually serves more than 500 children ages 6–18 from 40+ communities across Southern California through its seven choirs and two first experience classes, First Experiences in Singing and First Experiences in Choral Singing.  Providing choral music education of the highest quality to young people who represent richly diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds, LACC ignites a love of singing and nurtures the full expression of each chorister’s potential for artistic and personal excellence through the collaborative experience of choral music performance.

Recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, LACC frequently serves as a cultural ambassador for Los Angeles on tours that have taken the Choir across the country and to more than 20 countries on 6 continents.

Media Resources:  Website: lachildrenschorus.org | Media Kit: lachildrenschorus.org/media-kit/

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