Esperanza Azteca LA is the first American chapter of the youth orchestra program, which includes 82 youth orchestras throughout Mexico and El Salvador. The Los Angeles orchestra currently has 198 musicians from diverse backgrounds, between the ages of 6 and 17 who attend various schools in the Cypress Park area of Los Angeles.
Our free, conservatory-style program meets after school for 3 hours every day. The kids have 15 teaching artists, conductors, and academic tutors at their disposal. Students learn the fundamentals of music, attend group and private vocal or instrument lessons, as well as full orchestra rehearsals. Over 70% of participants have no previous musical experience. Most would be otherwise unable to afford the instruments that the program provides. This philanthropic endeavor helps bridge the gaps that budget cuts have left in public school arts education.
Together we can have a positive impact in our communities and inspire children to reach their highest potential through music education.
2015 in Review
We had no idea where this journey would take us when we started in September 2014, but together we have created new paths, embraced new challenges, and uncovered new possibilities.