We are the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, the largest majority African American orchestra in the country.


Our year-round concert programming has helped us develop a national reputation.


We play throughout South Los Angeles’ church community and venues like The Getty Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center, and the Microsoft Theater.


November 5, 2017

2017-2018 Season Opening Concert – Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Los Angeles

Featuring the ICYOLA orchestra with guests from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performing: Danse Negre from the African Suite by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; The Caged Bird, a setting of the famed Maya Angelou poem for Soprano by Charles Dickerson, featuring Soprano Dabny Jones; Chaconne, by Tomaso Vitali, featuring 2017 Sphinx Competition Winner Violinist Annelle Gregory; and Symphony No. 4 “The Italian”, by Felix Mendelssohn. This is a free concert.

December 16, 2017

Christmas Season Concert – Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

ICYOLA featuring the Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saens with Soprano Jessica Tisdale and Tenor DeForest Kirkwood. This is a ticketed concert. Please call Rolling Hills United Methodist Church at (310) 377-6771 for further information.

January 13, 2018

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Concert – 3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Featuring the ICYOLA Orchestra and Chorus presenting music to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a free concert.

March 30, 2018

Easter Season Concert – Rolling Hills United Methodist Church

This is a free concert with further details to be announced.

April 4, 2018

Service of Remembrance – 3600 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

A concert to mark the 50th remembrance of the sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring the West Coast premiere of the orchestrated setting of The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson – music that marks the final words of seven African-American men who were unarmed and killed by police and other aggressors. This is a free concert.

July 1, 2018

ICYOLA’s 10th Season Finale Concert – Walt Disney Concert Hall

Program to be announced. This is a ticketed concert. Please contact ICYOLA for further information.

Play With Us

ICYOLA welcomes young musicians of all skill levels. There are no auditions; no tuition; no competition for seats; advanced players mentor less skilled players; mentor-artists rehearse and perform with us, accelerating the learning process for all; every player performs and plays what they can because being immersed in this way also promotes growth. Please contact us directly to learn how you can become part of our orchestra.