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.


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 – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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.

Young musicians interested in joining the orchestra are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal to learn more about us. Rehearsals take place on each Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles located at 5840 La Tijera Blvd. Please bring your instrument along if you have one.

Feel free to contact us directly to learn more about how you can become part of our orchestra.