"ICYOLA Academy opened on April 21, 2014 on the campus
of the Virginia Road Elementary School. Brother's” Campaign
Inspired by President Obama's, “My Brother's Keeper” initiative,
and modeled after the California Endowment's “Sons."
ABOUT THE ORCHESTRAS
The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) is a nonprofit organization that exists to transform the lives and minds of young people in inner city Los Angeles through high quality music education.
ICYOLA aspires to prepare its members for advanced study – musical and otherwise – and high caliber success.
ICYOLA was founded in 2009 by conductor Charles Dickerson to provide inner city youth from the various communities of Greater Los Angeles with the opportunity to learn the great music of the world, and to perform that music on the great stages of the world.
ICYOLA is composed of approximately 60 middle, high school and college students, primarily of African American descent. It is open to inner city youth ages 10-25 with a basic level of accomplishment on orchestral instruments.