See here: Frank Gehry’s new LA building for youth orchestra

See here: Frank Gehry’s new LA building for youth orchestra


norman lebrecht

June 02, 2021

The LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) has been testing the acoustic of the new YOLA Center.

It’s a former Ingelwood bank and Burger King in downtown Inglewood that Frank Gehry has re-envisioned for young musicians.

The acoustician is Yasuhisa Toyota.

Which other US orchestra – or European for that matter – has go a youth facility on this scale?


  • Monsoon says:

    What’s more impressive is the location in Inglewood. It’s not often that a performing arts center is built outside of an affluent neighborhood.

  • Guglhupf says:

    not an orchestra, but Barenboim has such a hall for the Barenboim Said Akademie in Berlin – built by Gehry and with Toyota as acoustician. The Boulez Saal also puts on its own professional program, but the students have constant access.

  • John Borstlap says:

    It looks like a modernist poultry house.

  • sam says:

    That’s a whole lot of resources devoted to a minimal subset of kids.

    Even if one were to subscribe to the notion of investing in a tiny group of special kids, defined by either talent or intelligence or athletic ability or whatever, if one devoted the same resources to the same small number of kids, of course, they’d all get into Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, USC.

    In 20 years, will California better off having produced a top notch oboist or a top notch infectious disease expert?

    • barry guerrero says:

      It’s very possible CA could have both – there are a lot of people here. I’m not sure it’s such an either/or situation.

  • Donald says:

    The CBSO, which has a history of community involvement in various areas in suburban Birmingham ( not just the affluent Edgbaston area down the road from Symphony Hall) and runs two youth orchestras. It is now a partner in the foundation of a new secondary school under construction in Sandwell. The school will have a special interest in music but will not be exclusively for musical children. Members of the CBSO will be involved.