Alumnus Micah Layne was featured in an article on KPCC’s website about the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra.
“Boyle Heights orchestra teacher Micah Layne estimates that 50 percent of the orchestra’s students had never held a classical instrument before joining the program. The lack of access to music education is something that Layne sees first hand – he lives in nearby Montebello. ‘If you walk out in the street of East Los Angeles, which few ever get a chance to, you begin to very viscerally feel the lack of resources in this community,’ he said.”
Using a patchwork of grants and donations, the one-year-old orchestra charged students only $30 for the entire summer, giving students 15 hours of weekly instruction and a year-end recital. Students could take home loaner instruments to practice.¬†You can get more information on the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestrahere.