The Los Angeles Philharmonic is reaching out to underprivileged children by providing them free instruments and musical training.
The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles is modeled after a Venezuelan program that sponsors more than 100 orchestras and has taught hundreds of thousands of students.
The Los Angeles Times reports the orchestra was also launched to help persuade Gustavo Dudamel to sign on as conductor.
More than 700 children are currently enrolled and 400 more on waiting lists. The students include Vivian Trejo, 13-year-old who lives with her parents in a small apartment near the city's downtown and has won a scholarship to the prestigious Colburn School, one of the nation's top conservatories.
The program has also helped students like Rodas Hailu get into college.