Manager, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Education in 2014, Dan Berkowitz is using music as a vehicle for social change. A musician and educator with degrees in Economics and Trombone Performance from Northwestern University, Dan’s career began with Morningstar Inc., moving to London to start up their European fund research endeavor. After completing the Sistema Fellows Program, he moved to Los Angeles to build one of the nation’s most robust El Sistema-inspired programs, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). With the support of the LA Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, and community partners, Dan has grown YOLA to over 700 students–each receiving 12-15 hours of free programming each week. Internationally, Dan designs symposiums that explore the intersection of music and social innovation for the LA Philharmonic and its institutional partners. He also advises organizations worldwide through various stages of development, including residencies at El Sistema Japan and Sistema Taiwan.
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