Director, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at Heart of Los Angeles
Music Director, Heart of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
As the YOLA at HOLA and Music Director at the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Christine Witkowski is dedicated to providing El Sistema-inspired music programming to children and families in the Rampart District of LA. The El Sistema journey began for Christine in 2009, when she was chosen to participate in the inaugural class of the Sistema Fellows Program.
She is widely recognized as a leader in the U.S. El Sistema movement, mentoring other programs and teachers. In early 2015, she will publish the first practical book on El Sistema's adaptation to the U.S., complete with contributions of relevant voices from around the world. Christine is a horn player and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from McGill University. Christine also holds a Certification in Community Counseling from the Southern California Center.