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Music Director, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at Heart of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Monique Van Willingh is a 2011 University of Cape Town (South Africa) honors graduate in Classical Flute, with an Undergraduate Performance Degree in jazz flute. She is a graduate of the Sistema Fellows Program at NEC, where she had the opportunity to engage with El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the United States and Venezuela. Monique recently attained her Masters of Arts in Teaching through Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Winner of the Fine Music Radio/Pick ‘n Pay Music Award for Jazz (2010), Monique was also awarded the ImpACT Award for Young Professionals in Jazz Music by the Arts and Culture Trust.  She was a member of the Grahamstown National Youth Jazz Band, and performed at the Joy of Jazz Festival in August 2010.  In 2009, Monique was selected as the Principal Flutist of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, and will be touring Europe with this orchestra in July.  

Two passions central to her life are music and youth development. R.Y.T.H.M (Reaching Youth Through Music), which Monique established in 2009, promoted local South African Music among youth in Cape Town. She has been involved in many youth and music projects such as the Sisters in Sound Mentorship program, Jazz Camp For Female Instrumentalists, and Youth Life Skills Development Camp Facilitation.

As of April 2015, Monique replaced Christine Witkowski '10 as YOLA at HOLA's Music Director. Previously, Monique was a program manager at Harmony Project's Leimert Park programming site in Los Angeles.

Photo: Portia Van Staden