Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory Application

Mission Statement
The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory is a program designed to transform the lives and minds of young people in through high quality music education.

The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory (WWC) conducts classes at the following locations:

Watts Labor Community Action Committee
10950 S. Central Ave.  Los Angeles, CA 90059 
Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club (WWBGC)
1339 East 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059  
Alma Reaves Woods-Watts Branch Library
10205 Compton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90002  
Springdale West Apartments
2095 W. Spring St. Long Beach, CA 90810

The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory (WWC) was established in 2010 by SAPPA in partnership with the WW Boys and Girls Club. The structure of the Conservatory was developed by Billy Mitchell, SAPPA executive director, Dr. Charles Dickerson, founder and director of the Inner-City Youth Orchestra (ICYOLA), and Les Jones, former executive director of the WWBGC. The program is part of the cultural arts strategy that creates opportunities for children who are challenged everyday by living in some of our most economically depressed areas of the city.

The WWC was inspired by “El Sistema” the world-renowned music outreach and education program in Venezuela, whose mission is to create social change, bring the highest quality programs to underserved communities, and transform the lives and minds of young people through music education.
Participants attend one hour classes after school, twice a week. They learn to read music and play symphonic string instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass) These satellite programs are designed to be the network  that forms the core of the first class youth symphony orchestra made up of youngsters from the South Central LA and the Watts/Compton communities: the Watts-Willowbrook Youth Symphony.

The Watts-Willowbrook Youth Symphony performs two recitals a year: the Mid-Year Recital in
June and The Christmas Holiday Recital in December. These recitals feature special guest performances by Grammy Award winning artists such as pianist Billy Childs, jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and Blues great, Keb‘Mo.

Our programs are parent driven. Parent engagement is key to the program’s success. They must attend at least two classes with their children and sign a contract, which requires them to ensure their children practice at home. We involve parents in our program by providing information and giving the parent the opportunity to participate. The family support systems will allow the inner-city arts community to grow and operate at a competitive, consistent level.

For additional program information and schedules: sappaprograms@gmail.com or 626-793-8706