Published : Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 7:59 PM
Two students from Pasadena and a La Cañada Flintridge resident who goes to Polytechnic High School in Pasadena were among 113 of Southern California’s most talented high school students who were named semifinalists in The Music Center’s 30th annual Spotlight program, a free, nationally-acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for teens.
Savoy Bailey and Will Brownstein, both Pasadena residents who go to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, were selected in their respective categories: Bailey in Non-Classical Dance, and Brownstein in Jazz Instrumental. Bailey is a senior and Brownstein is a junior.
Annette Lee, a junior at Polytechnic High School Pasadena, was selected in the Classical Instrumental category—she lives in La Cañada Flintridge.
About 1,450 participants auditioned for The Music Center’s Spotlight this year, representing more than 300 schools, 200 cities, and seven counties. A Music Center press release said the semi-finalists had a rare opportunity to attend a special master class in their genre with highly regarded artists who share their expertise on performance technique, training, and professional life, and provide the students with feedback on their performances.
Each one of the semi-finalists will audition again before a new panel of judges, who will then select the top two finalists in each category for a total of 14 grand prize finalists. Judges will also name an honorable mention in each category.
The grand prize finalists will perform at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance on June 5.
Now celebrating its 30th year, the Spotlight program has transformed the lives of more than 45,000 students across Southern California since 1988. The program provides opportunities for high school students to acquire the skills they need to pursue their dreams in the performing arts, ranging from the development of performance abilities in numerous genres to roles in arts management, along with valuable college preparedness and workforce readiness skills.
“For three decades, The Music Center’s Spotlight program has been a cornerstone of The Music Center’s arts education initiatives,” Rachel Moore, President and CEO of The Music Center, said. “The program exemplifies our commitment to ensuring students of all levels have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Each year, we look forward to advancing the journey of these talented young people as they participate in the Spotlight program, where they explore their craft, refine their skills and discover their full potential. No matter a student’s artistic dream, we want to empower each one to thrive on and off the stage.”
For more information about The Music Center’s Spotlight program, visit www.musiccenter.org/spotlight.