IE Students in the Spotlight

Estafani Lopez and Rena Maduro, both of Riverside, will compete in the Classical Voice category, while Bergundi Loyd of Wildomar with perform a non-classical dance. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship for appearing in the finale event, which is also a benefit to raise funds for the Spotlight program. 

Since its launch in 1988, 49,000 students have taken part in the Spotlight program that helps them develop their performance abilities, learn about careers in arts management and receive valuable college preparedness and workforce readiness skills to pursue their dreams in the performing arts. 

This year, nearly 1,400 teens representing more than 260 schools, 198 cities and eight California counties auditioned for the Spotlight program. 

With its campus closed, The Music Center transitioned the final round of Spotlight auditions from the usual in-person tryouts to online video submissions. According to Jeri Gaile, director of the Spotlight program, the students persevered, applying one of the important life skills the program emphasizes. 

For more information on the Spotlight program, see musiccenter.org/spotlight

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