2017-03-16 / Schools

Agoura High School students shine at Spotlight Awards


Bachman Bachman The Music Center has named 111 Southern California high school students as semifinalists in 29th annual Spotlight Program, a free scholarship and performing arts training program for teens.

Semifinalists were named in seven categories: acting, ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental and jazz instrumental.

Approximately 1,300 artists auditioned for Spotlight this year.

Semifinalists may attend a special master class with professional artists who share their expertise on performance technique, training and professional life. Students are offered feedback on their performances.

Each semifinalist will audition again before a new panel of judges that will then select the top two finalist performers 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 Walt Disney Concert Hall at The Music Center in the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance on May 23.


Nelson Nelson The grand prize finalists in each category receive $5,000 scholarships, with one honorable mention in each category receiving $1,000. Semifinalists each receive $300.

The Music Center also names five students in each preliminary category with the Promise Award, which acknowledges students who inspire the judges by their commitment to their art form. Spotlight Promise Award recipients each receive $100.

Numerous Spotlight participants have gone on to professional careers.

The local semifinalists, their art form, home town and school are:

Jordan Coutts, ballet, Simi Valley, ninth-grader at Laurel Springs School.

Eliana Vogel, ballet, Westlake Village, 12th-grader home schooled.

Jay Nelson, jazz instrumental,

Agoura Hills, 11th-grader at Agoura High School.


Brizendine Brizendine Caroline Bachman, non-classical voice, Agoura Hills, 12thgrader at Agoura High School.

Karis Brizendine, non-classical voice, Agoura Hills, 12thgrader at Agoura High School.

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