Each year The Music Center’s Spotlight hold three rounds of auditions for approximately 1,500 Southern California  high school applicants before fourteen finalists, and each year there is a grand finale to highlight their extraordinary talents.

Southern California high school students of ALL skill levels are encouraged to apply for FREE. Much more than a competition, The Music Center‘s Spotlight is a scholarship and artistic development program, which empower students by emphasizing preparation, confidence, critical thinking and perseverance while providing an invaluable opportunity for students to hone their audition and performance skills! The Music Center’s Spotlight awards over $100,000 in cash SCHOLARSHIPS to students each year!  Application deadline October 18, 2021.

Classical Instrumental
Classical Voice
Jazz Instrumental
Non-Classical Voice

Just a sample of The Music Center’s Spotlight alumni who have gone on to have distinguished careers in the arts include: Misty Copeland (Spotlight Ballet, 1997), Principal Dancer for American Ballet Theatre; Danielle de Niese (Spotlight Classical Voice, 1995), major international opera star; Adam Lambert (Spotlight, Non-classical voice, 2000), Grammy-nominated recording artist; Miles Mosley (Spotlight Jazz Instrumental, 1998), internationally-acclaimed jazz bassist and vocalist; Michelle Kim (Spotlight Classical Instrumental, 1990), Assistant Concertmaster with the New York Philharmonic; and Joshua Winograde (Spotlight Classical Voice, 1992), Senior Director, Artistic Programs of the LA Opera.

By applying to Spotlight, you are eligible for:
Written feedback from our distinguished panel of judges
Mastery class with world-renowned artists or artistic directors
Live audition experience and coaching (contingent upon COVID-19 restrictions)
Grand Prize Finalist performance
Cash awards up to $5,000
News and social media coverage possibilities

Take a chance on yourself and apply!

Deadline October 18, 2021