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Welcome to The Music Center's Spotlight program, a wonderful learning opportunity for high school students in the performing arts. We look forward to meeting your student and helping them grow as young artists.

Spotlight's mission is to provide a supportive environment in which high school students can develop the skills needed to pursue their artistic dreams, with an emphasis on self-esteem, preparation and perseverance. While there is an element of competition, our main goal is to provide a positive learning experience for every student who participates.

The Spotlight performance categories are acting, ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental music and jazz instrumental music. 

Students will apply to Spotlight by uploading their own audition video for the Preliminary 1 round. We will be having video tutorials to help with the process. As many universities, colleges, competitions and festivals are now requiring students to submit audition videos, we believe this will help prepare them.  All students will receive written feedback. Those students who are selected from their video submission to advance to Preliminary 2 will audition in person in front of a panel of judges.

Our Spotlight auditions are designed as a positive learning experience. Before the audition we will help your student calm their nerves and know what to expect in the audition room. During the audition, our expert judges may offer specific suggestions about how the student can continue to improve. But in all cases, the student will receive a personal letter listing the specific feedback and suggestions of the judges. This personalized feedback is a great resource to help each student grow in their art form.

Spotlight is a program of The Music Center. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, The Music Center includes four venues: the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. These theatres are home to internationally acclaimed resident companies: Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In addition to the world class performances presented on its stages, The Music Center is also a leader in supporting K-12 arts education in schools across Southern California. The Music Center brings outstanding artists in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts to schools to help spark the development of quality arts programs for all students. The Music Center relies on the Education Guild, a dedicated group of volunteers, to help support the Spotlight Awards and our other arts education programs. If you would like to join the Education Guild and help bring the arts to young people, please contact Mary Kathryn Riggs at 

To learn more about performances and programs offered by The Music Center, please visit us on the web at For questions about Spotlight, EMAIL US>.


Jeri Gaile
Director, Spotlight
The Music Center
Contact Us


Window & Phone Hours:

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Glorya Kaufman Presents
Dance at The Music Center

(213) 972-0711

LA Opera
(213) 972-8001

LA Master Chorale
(213) 972-7282


Window Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Phone Hours:
Center Theatre Group
(213) 628-2772
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Window Hours:

Tuesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Monday

Phone Hours:
LA Phil

(323) 850-2000
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.