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Two Beverly Hills Students Named Music Center Spotlight Semifinalists

Two Beverly Hills Students Named Music Center Spotlight Semifinalists
Sophia Boghosian, Bradley Moon
BY Laura Coleman March 6, 2020

Beverly Hills residents Sophia Boghosian and Bradley Moon are among the 113 Southern California high school students named as semifinalists in The Music Center’s 32nd Annual Spotlight Program. The nationally recognized arts training and scholarship program offers young artists a career path in the arts and access to more than $100,000 in scholarships annually. 

Since its launch in 1988, Spotlight has afforded young artists the opportunity to 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 counties auditioned for the prestigious program. 

Both Moon, a Beverly Hills High School junior, and Boghosian, a sophomore at Marlborough, were named semifinalists in ballet. There are a total of seven categories, which also include acting, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental and jazz instrumental. 

“Spotlight is a prime example of The Music Center’s commitment to deepen the cultural lives of all, in this case empowering young, aspiring artists with the skills and tools to explore their potential,” said Rachel Moore president and CEO of The Music Center. “This year-long journey has the added benefit of helping these students develop critical life skills that can set them on a path to success, whether or not they pursue a career in the arts.” 

Semifinalists receive 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. The experts also provide students with highly valuable feedback on their performances. 

As part of the competition, each semifinalist will audition again before a new panel of judges, who 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. 

Both 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 Grand Prize Finalists will perform at The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre in the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance on May 30. 

“Spotlight is so much more than just a scholarship program, it’s an opportunity for young performers to discover their full potential and push themselves to continue to achieve their goals,” said Jeri Gaile, director of The Music Center’s Spotlight program. “What makes this program so unique is not only the amazing talent that goes through the Spotlight process, but also the individuals who discover a new passion for the arts off stage or behind the scenes.” 

Beverly Hills residents Sophia Boghosian and Bradley Moon are among the 113 Southern California high school students named as semifinalists in The Music Center’s 32nd Annual Spotlight Program. The nationally recognized arts training and scholarship program offers young artists a career path in the arts and access to more than $100,000 in scholarships annually. 

Since its launch in 1988, Spotlight has afforded young artists the opportunity to 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 counties auditioned for the prestigious program. 

Both Moon, a Beverly Hills High School junior, and Boghosian, a sophomore at Marlborough, were named semifinalists in ballet. There are a total of seven categories, which also include acting, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental and jazz instrumental. 

“Spotlight is a prime example of The Music Center’s commitment to deepen the cultural lives of all, in this case empowering young, aspiring artists with the skills and tools to explore their potential,” said Rachel Moore president and CEO of The Music Center. “This year-long journey has the added benefit of helping these students develop critical life skills that can set them on a path to success, whether or not they pursue a career in the arts.” 

Semifinalists receive 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. The experts also provide students with highly valuable feedback on their performances. 

As part of the competition, each semifinalist will audition again before a new panel of judges, who 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. 

Both 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 Grand Prize Finalists will perform at The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre in the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance on May 30. 

“Spotlight is so much more than just a scholarship program, it’s an opportunity for young performers to discover their full potential and push themselves to continue to achieve their goals,” said Jeri Gaile, director of The Music Center’s Spotlight program. “What makes this program so unique is not only the amazing talent that goes through the Spotlight process, but also the individuals who discover a new passion for the arts off stage or behind the scenes.” 

 

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