Two Beverly High Students Named Music Center Spotlight Semifinalists

The Music Center’s recently announced semifinalists for its 35th annual Spotlight program–a free, nationally recognized arts learning initiative–include two Beverly Hills High School students.

Senior Emily Gorin and sophomore Bradyn Prisand were among 112 high school students from Southern California to advance to the next stage of the Spotlight competition, which provides scholarships and artistic development for teens. This year, more than 1,300 teens from more than 245 schools, 170 cities and eight counties auditioned for the prestigious program.

Gorin is participating in the program’s acting emphasis, while Prisand, a member of Beverly’s acclaimed dance company, is focused on non-classical voice skills.

Launched in 1988, Spotlight is a program of the Music Center’s TMC Arts, which aims to create inclusive arts and cultural experiences that support the diverse voices and communities of Los Angeles. Semifinalists, including Gorin and Prisand, receive $500 cash scholarships while grand prize finalists each receive $5,000 cash scholarships. Semifinalists attend special mastery classes within their discipline with highly regarded artists before auditioning before a panel of judges.

A total of 14 finalists, two selected from each discipline, perform in the Music Center’s Spotlight Grand Finale on June 8 at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.