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10th Annual Music Unites the World Festival

Our 10th Annual Music Unites the World Festival was a success!

Watch the virtual show below:





This past March, after months of preparation, the game plan was set to go into motion for Education Through Music-Los Angeles’s 10th Annual Music Unites the World Festival. ETM-LA staff had begun load-in at the 2020 festival venue, when word arrived that all outside events were immediately cancelled for the foreseeable future. Read More

Despite the cancellation, ETM-LA’s drive to hold this festival has never wavered. Now, as virtual connection has become the answer during this time of Safer at Home, the solution is obvious. The virtual show must go on!

Education Through Music-Los Angeles premiered its 10th Annual Music Unites the World Festival on Facebook Live and YouTube on Friday, May 22nd at 5pm PST (with an encore showing on Saturday, May 23rd at 2pm PST). Hosted by Actor/Musician Ricardo Hurtado (Malibu Rescue) and Singer/Actress Bridget Barrera (Wizards of Waverly Place), this year’s virtual festival included student performances, award-winning essays, interactive music activities — including a percussion class from Arthur Thompson (Dave Koz) and a sing-along! — and the first-ever ETM-LA virtual choir performance.






Grammy-Winning Andrew Synowiec (Guitar, Frozen, Coco, Nick Jonas, Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande)
Grammy-Winning Julianne Jordan (Music Supervisor, Pitch Perfect, A Star is Born)
Emmy-Nominated Siddhartha Khosla (Composer, This is Us)
Pinar Toprak (Composer, Captain Marvel, Fortnite)
Rickey Minor (Emmy-Winning Music Director, Stevie Wonder, American Idol)
Ricardo Hurtado (Actor/Musician, School of Rock)
Julie Corallo (Director of Concert Choir & Faculty, South Bay Children’s Choir)
Juan Rodriguez (Music Educator, CA State Northridge; Hamilton High)
Connie Sheu (Guitar, Colburn Faculty)
Misha Shtangrud (Director of Vocal Ensembles, Colburn School)
Julie West (Veteran Music Educator, CA State Northridge)
Don Brinegar (Professor Emeritus of Music, Pasadena City College)
Michael John Mollo (Composer)
Arthur Thompson (Percussion, Dave Koz)
Melissa Woods (Head of Creative Services/Artists & Repertoire, Third Side Music)
Cynthny “Bo” Lebo (Kids First SoCal, USC Health Journalism)
Bridget Barrera (Singer/Actress, Wizards of Waverly Place; Cristela)

We are excited to announce the winners of our
2020 Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest — congratulations to Sin Young Park and John H. Lee! Their composition entitled “Come With Me” will be premiered at our virtual festival.

The purpose of this contest is to produce an inspiring, high-quality, original song that speaks to the theme of music’s ability to unite the world. For more information on the songwriting contest, click here.


2020 Festival Sponsor Form

Contact Director of Development Jacquie at 818-433-7600 for assistance.

Thank you to our present and past festival sponsors the past couple of years, who have helped to make this annual event possible:

800 Degrees Pizzeria
Andy Lecompte Salon
Barry’s Bootcamp
Bertrand’s Music
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation
Cassell’s Music
 Charles Music Store
CMA Foundation
Colburn Foundation
 Discovery Cube
Disney Studios
Donut Friend
Format Entertainment
The Front Yard at The Garland
GRAMMY Museum & Foundation
Granada Mexican Restaurant
The Johnny Carson Foundation
Kidspace Children’s Museum
Moss Foundation
The M.S. Grumbacher Foundation
The Music Man Foundation
Nextdoor Neighbor
Preston and Maurine Hotchkis Family Foundation
Rhodes School of Music
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern CA
Shake Shack
Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation


Our music programs are supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the California Arts Council, a state agency, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.


Andy Vargas – Vocalist, Carlos Santana Band • Baraka May – Vocal Recording Artist & Choir Director • Blake Neely – Composer, Flash, Arrow  Booker White – Head of Music Library, Walt Disney Studios • Cameron Hotchkis – Film Music Industry, Orchestrator • Carmen Twillie – Solo Vocalist, Lion King  Cathleen Cher – DJ (Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye West) • CeCe Sammy – Vocal Coach, American Idol  Christophe Beck – Composer, Disney’s Frozen  Diane Simons, Artistic Director of Bel Canto and Junior Concert Choir (South Bay Children’s Choir) • Evelyn Halus – Vocal Coach, Neil Patrick Harris • Harry Gregson-Williams – Composer, Chronicles of Narnia  Henry Wolfe – Singer-Songwriter • Jacqueline Sanderlin – Executive Director, School & Community Relations, Inglewood USD Arts • Jeff Bunnell – Trumpet, Jurassic World  Joe Kraemer – Composer, Jack Reacher  John Dennis – Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering • Jonathan Beard –  Composer, Orchestrator & Music Educator • Joseph Trapanese – Composer, Straight Outta Compton  Juan Rodriguez – LA Unified; Graduate of CA State University, Northridge and Music Academy, Hamilton High • Judith Hill – Singer-Songwriter, The Voice, Prince • Julie Corallo – Director of Concert Choir & Faculty, South Bay Children’s Choir • Julie West – Veteran Music Teacher (LA Unified; CA State University, Northridge) • Linda Mouradian – Veteran Strings Educator (LAUSD); Faculty, CA State University, Northridge • Lisbeth Scott – Solo Vocalist, Shrek  Mind of a Genius • Misha Shtangrud – Director of Vocal Ensembles, Colburn School of Music • Mitre – Latin Duo • Nomad & Lola – Musical Director, Babyface • Randy Spendlove – President of Music & Worldwide Publishing, Paramount Studios • Reggie Andrews – Music Director, King Drew High School • Ricardo Hurtado – Actor/Musician, School of Rock, The Goldbergs, The Mick  Rickey Minor – Music Director, Composer, and Music Producer (Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Idol)  Richard Medrano – Artistic Director, City of Angels Master Chorale & Children’s Chorus • Rory Pullens – Former Executive Director, Arts Education, LA Unified School District • Sally Stevens – Choir Conductor, The Simpsons  Sebastian Krys – Music Producer, Elvis Costello, Luis Fonsi • Siddhartha Khosla – Artist/Composer, This is Us, Goldspot  Tim Davies – Conductor/Arranger, La La Land, Empire  Vincent Womack – Music Director, Foshay Learning Academy