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10th Annual Music Unites the World Festival

March 11-12, 2020
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The Music Unites the World Festival unites thousands of students and parents from across Los Angeles County for two (2) days of music making and community building. Education Through Music-LA hosts musical ensembles (choral, band, orchestra) who receive coaching from top artists and music educators and perform multi-cultural music from around the globe. This festival showcases the power of music to bring joy and unity among diverse cultures and communities.

We are excited to announce the 2020 Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest! 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. The winning piece will be premiered by students at the festival. For more information on the songwriting contest, click here.


MUWF Songwriting Contest
past festival photos

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

Sponsor the Festival

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

800 Degrees Pizzeria • Andy Lecompte Salon • Barry’s Bootcamp  Charles Music Store  Chick-fil-A  Discovery Cube • Donut Friend • Frito-Lay  The Front Yard at The Garland  GRAMMY Museum & Foundation  Granada Mexican Restaurant  The Johnny Carson Foundation  Kidspace Children’s Museum  Mattel  The Music Man Foundation  Nextdoor Neighbor  PepsiCo  Preston and Maurine Hotchkis Family Foundation  Rhodes School of Music  Shake Shack  Starbucks  Sweetgreen  Target


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


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 Arts Commission.






To view additional images from last year’s festival, click here.