11th Annual Music Unites the World Festival
may 13, 2021- ONLINE PREMIERE
MAY 15, 2021 – ENCORE PERFORMANCE
We are excited to announce the winner of our 2021 Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest — congratulations to William Malpede! His composition entitled “The Lamps Are Different” 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.
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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
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation
Charles Music Store
The Front Yard at The Garland
GRAMMY Museum & Foundation
Granada Mexican Restaurant
The Johnny Carson Foundation
Kidspace Children’s Museum
The M.S. Grumbacher Foundation
The Music Man Foundation
Preston and Maurine Hotchkis Family Foundation
Rhodes School of Music
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern CA
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.
PREVIOUS & CURRENT GUEST ARTISTS, MUSIC EDUCATORS & KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
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 • Andrew Synowiec – Guitar, Frozen, Coco, Nick Jonas, Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande • Julianne Jordan – Music Supervisor, Pitch Perfect, A Star is Born • Pinar Toprak – Composer, Captain Marvel, Fortnite • Connie Sheu – Guitar, Colburn Faculty • Don Brinegar – Professor Emeritus of Music, Pasadena City College • Michael John Mollo – Composer • Arthur Thompson – Percussionist, 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