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15th Year Celebration


From all of us at Education Through Music-LA, THANK YOU to each and every person who joined us LIVE (streaming) to make our

15th Year Celebration Benefit a wonderful evening! We are incredibly grateful for the contributions of our sponsors, supporters, and all who played a part in our event.

Actress/Singer-Songwriter Karen David and Academy Award-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino hosted the virtual fête, inviting guests to join the celebration with a special Sing-Along featuring Disney Legends Alan Menken and Jodi Benson, Anthony Evans, and students from across Los Angeles.

replay the show:

Virtual Event FREE to Attend; Donations Welcome

Event Program – CLICK HERE

Join us as we raise support for music in under-resourced LA schools and honor those whose contributions through music have positively impacted lives. Let’s celebrate together and give children hope and success through a well-rounded education, one that includes quality music and arts instruction.

Be Our Guest January 28, 2021 5:00PM PST and let the music celebration be a Part of Your World as we come together for a Disney Sing-Along with our Shining Star Honorees and Special Guest Artists:




Alan Menken – Shining Star Artist Honoree
Academy Award-Winning Composer/Songwriter – Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid


Booker White / BTW Productions – Shining Star Corporate Honoree
Supervisor of Music Prep; Dir. of Music Library –
Walt Disney Pictures & Television
Board Chairman, Education Through Music-Los Angeles


Manuel Castañeda – Shining Star Music Educator
Music Educator & Director – Centennial High School, Compton Unified


Special Guest Artists

Jodi Benson
Disney Legend, Voice of Ariel, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 2 & 3,
Broadway Tony Nominated Actress

Karen David
Actress (Galavant, Once Upon a Time, Legacies, Fear the Walking Dead, Mira Royal Detective)

Anthony Evans
Beauty and The Beast, Two-Time Billboard #1 Gospel Artist

Michael Giacchino
Academy Award-Winning Composer; Disney-Pixar’s UP, The Incredibles, Advisory Board Member, Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Education Through Music-LA Students
& Other Special Guests


Honorary Chair Committee

Christopher & Shannon Madden Lennertz, Co-Chairs
Christophe Beck
Karen David
John Debney
Michael Giacchino
Julianne Jordan
Kraft-Engel Management
Julia Michels
Rickey Minor
Blake Neely
Randy Spendlove



Vivace Sponsor

BTW Productions
Michael Giacchino
Booker & Sarita White


Crescendo Sponsor


Steve & Katia Jablonsky
Christopher & Shannon Lennertz
Lisa Norton & Harvey Motulsky


Forte Sponsor   

The Boomer Family Fund
Tim Davies
David Giuli & Melissa Orquiza
John Hoberg & Kathryn Likkel
Nathan & Victoria Lanier
Joseph Trapanese


Allegro Sponsor



Creature Street
Encompass Partners
Hal Leonard Corporation
Siddhartha & Amy Khosla
John & Gayle Levant-Richards
Linda Mouradian & Yervant Ayvazian
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
David Zippel & Michael Johnston
The Walt Disney Studios
RBC Wealth Management


Keep the Music Playing Contributors


Photos from Previous Galas:

Gala 2019 Photo Gallery

Gala 2018 Photo Gallery

Gala 2017 Photo Gallery

Gala 2016 Photo Gallery