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Third Annual Summer Music Soirée Engages Community, Supports Music Education

Contact: Victoria Lanier

For Immediate Release

Phone: (818) 433-7600

Email: / Website:


BURBANK, CA – On June 26, a free concert for the community organized by local high school students will benefit music education programs in disadvantaged Los Angeles schools. The Summer Music Soirée, now in its third year, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Burbank.

The Summer Music Soirée program will include a blend of classical music, jazz and more. The concert will highlight performances by Colburn students Maya Paredes, Eyén Paredes, Javier Martinez and Nicholas Castaño, students in the ETM-LA music programs at Providencia Elementary School and McKinley Elementary School, and a jazz combo featuring students from The New School, University of Southern California and California Institute of the Arts.

This is the third year that sisters Maya Paredes and Eyén Paredes, students at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, have organized the annual event to raise funds and support for Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA).

“I wanted to share my love of music with the community of Burbank,” Maya Paredes said. “I have seen first-hand the work Education Through Music – LA does in our local schools and wanted to encourage people to donate and help support music education in public schools.”

A raffle before the concert and a reception with a Yogurtland fundraiser following the event will benefit ETM-LA. The event is sponsored by Benning Violins, Bertrand’s Music, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Coral Cafe, Ralphs, Handy Market, World Empanadas, Romancing the Bean, Island’s and Yogurtland.

Last year’s soiree raised more than $1000 in donations for music education programs in local disadvantaged schools.

“We are so grateful to these young artists who volunteer their time to help keep music in our schools,” ETM-LA Executive Director Victoria Lanier said. “It’s inspiring to see teenagers like Maya and Eyén take the initiative to give back to their community and to be a role models for other children.”

ETM-LA provides quality, yearlong, in-school music instruction in disadvantaged Los Angeles schools as part of the core curriculum for every child. Since its founding in 2006, ETM-LA has grown to serve over 12,000 students at 25 partner schools in Los Angeles.

6:30 p.m. Doors Open & Raffle
7:00 p.m. Concert
8:00 p.m. Reception and Yogurtland Fundraiser

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