Students demonstrate talents during annual Jack Gard Music Competition

The Los Angeles Music and Art School’s (LAMusArt) annual Jack Gard Music Competition concluded last week, awarding many talented students and finalists.

Named after esteemed LAMusArt Emeritus Board Member and Teaching Artist, Jack Gard, the competition is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned in their lessons for the past year. Students who have shown dedication and promise in their lessons can merit a nomination by their individual Teaching Artists to enter the competition.

A guest panel of judges comprised of professional and practicing musicians jury student performances. Senior Division first-place winner also receives a full-year music scholarship to continue their tutelage at LAMusArt.

We congratulate all of our winners, finalists, and Teaching Artists for their accomplishments and dedication during the past year!


Lacey Jo Benter Vocal performer and actress; graduate of The Julliard School

Samuel Grodin Solo and collaborative pianist; Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at USC Thornton School of Music

Bob Robles Guitarist and accomplished Teaching Artist; has collaborated with music and entertainment giants such as Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon

Jack Gard 2015 Winners:

Junior Division 1st Place Trophy – Alex Luna Junior Division 2nd Place Trophy – Cadiz Salazar Junior Division 3rd Place Trophy – Daphne Garcia Junior Division 3rd Place Trophy – Alina Diaz

Intermediate Division 1st Place Trophy – Tiffany Cruz Intermediate Division 2nd Place Trophy – Andres Calvillo Intermediate Division 3rd Place Trophy – Ariana Munoz Intermediate Division Honorable Mention Medallion – Sofia Zavalza Intermediate Division Honorable Mention Medallion – Giovanna Ruiz

Senior Division 1st Place Trophy – Samantha Fang Senior Division  2nd Place Trophy – Jiaqi Fu Senior Division  2nd Place Trophy – Emmanuel Marroquin

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