Classical Music Competition | 2021

In the tiny country of El Salvador, 228 youth Classical Guitarists, Pianists and Violinists registered from all over the country.

36 out of the 63 finalists were chosen to compete with 3 International Elite judges and a total of $4,800 of cash prizes awarded.

It was a memorable event late 2021 as many parents and participants shared this was the first time a classical music competition was held in the country.

First Place Advanced Winners received access to our exclusive online music academy as well as teachings from International Elite Music Professors. This is all to prepare them to teach poverty stricken kids off the streets in the country.


Laura Verdugo del Rey

From Spain, as a hailed concert guitarist throughout Europe including Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Iceland, Greece and others. Laura's performed on renowned stages with Orchestras such as the St. Cecilia Orchestra of Simpelveld (Holland), the S. Petrus Orchestra in Maastricht (Holland), and the Nova Cámera Orquesta de Madrid.

Received her Masters at the Hogeschool Zuid Conservatory in Maastricht (Holland), graduating with the highest degree of honors.

She’s also the Head Artistic Director of the Andrés Segovia International Festival as well as the Director of the International Guitar Festival of Madrid.

Laura is on the faculty at the Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska.

Dr. Vernon Snyder

Dr. Vernon Snyder is a collaborative pianist based in the Los Angeles area. He’s graced a multitude of International stages from North America, Korea and Taiwan as well as Classical Radio. His collaborations include the prestigious members of LA Opera, LA Master Chorale, as well as maestro Peter Mark and Lillian Groag. 

He holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts from Claremont Graduate University being the honorary recipient of a multitude of awards, in the likes of the Evans Family Music Scholarship and First Place in the graduate division of the Rudolph Polk Memorial Award. Vernon’s been honored to give world premieres of works by award winning composers Tom Hiel and Kevin Garnica. He also held faculty posts at Pomona College, and currently CSU Pomona.

J'Anna Jacoby

Having toured globally as an acclaimed string musician, J’Anna has vast experience collaborating with orchestras and iconic artists in the likes of Josh Groban, Michael Crawford, Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey and most recently led the string section during the East Coast leg of Adele’s tour. 

From a young age of 15 months she studied the Suzuki method. As a teenager, J’Anna was the first woman to win the national Grand Masters Fiddling contest in Nashville. Later on she attended the Vienna Conservatory of Music in Austria. She studied violin, viola, chamber music and toured with the conservatory orchestra and opera company. 

Other credits include being a judge in the Miss America 2.0 competition as well as performing with the legendary Rod Stewart since 1999. They just completed the 170th show at Caesars Palace. 



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