AMPA enjoys a legacy of awards and recognition received at music and performance competitions, festivals and concerts across the nation, including National Youth Theater Awards, John Cage Festival, David Foster and Friends, Playboy Jazz Festival, New Generation Monterey Jazz Festival, GRAMMY® Awards, LA Opera, Rose Bowl Parade, Special Olympics, Super Bowl, Our Lady of Angels Cathedral and Great American Dance Competition to name a few. Academy of Music students have received outstanding production, acting, dance and choreography prizes as well as conservatory scholarships to elite music programs. Our campus is frequently selected as a location for film and television production.


National Youth Theater Awards


Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival Winner

2017 -2018

Get Lit Poetry Slam awarded AMPA’s competitive team 3rd place out of 60 schools.


Over 22 nominations from National Youth Arts, The John Raitt Awards, and The Jerry Herman Awards. With 12 wins including, Kai Solecita Best Dancer, J’Quinn Einbinder Best Cameo Appearance, Guys and Dolls Best Ensemble, and Laramie Project Best Ensemble.


Mr. William Brandt (senior) has been nominated for 2018 U.S Presidential Scholars in the Arts.  Nominated for Vocal Jazz through the Young Arts program, Mr. Brandt is one of only 60 nominees nationwide.  He is the only student from LAUSD.


Mr. Dalton Hayse (junior) is a semi-finalist for the coveted Spotlight Award. Dalton, a pianist now advances to the final round. He was also selected to the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Jazz Ensemble.>Mr. Dario Bizio (junior) Jazz Bassist has been awarded bass chair in the 2018 Peer-Peer All Start Sextet. In a national competition, Dario was the only bass player selected to tour the US this winter and spring.


Ms. Infiniti Street (senior) Bassist, is this year’s winner of the Duke Ellington Society Scholarship. Infiniti was also invited to collaborate with recording artist Yuko Mabuchi at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in last December.


Mr. Joey Cuerreri (senior) Jazz Trumpet was accepted for the second year to the Grammy Camp. Joey is one of only five trumpet players to be selected nationwide. Joey is also the winner of the Shelly Mane Memorial Talent Award sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society selected for this prestigious honor from hundreds of applicants statewide.

2016 -2017

Sound Waves Recording Studio opened in April 2017, funded by Adidas.

In the Heights awarded Best Production, Best Choreographer, and Best Student Orchestra from the John Raitt awards.

In The Heights, 12 National Youth Theater awards.

Joey Curreri, jazz trumpet, selected for National Youth Grammy Band, one of five trumpet players from across the country.

Will Brandt, jazz sax, finalist for Spotlight Award, Performer of the Year, and Young Arts Award.

Tartuffe, 12 awards bringing the total number of drama and musical department nominations to 22 .

Jazz A Ensemble, ‘Downbeat Award’ for Best Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz A Ensemble, 4th place at the highly competitive Next Generations Jazz Competition.

Jazz A Ensemble opened the Hollywood Bowl screening of La La Land.

Jazz Ensembles swept the Western States and Esperanza Jazz Festival.

Jazz Students (12) selected to participate in the All-City Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Choral Program, 1st place in the Chamber Division at the Heritage Choral Festival.

Chamber Music, ‘Adjudicator Award’ at the Heritage Choral Festival.

Owen Ing, junior, ‘Maestro’ Award at the Heritage Choral Festival.

GetLit Poetry Slam awarded APMA’s Competitive Poetry team 3rd place out of 55 schools.

Marching Band, students selected for the All City Marching Band, marching in the Rose Bowl Parade.

AMPA, two ‘Grammy in the Schools’ awards, and ‘Bravo Award’ for excellence in arts education.

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