Santa Monica High School students Jennifer Gsell and Quinn D'Andrea have been named winners of the 2014 National YoungArts Foundation in the discipline of popular voice. They are both seniors and met in the high school’s choir under the direction of Professor Jeffe Hulls, who is also Conductor of the Santa Monica College Concert Chorale. The two winners were selected from 11,000 applicants through a blind adjudication process and were chosen to participate for a week of master classes and exhibitions in Miami.
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of young artists in the visual, literary, and performing artist categories. Since 1981, the organization has supported more than 16,000 young artists with life-changing performance and exhibition opportunities, workshops, and master classes. The foundation has granted more than six million dollars in monetary awards facilitating in excess of $100 million in scholarships. Additionally, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors.
YoungArts alumni have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including such notables as Kerry Washington, Nicki Minaj, Josh Groban, Viola Davis, Judith Hill, and Vanessa Williams. Renown mentors include, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Raul Esparza, Patty Lupone, Jacques d'Ambroise, Placido Domingo, and Robert Redford.