The prestigious Academy of Music magnet program at Hamilton High School, a LAUSD school on South Robertson Boulevard in West Los Angeles, has for the first time opened its instrumental music program to auditions for the 2011-2012 school year. The pilot program will open up to 20 percent of the academy’s seats next fall to talented performers in charter and private schools as well as public school students who have fallen through the cracks in the magnet system, said Marlene Zuccaro, the academy’s director. Washington Preparatory High School’s music magnet program also will have auditions, she said.
Try-outs take place Jan. 22, but interested students still must fill out the school Choices application by Dec. 17 to enter the magnet system. “With the changing needs of the population, we wanted to stay competitive,” Zuccaro said. “We wanted to continue to draw the best students to our programs.”
Hamilton has more than 900 students studying instrumental music, dance, drama and more, and boasts numerous former students currently on Broadway and in the television show “Glee.”