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Sounds Like KPAC: The Final Round!


Over 60 entries were submitted for our first ever talent competition for area students, SOUNDS LIKE KPAC. Our Final Round competition takes place on Sunday, February 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Palmetto Center for the Arts on the campus of Northwest Vista College. The public is invited to the concert, which will be recorded for later broadcast on KPAC 88.3 FM. 


  • Mary McQueen
  • Muffin Russell
  • Andrew Li


  • Corry Tu, Isaac Villaroya, Kevin Valdez, Isabel Tweraser
  • Cloud 9 Quintet
  • Marshall HS Chamber Ensemble


  • Alexia Salingaros
  • JC Wollslager
  • Mari de la Garza
  • Jetty Crittenden
  • Mark Alvarado Garcia
  • Rex Cole
  • Katrina Shi
  • Lilith Mezquiti
  • Jerardo Sanchez
  • Stevanie A.H. Fernandez

Thanks to generous support from the Flohr Family Foundation and Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Heights Pediatrics, the First Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $1000.00. The Second Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $500.00.  The Third Place Winner in each Category will receive a cash prize of $250.00. (Each prize in the Ensemble category will be divided evenly among the performers.) Alamo Music Center and Whataburger are also donating prize packages for our talented artists and performers, all of them middle school or high school students within the listening area of KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM.

Judges for our Final Round include:

  • Mindy Ratner, KPAC on-air host
  • Alanna Sarabia, KABB/WOAI-TV
  • Matt Evans, Executive Director of Hill Country Youth Orchestra
  • Alex Rubio, Blue Star Artist-in-Residence
  • Aaron Prado, Northwest Vista College
  • Tim Jones, Northwest Vista College, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts

Join us for this celebration of young talent and classical music! Thank you to Texas Lutheran University and Codeup for sponsoring this initiative.


Sunday, February 8, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Palmetto Center for the Arts
Northwest Vista College
3535 N. Ellison Drive, 78251