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Spotlight Artists

Music for Autism (M4A) introduced the selection of Spotlight Artists each year to recognize extraordinarily talented and gifted musicians who have made a significant commitment to supporting the work of M4A and aided in the charity's expansion.
Kiku Collins & David Gibson

Kiku and David are absolutely thrilled to not only have the honor of performing for Music For Autism, but the opportunity to share in the goal of a safe space for families to enjoy the gift of music. Music is a worldwide language, and knows no boundaries. Gifts are meant for giving, receiving and sharing, […]

2016: Marisa Kennedy
  • Actress

Marisa Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is currently in Matilda at the Shubert Theatre – ensemble, covers Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Wormwood. She was in the National Tour of Billy Elliot as their assistant dance captain. As a dancer, she was named Top 10 […]

2015: Joe Iconis

Joe Iconis is a writer and performer. He is a creature of Manhattan and can frequently be spotted banging away on a dirty old piano. His songs are featured on Season 2 of NBC’s Smash. A composer – lyricist – bookwriter, he has authored the musicals Be More Chill, Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo!, Bloodsong […]

2014: Sonny Paladino
  • Piano

Sonny Paladino: Broadway (Assistant Conductor/Keys): Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot, Grease, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Keyboards: Guys and Dolls, Mama Mia, Promises, Promises, Addams Family, Women on the Verge. Music Supervisor for Disney’s High School Musical (Milan/Italy tour.) 1st National Tours: Disney’s High School Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grease. Work with Alicia […]

2013: John Arthur Greene

John Arthur Greene currently performs eight times a week in Broadway’s Matilda and recently starred as Riff in the recent Broadway revival of West Side Story. In addition, he has an active cabaret and night club performance track record at such esteemed venues as 54 Below, Joe’s Pub and the Metropolitan Room. Press BroadwayWorld.com “Music […]

2012: WindSync
  • Wind Ensemble

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync —a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition — is a fresh and energetic wind quintet thrilling audiences nationwide with their unique approach to classical music. These five virtuoso players specialize in creative, engaging, and interactive concerts that inspire audiences of […]

2011: Suzy Perelman
  • Violin

Violinist Suzy Perelman began her study of the violin at age 6 in the Philadelphia public schools. For college Suzy attended the Cleveland Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music, 1994), Case Western Reserve University (Bachelor of Science in Music Education, 1995), and Carnegie Mellon University (Master of Music, 1998). Her teachers were Linda Cerone, Bernie […]

2010: Ryan Gardner
  • Trumpet

Dr. Ryan Gardner is currently the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University. Originally from Santa Monica, California, Dr. Gardner received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his Master of Music from Rice University – Shepherd School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the […]

2009: Jade Simmons
  • Piano

Known for her musical creativity and electrifying stage presence, pianist Jade Simmons is committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music. Though her affinity is for the rhythmic and percussive repertoire of 20th and 21st century composers, Jade offers a diverse mix of repertoire from the classics to the cutting edge. In 2006, she became […]