Sounds Like KPAC: Young Talent Competition

You're invited to Texas Public Radio's second annual student talent competition on January 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College. The competition, “SOUNDS LIKE KPAC,” lets students share how radio station KPAC 88.3 FM inspires them to create. 

The program will include performances by student musicians, as well as a juried art show in the lobby of McAllister Auditorium.

Here are the finalists in each category:


Christina Bender - Brackenridge HS
Trinity Cardenas - BASIS San Antonio North
Zandria Garcia - Poteet Jr. High School
Audrey Kile - Boerne HS
Malaysia Rodriguez - Poteet Jr. High School
Ariana Runner - Young Women's Leadership Academy
Alexia Salingaros - Saint Mary's Hall
Katherine Sweeney - home schooled
Jacqueline Villarreal - Young Women's Leadership Academy


Roberto A. Becerra - Luther Burbank HS
Isaac Villaroya - John Jay HS
Andrea Williams - home school
Valeria Chávez - Ronald Reagan HS
Aubrey C. Harris - home school
Walker Tollett - Boerne Champion HS


Gabriela Escalante - Saint Mary's Hall
Erin Guetzloe - home school
Aaron Walick - Lady Bird Johnson HS


Boyen/Cavazos/Petersen/Zadra quartet - O'Connor HS
Opus Four Quartet - homeschool, Roosevelt HS, Warren HS, Judson Early College Academy
Quid Nunc - Ronald Reagan HS


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.)

The competition, funded by the Flohr Foundation and Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Heights Pediatrics, will be judged by members of the Texas Public Radio staff. Final Round judges are:

  • Jessica DeCuir: San Antonio College Fine Arts Dept.
  • David Mairs: Music Director, Mid-Texas Symphony
  • Deborah Martin: San Antonio Express-News
  • John Zech: KPAC 88.3 FM Morning Host

The annual competition is open to area junior high and high school age students between the ages of 13-19. Musicians uploaded performances to social media sites Soundcloud and YouTube and shared submissions with us by emailing links to

The official rules and prize information may be downloaded below.

Thanks to Texas Lutheran UniversityMid-Texas Symphony, and San Antonio College for sponsoring this initiative.