Musicians from all over Southern Nevada compete for scholarships and cash prizes in the annual Carol Jackson Concerto Competition.
The LVYAO is proud to honor the memory of Ms. Carol Jackson through the establishment of an annual concerto competition in her name. Ms. Jackson was the founding orchestra director at the Las Vegas Academy for the Arts and was credited for building a nationally recognized program. Moreover, she inspired many young musicians including LVYAO Founder & Music Director, Yunior Lopez.
The 2018 Carol Jackson Concerto Competition is sponsored in part by the Clark County Library District, Jonathan Krehm, and Mara Lieberman.
The Windmill Library Performing Arts Center
*This event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to stop by and join our audience anytime between 12 – 6 pm.
Carol Lyn Jackson was an accomplished musician who moved to Las Vegas in 1978, after graduating from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance. She played with all of the symphonic organizations in the Las Vegas area and was the first Concertmaster of the Las Vegas Philharmonic from its founding in 1998 through the 1999-2000 season. Carol also played for all of the major headline entertainers who visited Las Vegas and served as the Concertmaster for Diana Ross and Wayne Newton. Carol was an outstanding music educator with assignments throughout the Clark County School District. She began her teaching career in 1988 with orchestra classes at Fay Herron , Lois Craig, and C.C. Ronnow Elementary Schools; Burkholder, Brown, and Johnson Middle Schools; and Basic and Cimarron Memorial High Schools before finishing her last 12 years creating and maintaining the award-winning orchestra program at the Las Vegas Academy for International Studies and Performing Arts. She impacted the musical education of thousands of students with 90% of her graduating music students receiving scholarships to major universities, colleges, and conservatories. Carol tragically passed away on October 2, 2005, leaving behind her husband, Edward; daughter, Lauren; and son, Scott. Her personal and ensemble awards included: