THE 2014 STANLEY CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP FINALS CONCERT – NOV. 23, 2014

Sunday, Nov. 23rd  |   8-9:30pm

Musicians Institute Concert Hall

1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood

OPEN TO ALL MI STUDENTS AND STAFF, free with ID badge!!

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS:  Website

$10 General

$45 VIP Front row seating + meet & greet Stanley

All proceeds go to scholarship charity
Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

The Stanley Clarke Band will perform, and the celebrity judges will be in the house as FIVE of MI’s most talented students will take the stage to perform two songs each for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert at the MI Concert Hall on Sunday Nov. 23rd at 8pm. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation and Musicians Institute and managed by The Musicians Foundation.  

Stanley Clarke, (and his band featuring Ruslan Sirota, Ronald Bruner Jr., and Paul Jackson Jr.) will perform and a panel of well known music industry judges (Doug Webb, Sunnie Paxson, Kennard Ramsey, and more to be announced) will choose TWO finalist winners who will each receive a scholarship prize package of $9,000 from Stanley and MI, on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma during the Final Performance Event.  Three runners-up will receive a scholarship (tuition discount) award of $2,000 each.

Four-time Grammy Award Winning Stanley Clarke, Honorary Doctor of Music-MI at 2012 scholarship event

Stanley Clarke performs at 2012 scholarship event

Stanley Clarke

Bassist, composer, producer Clarke, whose prodigious talent, 40+ albums and 60 film scores, multiple Grammys, Emmys, critics’ and readers’ polls, and gold and platinum records have made him one of the most recognized and respected names in the annals of contemporary music, has selflessly and generously created opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education and realize their own creative vision.

For more than a decade, the Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music has provided substantial financial assistance to outstanding student performers since its inception and creation by Stanley in 2002.  In recognition of his exemplary and extraordinary support of music education, Stanley was awarded the first-ever honorary Doctor of Music degree from Musicians Institute in 2009.

The Stanley Clarke Band and Judges:

Ruslan Sirota

Ruslan Sirota

Ronald Bruner Jr.

Ronald Bruner Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr.

Doug Webb

Doug Webb

Sunnie Paxson

Sunnie Paxson

Kennard Ramsey

Kennard Ramsey

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 Nearby pay parking lots and on-street parking are available:

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FALL 2014 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Luke Villegas

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Luke Villegas

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Luke Villegas

The winner of the fall 2014 Seymour Duncan Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute is talented, Tustin, CA native Luke Villegas.  While proficient in many styles, the rock guitar stylist explains that he chose to study in MI’s Guitar Program because “I’ll be able to learn a wide variety of styles under many different accomplished instructors.”  

He also sees LA and the Hollywood area as the perfect place to achieve his dream,“along with the amazing learning opportunities, the location could not be more prime, the heart of Los Angeles.  I plan to make new connections at every moment possible, and I know that at MI I will learn so many new techniques, styles, and grow immensely as a musician.”  He adds “MI has the tools and resources to allow me to reach the level of success I am striving for as a musician.”

Luke’s longterm goals include: “writing, playing, creating music with a band and performing as well as writing scores for films or fine tuning the minute details of music in a recording studio. I want to be knowledgable in as many different areas of the business as I can, so that I am extremely well rounded and super marketable as a musician, composer, and sound architect.  I wish to pursue music as a career because it is my passion.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Luke on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our very special industry partner, Seymour Duncan for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Luke with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. The scholarship was created thru the generous support of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals to honor innovative guitar legend Seymour Duncan.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan Products click here

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FALL 2014 HOSA TECHNOLOGY AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Danica Renee Garcia

Jonathan Newkirk (Audio Enginnering Program Chair) with Danica Garcia

Jonathan Newkirk (Audio Enginnering Program Chair) with Danica Garcia

The Audio Engineering Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Danica Renee Garcia as the winner of the second annual Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship at MI.  In winning this prestigious award, the Santa Paula, CA native convincingly and clearly articulated her career goals in the music industry in her scholarship essay submission.

Asked why she chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI,  Danica states “My education has always been extremely important to me. Knowing that MI has a 12:1 student to teacher ratio is one of the main points that sold me on MI.  The teaching staff is incredible and the quality of education is phenomenal.  They set you up for nothing but success and all you have to supply is the effort and drive. And that, is what makes MI one of the most unique schools in my eyes; it’s why I invested my future here.  I absolutely adore the vibe around campus, the networking and connection opportunities, and the fact that everyone there is also chasing their biggest dream with no boundaries, the possibilities are limitless.”

While at MI, she will focus on “absorbing as much as I can, I want to learn it all. I want to become knowledgeable, not just educated. I want to become certified in Pro-Tools and know how to track, record, and mix songs and eventually demos and albums. I want to learn the tips and tricks of live sound, and learn how to brand myself and still be humble. I want to turn my “wants” or “wishes” into I WILL.”

She describes her future professional vision as “pursuing my dream of scoring a movie and dubbing audio into a music video or TV show.  I want to open my own recording studio one day, be a lyricist and also tour the world (and get paid to do it)!  I have many dreams and aspirations, and MI is the school I trust to set me up for success.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Danica on winning this prestigious award, and we welcome her as she begins her studies and enjoys the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to our industry partner, Hosa Technology for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide students like Danica with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

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FALL 2014 PAISTE CYMBALS SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: Kenneth Major Wynn

Kenneth Major Wynn with Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

Kenneth Major Wynn with Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

The winner of the fourth annual Paiste Cymbals Scholarship at Musicians Institute is talented San Diego, CA native Kenneth Major Wynn who enjoys playing hard rock, heavy metal, alternative, and “basically anything that gets your head pounding” styles of music.  His expressive cymbal technique and mature musical approach helped him to garner the prestigious 2014 Paiste scholarship award. 

The award includes a tuition discount for his studies at MI and also four new cymbals from the Paiste Signature Precision line (1 set of H.H.s, 2 – Crash, 1 Ride), to be hand-picked by Kenneth at the Paiste Factory.

Asked why he chose to study in the Drum Program at MI, Kenneth states: “because it is one of the leading music institutes in the country and is located in the heart of the entertainment community which will give me the best chance for a career in music.” While at MI, he will focus on ” becoming a better performer, I feel that MI is the best school to teach me to take it to the next level.”

Kenneth’s goals for the future are: “to find a band and travel the world playing to people. Eventually, I would like to start a night club for under age kids to play shows with their bands to hopefully give them their big break.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Kenneth on winning this scholarship award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and enjoys the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Paiste Cymbals for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Kenneth Major Wynn with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about Paiste Cymbals, visit:  http://www.paiste.com/

 

 

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THE FRANK GAMBALE GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED!

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The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music are proud to announce the first-ever Frank Gambale Guitar Scholarship at MI.

The Frank Gambale Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute was jointly created to honor the trendsetting artistic career of MI Guitar Program alumnus (GIT class of 1983) and guitar virtuoso: Frank Gambale. The scholarship is made possible by the generous support of MI’s Alumni and Carvin Guitars to provide opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education, and realize their own creative vision.

The $1,500 scholarship (tuition credit) and new Carvin FG1 signature model guitar will be awarded in Spring 2015 to a newly enrolling student (US or non-US citizens) in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, and advanced ability in the Fusion and/or Jazz genres.

  • The deadline to apply for the scholarship is February 27, 2015.
  • Please click here for detailed scholarship information and application.

To learn more about the extraordinary career of Frank Gambale click here.

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Fall 2014 Bachelor of Music Composition Scholarship Winner: Renhui Goh

 

Renhui (Renny) Goh with Rachel Yoon (Bachelor's Program Dean)

Renhui (Renny) Goh with Rachel Yoon (Bachelor’s Program Dean)

The winner of the fall 2014 Bachelor of Music Composition Scholarship is classically trained, Singapore native Renhui (Renny) Goh who comes to Musicians Institute armed with many years of experience both as a composer and performer in a fusion of pop, folk, electronic, acoustic and classical genres.

Upon learning about her award, (for her submission of two original compositions) Renny explains that she chose to study at MI because of  “meeting like-minded peers and being in a positive learning environment, and MI’s detailed curriculum for my course.  I know that the instructors are professionals who are in the industry, and that is always important because as musicians we want to be at the forefront of change.”  

While at MI, she will focus on learning “everything I can possibly absorb!  I’m really looking forward to learning from the curriculum and from my peers. Everyone is coming in with different musical backgrounds, strengths and perspectives, it will be a beautiful experience to be in such close proximity to such passionate individuals”.

She adds “my goals as a singer-songwriter are to eventually produce my own songs or album, and be able to fully understand the musical direction I want to head towards. As a composer, I would aspire to be as versatile as possible, develop a sound of my own and be able to offer this edge to clients and peers alike”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Renhui on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to Gilt City Los Angeles, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Renhui with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

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FALL 2014 MELODIC SOLOING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Clint (CJ) Walker

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Clint (CJ) Walker

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Clint (CJ) Walker

Musicians Institute and the Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Clint (CJ) Walker is the recipient of the fall 2014 Melodic Soloing Scholarship.  Clint comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Kansas City, MO in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in blues.

While studying at MI, he plans to focus on “learning more about my instrument in addition to some things I already know (but just need better explained) so all the pieces fit together.”

When asked about his future aspirations he adds, “my dreams are to be my own front man, have a band, travel and perform.  I’d also like to do studio records, recording with other artists and doing live shows with various artists. I’d like to be an inspiration for everyone to believe in what they do, even if they think that it’s simply impossible.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Clint on winning this very prestigious scholarship award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to an anonymous MI Guitar Program alumnus (GIT class of 1980) for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Clint with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2014 MI 35TH ANNIVERSARY GUITAR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Seonjoo Lee

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Seonjoo Lee

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Seonjoo Lee

The winner of the fall 2014 MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Scholarship is Seonjoo Lee.  The South Korean native comes to Musicians Institute specializing in blues and pop guitar styles.

Upon learning about her award, Seonjoo explained that she chose to study at MI because “I think MI is a good school to fulfill and to help make my dreams come true. MI provides what  musicians really need.”  She adds “the school has a lot of connections in the record, radio and broadcast industries.  MI students also have opportunities to apply for internships and gain real world experience in the music business thru MI’s classes, career development programs and auditions.”

While at MI, she will focus on “learning about songwriting, how to communicate with other musicians (as well as companies) and gain fuller understanding of the music business.” 

Everyone at MI congratulates Seonjoo on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Seonjoo with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

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FALL 2014 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR CRAFT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Benjamin A. Collenberg

Benjamin A. Collenberg with Paul Roberts (Guitar Craft Academy Program Chair)

Benjamin A. Collenberg with Paul Roberts (Guitar Craft Academy Program Chair)

The winner of the fall 2014 Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Academy Scholarship is Benjamin A. Collenberg.  The Anaheim Hills, CA native explains that he decide to study at MI’s Guitar Craft Academy  because “I have been interested in building and repairing guitars for the last 5 years.” He also adds “I chose MI because it’s a great, well rounded school, and the staff is amazing.”

While at Musicians Institute, Benjamin intends to “learn how to fully build and repair guitars and basses along with business management and guitar performance.” His long term goals are “to own my own guitar and bass company, also to be able to have a steady focused base of knowledge in business.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Benjamin on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our very special industry partner, Seymour Duncan for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Benjamin with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.  The scholarship was created thru the generous support of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals to honor innovative guitar legend Seymour Duncan.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan products click here

 

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FALL 2014 ESP BASS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Victor Kusaka

Victor Kusaka with Maurice Verloop (Bass Program Chair)

Victor Kusaka with Maurice Verloop (Bass Program Chair)

Congratulations to fall 2014 ESP Bass Scholarship winner Victor Kusaka who comes to Musicians Institute from Vacaville, CA as a versatile instrumental, metal and punk rock bass player.

Asked why he chose to study in the Bass Program at MI, Victor states: “I chose MI because it’s not a traditional college. It’s very modern and has tons of great resources. I love the fact that it’s right on Hollywood Blvd, where the heart of the music industry is.”  While at MI, he will focus on “studying bass performance obviously, and I also want to study music business.”

He adds that his career goals and musical aspirations involve “touring and the music business, I would love to perform in a touring band or become some sort of band/tour manager.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Victor on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, The ESP Guitar Company for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Victor with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about ESP Basses and their full line of products, visit:  http://www.espguitars.com/basses.html

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