Month: October 2011

Fall 2011 Paiste Cymbals Scholarship Winner: Youngjun Hwang

     Youngjun Hwang, MI Drum Program Director/Senior VP Tim Pedersen 

The winner of the newly created Paiste Cymbals Scholarship at Musicians Institute is talented South Korea native Youngjun Hwang, whose expressive cymbal technique and mature musical approach helped him to garner the scholarship award.

Having played in bands since middle school, Youngjun is deeply passionate about drums and cites his main artistic influences as Dave Weckl, Aaron Spears (Usher) and Chris Coleman.

Asked why he chose to study in the Drum Program at MI, Youngjun states: “I’m really excited that I can learn from the world famous drummers here and I get to meet drummer friends from many countries.”

“As a recipient of this scholarship, I want to challenge myself to get better and try my best in being a great drummer.”

Youngjun’s vision for the future includes: “starting a pro Fusion band with some like-minded friends, and to be a musician who can give hope and encouragement to those who are less fortunate.”

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

Special thanks to our industry partner, Paiste Cymbals for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Youngjun 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/

Fall 2011 Seymour Duncan Scholarship awarded to Luis Felipe Villar at Musicians Institute!

l. to r.- Luis Felipe Villar, Guitar Program Director Jude Gold

The 2011 Seymour Duncan Guitar Scholarship has been awarded to Luis Felipe Villar, whose outstanding musicianship and creative voice as a guitarist helped him to garner the first iteration of the prestigious annual scholarship.

The scholarship was created with the generous support of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals to honor its namesake and founder, inventor Seymour Duncan and the efforts of all emerging guitar players to develop their own unique voice.

The multi-talented Luis comes to MI from Colombia, and describes his playing as spanning all genres; “mostly everything from Jazz to Metal.”

While at MI, he hopes to learn as much as he can by playing as often as possible with students and teachers in order to help him develop and create his own “sound and language, and create my own musical world.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Luis to the fall class of the Guitar Program (GIT), we congratulate him on winning this very exciting award!

Special thanks to our new industry partner, Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Luis with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about Seymour Duncan products, visit them here

Mark Duran Awarded 2011 Schecter Synyster Gates Scholarship at Musicians Institute!

l. to r.- Schecter Guitar Research President Michael Ciravolo, Mark Duran, MI Guitar Program Director Jude Gold

Versatile Southern California guitar talent Mark Duran has been named winner of the 2011 Schecter Synyster Gates Guitar Scholarship.

Named for the iconic Avenged Sevenfold guitarist, Schecter artist, and GIT alumnus Synyster Gates,  the award recognizes outstanding performance in the heavy rock or metal style by an incoming AA-Guitar student.

Mark comes to MI from La Verne Ca., playing a wide range of styles from Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, to Metal and beyond. He decided to attend MI to “become a more complete musician in every aspect of my technique and to learn from and connect with all of the wonderful and amazing talent that this school has to offer.  I believe that all of these things are essential for cultivating a successful career in the music industry.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Mark to the fall class of the Guitar Program (GIT), and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Mark with the support, toolsand recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about Schecter Guitars, visit www.schecterguitars.com

Paige Cesar wins 2011 Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Scholarship at Musicians Institute!

        Founder and President of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Tish Ciravolo (l.)     with Paige Cesar (r.)

The talented winner of the first-ever Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Scholarship at MI, Paige Cesar comes to LA from Glendale, Arizona, fully stocked with solid Hard Rock, Metal, Classic Rock chops and the commitment to be the best at what she does.

Paige states that while in the guitar program at MI, “I hope to learn EVERYTHING I can. I plan on studying hard all day and all night and learn how to make my sound unique.”

Her future goals and vision include: “doing things no other musician has done before and to create a new sound that will mark the start of a new generation.”

The Daisy Rock Scholarship is awarded to a newly enrolling female guitar student at MI who demonstrates outstanding musicianship, band performance skills and originality in the Rock/Pop genre.  The award is named in honor of Vicki Peterson, who has been the guitarist for the groundbreaking multi-platinum, all female band The Bangles since their inception in 1981.

Everyone at MI welcomes Paige to the fall class of the Guitar Program (GIT), and congratulates her on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our new industry partner, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship,which helps to provide talented female students like Paige with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.  

MI’s Guitar Program looks forward to hosting a very exciting Daisy Rock event in the MI Concert Hall on November 3rd, please stay tuned for more details at www.mi.edu

To learn more about Daisy Rock Guitars and products click here:

http://www.daisyrock.com/


Amaury Beoutis Wins 2011 Schecter Jerry Horton Guitar Scholarship!


      l. to r.: Schecter Guitar Research President Michael Ciravolo, Amaury Beoutis, MI Guitar Program Director Jude Gold

Amaury Beoutis, is a talented and dedicated guitar-slinger from Paris, France, who comes to MI with a highly developed and well-rounded guitar style that spans multiple genres from Rock to Pop, Funk, and Fusion.

Named for the Papa Roach guitarist and Schecter artist, the award recognizes outstanding performance in the rock style.  Asked what he hopes to experience while studying at MI, Amaury states that he wants to: “fix the holes in my playing and to play with some of the best teachers and students in the world!”

Everyone at MI welcomes Amaury to the fall class of the Guitar Program (GIT), and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award.

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

To learn more about Schecter Guitars, visit www.schecterguitars.com