Congratulations to all five finalists who performed on April 26th for a cheering, near-capacity crowd and celebrity judges in the Musicians Institute Concert Hall for the prestigious 11th annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute! When the final votes were tallied, the top scholarship prizes (a total of $24,000 in Musicians Institute tuition discounts and cash) were awarded to:
First place winner:
Sharing the prize for second place (tied) Phillip Humberg and Jeremy Sauer:
4th place-Kyung Hyun Cho:
5th place-Kyungmin Do:
Following incredible and inspiring short sets performed by the Ruslan Sirota trio–Charles Altura(g), Munyungo Jackson(p.), Greg Swiller(b)…
The Stanley Clarke Duo (with percussionist Munyungo Jackson)…
The Stanley Clarke Band (Stanley Clarke(b), Ruslan Sirota(p), Ronald Bruner Jr.(d), and Charles Altura(g)…
Each scholarship finalist (all are current MI students) took the stage to perform two songs of their choice, and showed tremendous talent and passion playing a range of styles with each performer consistently impressing the audience and A-list judges alike.
Celebrity judges for the evening, music legends: George Duke, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Dayne, Sunnie Paxson, and Kennard Ramsey.
On behalf of Stanley Clarke and his wife Sofia (and their continued generous support for this scholarship and music education); all of us at Musicians Institute want to congratulate the five finalists on their exceptional performances and to thank all of the families, friends and band mates for their invaluable support.
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