Month: October 2013

Fall 2013 MI 35th Anniversary Drum Scholarship: Arthur Johnson

Arthur Johnson with Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

Arthur Johnson with Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

The winner of the fall 2013 MI 35th Anniversary Drum Scholarship is O’Fallon, Illinois native Arthur Johnson who comes to Musicians Institute armed with 19 years of experience drumming in Jazz Fusion and Funk/Gospel music styles.

Upon learning about his award, Arthur explains that he chose to study at MI because “I hope to be a sponge at MI, I want to soak in as much as possible and completely understand my craft and fitting into various ensembles. MI is the best school for contemporary music and it fits perfectly into what I want my career to be”.

He adds “My goals are to network, become a clinician, play for various artists, and hopefully one day play drum set for a late night TV talk show”.

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

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Fall 2013 Musicians Institute 35th Anniversary Vocal Scholarship: Miranda Bradford

Miranda Bradford

Miranda Bradford

The winner of the Musicians Institute  35th Anniversary Vocal Scholarship for fall 2013 is Kansas native, Miranda Bradford who specializes in R&B and Hip Hop styles.

Upon learning about her award, Miranda explains that she chose to study at MI because “MI is the next step for me towards the career I need. I want to learn the ins and outs of the industry so I can hold my own when the time comes”.  She shares that she has been “enthralled with the entertainment industry ever since I was a child”.

She describes her future aspirations and careers goals as “in a perfect world, I would love to blow up all over!  I want to touch people with my music and inspire them in all aspects of life. I’m not in this for the fame or fortune, but because it’s my passion and I want to share my passion with other people”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Miranda on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach his 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 Miranda with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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Mitch Faber Memorial Guitar Scholarship Winner: Nick Blankenship

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Nick Blankenship

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Nick Blankenship

The third annual Mitch Faber Memorial Guitar Scholarship, created to honor the memory, talent and artistic career of GIT grad Mitch Faber (class of 1981), has been awarded to Nick Blankenship.  Nick hails from Modesto, California and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) program at Musicians Institute having demonstrated outstanding musicianship and the potential for developing a unique voice in the blues style.

While attending Musicians Institute, Nick will focus on “how to become the best player, live musician, studio musician, music teacher and student I can be.  To develop a great ear, a great sense of harmony, study the way music works in depth, and be able to play just about everything in a professional and unique way. I want to learn to be a professional guitarist that can have wisdom to know what to play and when to play it at the appropriate time”.

Nick states: “I have a real passion for playing and studying Jazz music and Fusion music, and I want to explore composition and improvisation more.  I am very open to all styles of music, and have played just about everything from Classical to Gospel; I also love Bluegrass, Funk, R&B, Latin, Soul, Blues and everything in between.” 

He chose to study at MI because “I want to immerse myself in an environment which includes the greatest teachers who love to share their knowledge and wisdom, while being around other students that I can learn from and be inspired by, in the heart of a city where the music business is flourishing and full of opportunity. MI is a school where they teach you the importance of being a professional musician, knowing your instrument backwards and forwards and being open-minded towards other types of music, and learning how to market yourself, and the importance of hard work in the music industry”.

Nick adds “my dreams and goals include: composing music, working as a studio musician in LA, and playing all kinds of diverse music with the best players in town. I would also like to tour as a sideman for big-name artists. Another big dream of mine has always been to be a teacher at MI or a school like MI”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Nick on winning this prestigious award that honors both the legacy and career of a Guitar Program alumnus (Mitch Faber) and supports the education and growth of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

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Fall 2013 ESP Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Nate Dominguez

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Nate Dominguez

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Nate Dominguez

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that Nate Dominguez  is the recipient of the fall 2013 ESP Guitar Scholarship. Nate comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Tucson, Arizona already in possession of serious Progressive Metal guitar skills.

Nate chose to study at MI because “this school was the best fit for covering a lot of ground and studying many musical genres. I feel the environment here will be the most beneficial to my career”.  While at MI, he plans to “learn everything I possibly can about the instrument from a theory standpoint to construction of the instrument to business ”.  “My goals are to be a touring musician with a top of the line home studio and to be a guitar teacher”.

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

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

To learn more about ESP Electric Guitars, and their full line of guitar products, visit http://www.espguitars.com 

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Janis Joplin to Receive Posthumous Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Musicians Institute – Nov. 4th

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The legendary rock icon Janis Joplin (who earned her fame while fronting the psychedelic rock outfit Big Brother and the Holding Company) will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6752 Hollywood Blvd., directly in front of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music.

The singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement honor in 2005.

Joplin’s tragically short recording career started in 1967 with Big Brother’s first album and Joplin passed in 1970, she would have been 70 years old this year.

Some Joplin’s best loved hits include: Piece of My Heart, Me and Bobby McGee, Kozmic Blues, Get it while You Can, Cry Baby and many more.

The Walk of Fame ceremony is open to the public, and features special guest appearances by Kris Kristofferson and Clive Davis.

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WHO:        Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Kris Kristofferson and Clive Davis
Accepting the star will be Janis’ siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin

 

WHAT:     2,510th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording

 

WHERE:  6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Musicians Institute

 

WHEN:     Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. PDT

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the late Janis Joplin will be honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. “Janis Joplin is an iconic figure and her songs will always be remembered by her fans around the world,” stated Hollywood Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez. “We are excited to add a unique tribute to Janis by her friend Kris Kristofferson who will perform a special acoustic version of “Me and Bobby McGee,” which Janis famously recorded in 1970 yet was released posthumously in 1971, scoring Joplin a number one hit.

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Fall 2013 Evans Drum Scholarship Winner: Christian Kongawi

Christian Kongawi with Stewart Jean (Drum Program chair)

Christian Kongawi with Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that funk and rock drummer Christian Kongawi from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2013.

Christian will focus on “growing my arsenal of rudiments, music styles and essentially expand my musical vocabulary in order to be the best player I can be” during his studies at MI. 

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Christian acknowledged that he chose to study at MI because of “it’s reputation, I’ve met people who have attended, and they all gave raving reviews. Not only that, but it is centrally located in one of the meccas of the entertainment industry”.

His future goals include “being a session player, or a “hired gun”.  I live to perform, so I plan on touring and recording extensively. Building a reputation as a “go to drummer” is important to me, so that one day, if someone like Justin Timberlake needs a drummer, I’d like to be at the very least on the short list for such opportunities”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Christian 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, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Christian with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

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Fall 2013 W. Crane Guy Vocal Scholarship Winner: Juan P Acosta

Debra Byrd (Vocal Program Chair) with Juan P. Acosta

Debra Byrd (Vocal Program Chair) with Juan Acosta

The Vocal Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce multi-talented vocalist Juan Acosta  as the winner of the W. Crane Guy Memorial Vocal Scholarship for fall 2013.  In winning this prestigious award, the Bogota, Colombia native demonstrated overall outstanding musicianship, strong vocal skills and the potential for developing his own unique voice.

Asked why he chose to study in the Vocal Program at MI, Juan states “I want to learn as much as I can from the teachers at MI. They will definitely help me learn more about performing and how to shape my style.”

He also shared that “My goal is to become someone important in “showbiz”. Not just as a musician or a performer; but as a human being, and I know I will achieve it with hard work!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Juan on winning this prestigious award that honors the memory and multiple talents of Musicians Institute alumnus W. Crane Guy (class of 2010); and supports the education of a talented vocal student.

Special heartfelt thanks to the family of W. Crane Guy for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which will help to provide students like Juan with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 

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Fall 2013 Schecter Jerry Horton Guitar Scholarship Winner: Mark French

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Mark French

Coming to Musicians Institute from Lucerne Valley, California, talented progressive rock guitarist Mark French  has been chosen as winner of the fall 2013 Schecter Jerry Horton Guitar Scholarship, named in honor of the Papa Roach guitarist.

Asked why he decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program, Mark states that he wants to “become a better player in all genres and become a more accomplished and refined musician. MI is a great place to thrive as a musician and there are so many other musicians to learn from. MI is widely known for having successful alumni in the professional studio and performing world.”

He sees his MI studies as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “become a paid touring musician. I can think of no better job than to get paid to tour the country/world and play in front of large crowds. I’m interested in studio work and teaching guitar as well.”

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

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

To learn more about the full line of Schecter Guitar and Bass products click here

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MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Program Scholarship Winner: Stephen Hacala

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Stephen Hacala

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Stephen Hacala

The winner of the fall 2013 MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Scholarship is Stephen Hacala.  Stephen comes to Musicians Institute from Northwest Arkansas with 9 years of guitar playing and performing skills specializing in instrumental rock/progressive rock as well as swing, jazz and latin guitar styles.

Upon learning about his award, Stephen explained that he chose to study at MI because “my goals are to further develop my musical skills and understanding of the guitar as a whole.  I want to be able to read music on the guitar fluently, further develop my sense of time, and actually be able to swing on the guitar well.  I’m most excited to meet other people with common interests and make music.  I’d love to get a progressive rock band together to record a few tunes and play a few gigs“.

He adds “my dream is to be able to make a living as a musician in Los Angeles, start a progressive rock band, learn more about the film industry, and be able to play Jazz music.  I have had many opportunities to travel and I want to continue to see different places on planet Earth and meet many different people”. 

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

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Fall 2013 Sennheiser Vocal Scholarship Winner: Marcelo Rossil

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Marcelo Rossil with Jon Clayden (VP of Academic Affairs)

The third annual Sennheiser Vocal Scholarship at Musicians Institute has been awarded to Marcelo Rossil.  Marcelo hails from Downey, California and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Vocal) Program at MI with a passion for oldies and rock and roll, and in possession of strong musicianship skills.

While attending Musicians Institute, Marcelo will focus on expanding his knowledge of “marketing skills and developing a great, versatile vocal technique. I chose MI above all other schools because I knew that this sanctuary of music is unique, and it will help me to establish a professional network with record labels and producers”.

His primary future career goal is to “be performing on a big stage with my band or alone. I want to show the world that music from today with a hint of the past can be really fun and catchy, I just want to help people have that  connection with the music”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Marcelo on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and growth of a talented, evolving, and very deserving vocalist!

The scholarship is generously sponsored by MI scholarship partner, Sennheiser USA as a part of its sustaining commitment to support music education. 

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