The fall 2013 Schecter Synyster Gates Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute, created to honor the successful career of GIT grad and Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates, has been awarded to Joey Westerlund.
Joey comes to MI from Dallas, Oregon and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program having demonstrated outstanding musicianship in the metal, and rock/folk rock genres.
While attending Musicians Institute, Joey will specifically focus on gaining the skills needed to “better myself as a guitarist. I want to branch out and be able to play an even wider variety of genres/styles than I can already play.”
He described his future goals as “I want to be a session/touring guitarist while working on my own music on the side as well as write for film and TV. Eventually, I would like to open a studio with my roommate (who is enrolled in MI’s Audio Engineering Program), while continuing to work as a session guitarist”.
Everyone at MI congratulates Joey on winning this prestigious award that honors both the growing legacy and career of a Guitar Program alumnus (Synyster Gates) and supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving rock guitarist!
Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitar Research for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Joey with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
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