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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