Month: October 2013

Fall 2013 Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship Winner: Gabriela Briseno

Gabriela Briseno with Jonathan Newkirk (Audio Engineering Program Chair)

Gabriela Briseno with Jonathan Newkirk (Audio Engineering Program Chair)

The Audio Engineering Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Gabriela Briseno as the winner of the first-ever Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship at MI. In winning this prestigious award (the Los Angeles native) convincingly and clearly articulated her career goals in the music industry in her scholarship essay submission.

Asked why she chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI,  Gabriela states “I hope to learn from the best in the business all the aspects of audio engineering, what the business is all about and how to be successful in this field. I chose MI because the staff is friendly and helpful. I know a lot of successful people have come out of MI and I want to follow in their footsteps and become a success as well.”

Gabriela describes her future professional vision as “to be able to get creative and find new talent, I want to inspire people through music and find talented people with the same passion that I have for music. I want my music to touch people in a positive way, I believe music heals people and that’s what I want to share with the world”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Gabriela on winning this prestigious award, and we welcome her as she begins her studies and enjoys the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to our industry partner, Hosa Technology for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide students like Gabriela with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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Fall 2013 Dr. E.P. Scarlett Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Shinae Hwang

 

Shinae Hwang with Lisa Harriton (Keyboard Program Chair)

Shinae Hwang with Lisa Harriton (Keyboard Program Chair)

The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music are proud to announce that talented keyboardist and native of South Korea, Shinae Hwang has been named as winner of the fall 2013 Dr. E.P. Scarlett Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.

Shinae (who was raised playing Classical music, and now enjoys performing modern rock and modern ballads) decided to attend MI’s Keyboard program because “I believe that MI will be the ideal place for me to expand my musical caliber beyond my boundaries, to explore new possibilities, and to establish a personal network with musicians from various parts of the worldMI offers various different genres and aspects of music and I wish to experience and explore all the possibilities. I also hope to get opportunities to collaborate with various different talented musicians”.

Shinae sees her MI education as an important key to achieving her dream of one day being able to “join a professional team such as ‘Brooklyn Tabernacle choir’ as a keyboard player. Since my interest also lies in music arranging, I also wish to develop my career as a director, organizing and participating in live performances and album recordings”.

Everyone at MI welcomes Shinae to the Keyboard Program at MI, and congratulates her on winning this very prestigious award!

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Dr. Earle Parkhill Scarlett, a Canadian physician, educator, scholar, musicologist, prolific writer and former Chancellor of the University of Alberta.

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Fall 2013 Schecter Synyster Gates Guitar Scholarship Winner: Joey Westerlund

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Joey Westerlund

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.

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

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Fall 2013 Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Guitar Scholarship: Noel “Elly” Waters

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Noel "Elly" Waters

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Noel “Elly” Waters

Burbank CA native, Noel “Elly” Waters is the talented winner of the Second Annual Daisy Rock Bangles/Vicki Peterson Scholarship at Musicians Institute. She specializes in Jazz and Pop styles and comes to the MI Guitar Program with the commitment to be the best at what she does.

Elly states that while at MI, “I hope to improve my sight reading chops, songwriting, playing over changes, and live performance in any genre”.

When asked why she chose to study at MI she adds, “for as long as I can remember, I’ve heard about the extraordinary people who have studied at MI and have gone on to accomplish tremendous things in their chosen fields of music.  Additionally, I appreciate that MI is located in the heart of the industry”.

She describes her future goals and vision as: “when I finish my studies and receive a degree at Musicians Institute, I hope to be the complete package (triple threat perhaps? … a singer, songwriter, and performer), a skilled guitar player and equally accomplished singer/songwriter bringing something unique to the world of pop music”.

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 Elly to the fall class of the Guitar Program (GIT), and congratulates her on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our industry partner Daisy Rock Girl Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented female students like Elly with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.  To learn more about Daisy Rock Guitars and products click here:  http://www.daisyrock.com/

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Fall 2013 ESP Bass Scholarship Winner: Shawn Paavola

Shawn Paavola with Maurice Verloop (Bass Program Chair)

Shawn Paavola with Maurice Verloop (Bass Program Chair)

Congratulations to ESP Bass Scholarship winner Shawn Paavola who comes to Musicians Institute from Baltimore, MD already armed with serious funk chops.

Asked why he chose to study in the Bass Program at MI, Shawn states: “I hope to learn every style of bass playing at MI, broaden my general musical knowledge, and increase my skill ten fold.  MI is the best school in the country to learn contemporary music and how the modern music industry works.”

He adds that his career goals are “to change the history of music forever as we enter into this new age of sound and make music that will exist long after I’m dead. But, I’ll settle for having a sustained career in the music industry with enough income to raise a family!

Everyone at MI congratulates Shawn 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, The ESP Guitar Company for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Shawn with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about ESP Basses and their full line of products, visit:  http://www.espguitars.com/basses.html

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Fall 2013 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship Winner: Mathilda Fritzell

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Mathilda Fritzell

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Mathilda Fritzell

Talented guitarist Mathilda Fritzell  has been named as winner of the fall 2013 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship. Coming to Musicians Institute from Sweden, she brings a versatile array of guitar playing skills in classic rock music, blues and fusion styles.

Mathilda decided to attend MI’s Guitar Programbecause I hope to grow as a musician as well as get better with my technique and versatility. I hope to connect with a lot of people and play with a lot of great musicians here. Also, I chose MI because of all the great stuff I heard about the school from my music teachers home in Sweden. To get the opportunities to play, play, play”!!

She sees her education as an important key to achieving her career goals of being able to “play in a cover band, as well as in a band touring with famous artists.  I want to play in big musical productions and festivals, as well as various events such as weddings, parties, restaurants as a professional musician”.

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

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Mathilda 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 D’Addario Products click here: http://www.daddario.com

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Fall 2013 Paiste Cymbals Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Cole Carson

Andrew Shreve (Paiste), Kelly Paiste, Cole Carson, Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

The winner of the third annual Paiste Cymbals Scholarship at Musicians Institute is talented Carthage, Illinois native Cole Carson, who cites his main style as Classic Rock, but also “likes to play it all”. His expressive cymbal technique and mature musical approach helped him to garner the prestigious Paiste scholarship award. 

The award includes a tuition discount for his studies at MI and also four new cymbals from the Paiste Signature Precision line (1 set of H.H.s, 2 – Crash, 1 Ride), to be hand-picked by Cole at the Paiste Factory.

Asked why he chose to study in the Drum Program at MI, he states: “I hope to learn as much as I possibly can in all styles. Sort of be like a sponge and soak it all up. I chose MI because the school is awesome, it’s in a great place and they provide everything that I want to learn”.

Cole’s vision for the future is: “My goals are to become a professional drummer in a touring band and a studio musician”.

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

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

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Fall 2013 ESP Acoustic Guitar Scholarship Winner at Musicians Institute: Manny Rojas

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Manny Rojas

The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute are pleased to announce that Manny Rojas is the recipient of the fall 2013 ESP Acoustic Guitar Scholarship. The LA native comes to MI’s Guitar Program already possessing guitar skills that span multiple genres of Rock, from Classic Rock to Country Rock while looking expand into Jazz, Funk and all the other styles he’s certain to encounter at MI.

Manny notes that “MI offers great education from great educators, I hope to meet them and to learn as much from them as possible. I want to focus on practical music theory and advanced theory, Jazz classes, music business, meeting other students and how to get work”.  He also comes to MI to fulfill his ultimate goal of becoming “a professional songwriter for artists, and for film. I’ve always loved working in a studio environment and I’m willing to do the hard work to get me there. Every performance will be an opportunity, every experience will be a learned lesson, every project will grow a benefit and a friendship, I look forward to it all”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Manny 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 Manny with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

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

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