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 world. MI 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.
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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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/