The winner of the inaugural Ryder Buck Memorial Independent Artist Scholarship is talented singer-songwriter Sarstan Noice, who comes to Musicians Institute from Kalidpell, Montana, having written songs since the age of 13, and has recorded, orchestrated and arranged her own original material from the age of 16.
Sarstan describes her music as “singer-songwriter, ethereal, blues, jazz, and hip hop influenced, experimental pop”. Her future dreams and aspirations are to “record countless albums in my own studio, tour the word and spread the light, collaborate with other artists and musicians in a wide array of styles. I want to promote my visual art through the music via merchandise and art installations for live performance while creating awareness and raising funds for organizations I believe in”.
Upon learning about her award, Sarstan explained that she chose to study at MI because “of it’s focus on performance, and because LA is an epicenter for art music and culture in general”. While at MI she will focus on “increasing my skills as a performer, producer and writer and gain a business-savvy perspective on my art, and career”.
Everyone at MI congratulates Sarstan on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.
Special thanks to the family and friends of Ryder Buck for generously sponsoring this scholarship (in honor of the memory and creative talents of MI student Ryder Buck), which helps to provide talented students like Sarstan with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.