Month: October 2014

THE FRANK GAMBALE GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED!

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The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music are proud to announce the first-ever Frank Gambale Guitar Scholarship at MI.

The Frank Gambale Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute was jointly created to honor the trendsetting artistic career of MI Guitar Program alumnus (GIT class of 1983) and guitar virtuoso: Frank Gambale. The scholarship is made possible by the generous support of MI’s Alumni and Carvin Guitars to provide opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education, and realize their own creative vision.

The $1,500 scholarship (tuition credit) and new Carvin FG1 signature model guitar will be awarded in Spring 2015 to a newly enrolling student (US or non-US citizens) in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, and advanced ability in the Fusion and/or Jazz genres.

  • The deadline to apply for the scholarship is February 27, 2015.
  • Please click here for detailed scholarship information and application.

To learn more about the extraordinary career of Frank Gambale click here.

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Fall 2014 Bachelor of Music Composition Scholarship Winner: Renhui Goh

 

Renhui (Renny) Goh with Rachel Yoon (Bachelor's Program Dean)

Renhui (Renny) Goh with Rachel Yoon (Bachelor’s Program Dean)

The winner of the fall 2014 Bachelor of Music Composition Scholarship is classically trained, Singapore native Renhui (Renny) Goh who comes to Musicians Institute armed with many years of experience both as a composer and performer in a fusion of pop, folk, electronic, acoustic and classical genres.

Upon learning about her award, (for her submission of two original compositions) Renny explains that she chose to study at MI because of  “meeting like-minded peers and being in a positive learning environment, and MI’s detailed curriculum for my course.  I know that the instructors are professionals who are in the industry, and that is always important because as musicians we want to be at the forefront of change.”  

While at MI, she will focus on learning “everything I can possibly absorb!  I’m really looking forward to learning from the curriculum and from my peers. Everyone is coming in with different musical backgrounds, strengths and perspectives, it will be a beautiful experience to be in such close proximity to such passionate individuals”.

She adds “my goals as a singer-songwriter are to eventually produce my own songs or album, and be able to fully understand the musical direction I want to head towards. As a composer, I would aspire to be as versatile as possible, develop a sound of my own and be able to offer this edge to clients and peers alike”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Renhui 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 Gilt City Los Angeles, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Renhui with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

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FALL 2014 MELODIC SOLOING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Clint (CJ) Walker

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Clint (CJ) Walker

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Clint (CJ) Walker

Musicians Institute and the Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Clint (CJ) Walker is the recipient of the fall 2014 Melodic Soloing Scholarship.  Clint comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Kansas City, MO in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in blues.

While studying at MI, he plans to focus on “learning more about my instrument in addition to some things I already know (but just need better explained) so all the pieces fit together.”

When asked about his future aspirations he adds, “my dreams are to be my own front man, have a band, travel and perform.  I’d also like to do studio records, recording with other artists and doing live shows with various artists. I’d like to be an inspiration for everyone to believe in what they do, even if they think that it’s simply impossible.”

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

Special thanks to an anonymous MI Guitar Program alumnus (GIT class of 1980) for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Clint with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the MI Alumni Community click HERE

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FALL 2014 MI 35TH ANNIVERSARY GUITAR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Seonjoo Lee

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Seonjoo Lee

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Seonjoo Lee

The winner of the fall 2014 MI 35th Anniversary Guitar Scholarship is Seonjoo Lee.  The South Korean native comes to Musicians Institute specializing in blues and pop guitar styles.

Upon learning about her award, Seonjoo explained that she chose to study at MI because “I think MI is a good school to fulfill and to help make my dreams come true. MI provides what  musicians really need.”  She adds “the school has a lot of connections in the record, radio and broadcast industries.  MI students also have opportunities to apply for internships and gain real world experience in the music business thru MI’s classes, career development programs and auditions.”

While at MI, she will focus on “learning about songwriting, how to communicate with other musicians (as well as companies) and gain fuller understanding of the music business.” 

Everyone at MI congratulates Seonjoo 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 MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Seonjoo with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 

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FALL 2014 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR CRAFT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Benjamin A. Collenberg

Benjamin A. Collenberg with Paul Roberts (Guitar Craft Academy Program Chair)

Benjamin A. Collenberg with Paul Roberts (Guitar Craft Academy Program Chair)

The winner of the fall 2014 Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Academy Scholarship is Benjamin A. Collenberg.  The Anaheim Hills, CA native explains that he decide to study at MI’s Guitar Craft Academy  because “I have been interested in building and repairing guitars for the last 5 years.” He also adds “I chose MI because it’s a great, well rounded school, and the staff is amazing.”

While at Musicians Institute, Benjamin intends to “learn how to fully build and repair guitars and basses along with business management and guitar performance.” His long term goals are “to own my own guitar and bass company, also to be able to have a steady focused base of knowledge in business.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Benjamin 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 very special industry partner, Seymour Duncan for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Benjamin with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.  The scholarship was created thru the generous support of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals to honor innovative guitar legend Seymour Duncan.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan products click here

 

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FALL 2014 ESP BASS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Victor Kusaka

Victor Kusaka with Maurice Verloop (Bass Program Chair)

Victor Kusaka with Maurice Verloop (Bass Program Chair)

Congratulations to fall 2014 ESP Bass Scholarship winner Victor Kusaka who comes to Musicians Institute from Vacaville, CA as a versatile instrumental, metal and punk rock bass player.

Asked why he chose to study in the Bass Program at MI, Victor states: “I chose MI because it’s not a traditional college. It’s very modern and has tons of great resources. I love the fact that it’s right on Hollywood Blvd, where the heart of the music industry is.”  While at MI, he will focus on “studying bass performance obviously, and I also want to study music business.”

He adds that his career goals and musical aspirations involve “touring and the music business, I would love to perform in a touring band or become some sort of band/tour manager.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Victor 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 Victor 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 2014 ESP GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: Devin Mysyk

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Devin Mysyk

Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Devin Mysyk

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that Devin Mysyk is the recipient of the fall 2014  ESP Guitar Scholarship. Devin comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Manteno, Illinois already in possession of solid 80’s hair metal and “speed playing” guitar skills.

Devin chose to study at MI because “it offers a variety of programs and classes as well as the experience and industry connections I’ll acquire both in the school and LA.”  While at MI, he plans to  “learn everything there is to music theory and expand my arsenal for unique and simple musical situations.”

He also shared his future aspirations, which include: “my main goal is to be as good as anyone can possibly be at the guitar. I would also like to be in a very successful band one day.”

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

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

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FALL 2014 RYDER BUCK MEMORIAL INDEPENDENT ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: CALVIN WINBUSH

Calvin Winbush with Lisa Harriton (Independent Artist Program Chair)

Calvin Winbush with Lisa Harriton (Independent Artist Program Chair)

The winner of the fall 2014 Ryder Buck Memorial Independent Artist Scholarship at Musicians Institute is Detroit, Michigan native Calvin Winbush.

Calvin started his musical studies in the first grade on saxophone, then progressing on to piano, guitar, drums and bass.   He describes the music he currently performs as “a blend of Hip Hop and R&B with elements of Alternative and Folk.”

Upon learning about his scholarship award, Calvin explained that he chose to study at MI because “Sharon Aguilar (former MI Guitar Program student and member of Cee Lo Green’s band) suggested it to me and because I was jealous of all the kids walking around with guitar cases in Hollywood!   He adds “MI has the most comprehensive curriculum compared to your competitors in the Los Angeles area.”

While at MI he will focus on “learning to play lead guitar extremely well, as well as honing all of my skills to become an international performing artist.”  Calvin’s future dreams and aspirations are to “ become an undeniably incredible performer and songwriter who helps direct the music industry to new levels of greatness.”

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

 

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FALL 2014 W. CRANE GUY VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Gogolowski

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Gogolowski with Debra Byrd (Vocal Program Chair)

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Gogolowski with Debra Byrd (Vocal Program Chair)

The Vocal Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Elizabeth (Lizzy) Gogolowski as the winner of the W. Crane Guy Memorial Vocal Scholarship for fall 2014.  In winning this prestigious award, the Anchorage, Alaska native (who comes to MI having sung “since the age of 3 with my first solo at age 4″) demonstrated overall outstanding musicianship, strong vocal skills and the potential for developing her own unique voice.  She describes her musical interest and expertise as being “best at pop, but I enjoy singing more pop-rock.”

Asked why she chose to study in the Vocal Program at MI,  Lizzy states “I knew I wanted to pursue my true passion and that’s why I applied to MI.  My vocal coach has always said good things about it, and I know a graduate that said the teachers are amazing and I would fit right in at this school.”

She also shared that while at MI, she will focus on “learning music theory, how to write and accompany myself, make connections and gain the knowledge of how to make it successfully in the music industry.”

She adds “my dream is to become a successful independent artist that makes top selling records. My goal is to do everything possible to challenge myself in making my dream possible. I want the opportunity to work in the industry and learn every aspect of what it takes.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Lizzy on winning this prestigious award that honors the memory and multiple talents of Musicians Institute alumnus W. Crane Guy (class of 2010); and supports the education of a talented vocal student.

Special heartfelt thanks to the family of W. Crane Guy for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which will help to provide students like Lizzy with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2014 HARD ROCK CAFE/HARD ROCK DRUM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Truman Berlin

Truman Berlin with Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

Truman Berlin with Stewart Jean (Drum Program Chair)

The first-ever Hard Rock Cafe/Hard Rock Drum Scholarship has been awarded to newly enrolling MI Drum Program student: Truman Berlin.   

The Pleasant Hill, CA native describes his reasons for coming to MI as: “I chose to study at MI because of its history of success and proximity to the heart of the industry.”  While at MI, he will focus on gaining “a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the drums as well as how to navigate the industry and find work.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals of being able to “become a live and/or studio musician and to work with artists I enjoy or respect. ”

Everyone at MI welcomes Truman to the Drum Program at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Truman with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the great philanthropic work of the Hard Rock click HERE.

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