Congratulations to the 2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship Winners!

All photos credit to: Toshi Sakurai

Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke

Congratulations to all five finalists who performed on November 23rd for a large, enthusiastic crowd and several celebrity judges in the Musicians Institute Concert Hall for the prestigious 13th annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute!  When the final votes were tallied, the scholarship prize packages (a total of $24,000 in Musicians Institute tuition discounts and cash) were awarded to:

Top prize winners ($9,000 each in tuition discount and cash): Aliyar Kinik and Bianca Richardson

Aliyar Kinik
Aliyar Kinik
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Bianca Richardson

Sharing the prizes for the three runner-ups  ($2,000 each in tuition discount and cash): Mateus Asato, Jihye Byun and Andrea Silva Orozco.

Mateus Asato
Mateus Asato
Jihye Byun

Jihye Byun

Andrea Silva Orozco
Andrea Silva Orozco

Each scholarship finalist (all are current MI students) took the stage to perform two songs of their choice, and showed tremendous talent and passion playing a range of styles with each performer consistently impressing the audience and A-list judges alike (who characterized the best group of finalists as one of the best in recent memory).

Two musical geniuses share an aside before the show:

Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke
Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke

Celebrity judges for the evening included music legends: Al Jarreau, Frank Gamble, Paul Jackson Jr., Alphonse Mouzon, Bunny Brunel, Sunnie Paxon, Armand Sabel Lecco, Kennard Ramsey, Byron Miller, David Campbell, Raven Kane, Karl Vincent, and Rich Buccanon.

The Judges
The Judges tally the votes

The audience was also treated to a great short performance by some music heavyweights:

Stanley
Stanley Clarke
Paul Jackson Jr. and Frank Gambale
Paul Jackson Jr. and Frank Gambale
Sunnie Paxson
Sunnie Paxson
Alphonse Mouzon with Stanley
Alphonse Mouzon and Stanley Clarke
The band showed us all "how it's done"!
The band showed us all “how it’s done”!

It was time to call the winners to the stage:

Beth Marlis
Beth Marlis (MI & The MF) , event producer
Judges and finalists celebrate
Judges and finalists celebrate (Brunel, Ramsey, Paxon, Asato, Marlis, Clarke, Kinik, Silva Orozco, Byun, Richardson, Mouzon, Jackson Jr, Gambale, Miller)
Stanley Clarke, Bianca Richardson, Bunny Brunel Frank Gambale
Stanley Clarke, Bianca Richardson, Bunny Brunel, Frank Gambale
Stanley Clarke and Aliyar Kinik
Stanley Clarke and Aliyar Kinik

On behalf of Stanley Clarke and his wife Sofia (and their continued generous support for this scholarship and music education); everyone at Musicians Institute wants to congratulate the five finalists on their exceptional performances and to thank all of the families, friends and bandmates for their invaluable support.

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To make a tax-deductible contribution to support the Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation please visit http://stanleyclarke.org/

 

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To make a tax-deductible contribution to support student scholarships at Musicians Institute please visit our non-profit: www.themusiciansfoundation.org

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