Student Scholarship Awards

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! #1 – Bianca Richardson

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES!

This is the first in our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners.

2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship winner: Bianca Richardson has performed with XYLØ, Artur Menezes, Marcus Miller, BNBGROOVES. Bianca lives in Los Angeles & is a busy working session/freelance drummer.

#raiseyourmusic Вianca Richardson – B.richdrumz

Stanley Clarke, Bianca Richardson, Bunny Brunel Frank Gambale in 2014

 

 

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Spring 2019 Melodic Soloing Guitar Scholarship Winner: Geon Park

Geon Park

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Geon Park is the recipient of the Spring 2019 Melodic Soloing Guitar Scholarship.

Geon comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Korea with 11 years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills in multiple styles with a specialization in Fusion Rock, Alternative Rock and Ambient genres.

When asked why he chose to study at MI, Geon added “I’m self taught, so I wanted to immerse myself in a systematic study of Harmony and Theory. Most of all, I like the freedom to study many genres and musical styles at Musicians Institute.”

He describes his professional goals and aspirations as follows: “I want to be a successful, famous international guitarist.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Geon 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 Geon 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 and HERE

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Spring 2019 President’s Award Vocal Scholarship Winner: Feiyang Ge

Brian Williams (MI Vocal Faculty) with Feiyang Ge

The 2019 President’s Award Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to current Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Feiyang Ge.  She comes to MI by way of China, having earned the prestigious award with over ten years of singing experience and a strong demonstration of her musical skills and specialization in singing pop songs and ballads.

Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Feiyang states, “I first learned about MI from a really great friend of mine, who is a student from MI.   I began to research about the school, became fascinated by MI’s great musical environment and great teachers. The students are all actively involved in music together!

She sees her education as an important pathway to achieving her career goals of “being a great artist after I graduate from MI.  I want to be an independent musician and set up my own music studio. I will create my own unique music and expand the possibilities of the music industry through my own voice and music and let the world be filled with love. I want my fans to be loyal to my music (rather than focus on appearances and packaging of music).”

She shared her feelings about winning the scholarship as follows, “I didn’t think that I could win this scholarship, this is such a surprise to me!  I’m really grateful to win this scholarship, which gives me more confidence in my own voice and my performance abilities.  I will definitely work harder while studying at MI to achieve my goals.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Feiyang on winning this prestigious award.

Special thanks to MI’s longtime owner Histake Shibuya for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Feiyang with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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2019 Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship Winner: Chase Carpenter

Chase Carpenter with his new Takamine guitar

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that current MI student Chase Carpenter is the recipient of the Spring 2019 Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship.  Chase comes to MI’s Guitar Program from McHenry, Illinois with several years of acoustic and electric guitar experience, in multiple genres including rock, classical guitar, country and rock/metal.

Chase shared what has impacted him the most during his MI Guitar Program studies has been “gaining a greater understanding of complex music theory and being able to apply it to my music: key changes, modal interchange; charts. This understanding has changed me by allowing me to be more melodic and more creative in my playing/composing and has given me great inspiration. Being surrounded daily by teachers who encourage and provide what is needed to advance in the music industry has also been life changing.”

Chase sees his MI education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “encompass all aspects of the music industry; to become a high quality performer as a lead guitarist with range and expertise for longevity, to develop a performing persona and to play with a wide range of other performers. I also want to develop backup vocals, knowledge of recording, to manage the business of rights and agreements and to develop/manage my own band.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Chase on winning this prestigious scholarship award, as he continues his studies at MI!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP and Takamine Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Chase with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

Be sure to visit Takamine Guitars  to learn more their full line of guitar products, and their exciting partnership with ESP Electric Guitars.

 

 

 

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2019 ESP ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP Winner: Andy Ferreira

Andy Ferreira w/his new ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Guitar

Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that current MI student Andy Ferreira is the recipient of the Spring 2019  ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship.  Andy comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  and brings a versatile array of playing skills with 20 years of guitar playing experience in the pop, blues, rock and jazz genres.

Andy shared a bit with us about his experience as a student at MI, “The most impactful experiences that I’ve had at MI involve being around teachers of the highest level I’ve seen in my life and also being able to delve into the best formatted curriculums I’ve ever come across. Add that to an environment of complete musical immersion along with great technological ease and you have the ultimate learning experience. Couldn’t be happier, this place is better than Disneyland!!”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “be recognized as an artistic voice, capable of embodying my own style in everything I do.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Andy on winning this prestigious scholarship award as he continues his studies at MI!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Andy with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

Be sure to visit ESP Electric Guitars, and their industry partner: Takamine Guitars  to learn more their full line of guitar products.

Everyone at MI congratulates Andy on winning this very prestigious award!

 

 

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D’ADDARIO & MI Scholarship – Empowering women in the music industry!

To apply for the scholarship: click HERE

 

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Congratulations to Musicians Institute Library Scholarship Winner: Robert Charles Carpenter

Robert Charles Carpenter with MI Librarian Julie Bill

The 2019 Musicians Institute Library Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Guitar Program student, and current MI Library student employee: Robert Charles Carpenter.  

He comes to MI by way of McHenry Illinois, (about an hour northwest of Chicago), having earned the prestigious award with a demonstration of his outstanding knowledge of library services and resources, and his essay discussing the importance of academic libraries and information literacy to students and the music industry at large.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Robert states, “I chose to study at MI because it’s the best choice for music education. The location and connection to the music industry puts it at the top of the list for all musicians. After touring the school and meeting the amazing staff I didn’t look anywhere else. I knew MI was the place for me to build the skills needed to succeed as a musician.”

Soon to be finishing his AA degree at MI next quarter and progressing into MI’s Bachelor of Music program,  Robert shared a bit about his MI experience to date: “I’ve already learned so much from attending MI these past 5 quarters. I hope to continue to expand my knowledge not only on the guitar, but in all aspects of the music industry.

He added: “My education here at MI has been an important bridge in developing into a quality performer, as well as building relationships with fellow musicians. I play in an alternative blues/rock band called Green currently which I love! I was able to make the connection to the band through meeting a fellow musician here at MI. I also enjoy playing/performing modern country, pop, funk, rock, and all genres.

I hope to continue my path in developing the technical skills required for longevity as a guitarist, develop vocal experience, as well as gain more knowledge in recording and business management.”

Robert sees his education as an important pathway to achieving his long term career goals of being able to “make a living out of something I have so much passion for and to inspire others along the way. Thanks to the Musicians Institute I have been able to move closer to accomplishing these goals each day. With hard work and dedication, I will continue to work on developing more advance techniques, build a greater understanding of theory, and dive deeper into ways in which I can use the power of music to enhance the world around me.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Robert on winning this prestigious award!

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Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Event Video

Please enjoy!

Direct link: https://youtu.be/OC1p6Z7x98c

Congrats to all five winners of the 15th Annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert, @Live House Hollywood, Feb. 23, 2019! $24,000 in scholarships was awarded to five very talented Musicians Institute students.

Original source audio compromised, could not be improved.

MENU:
Judges perform four songs
Finalists perform starting at: 40:25
Winners Announced: 1.51.:30
Grand Finale starting at 2:00:00

*Co-Winners: Roman Collins, SirDwight Tashibish
*Co-Runners-up: Pedro Asfora, Chase Carpenter, Jahkari Dunham

*Performers and Judges: Natasha Agrama, Bunny Brunel, David Campbell, Oskar Cartaya, Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland, Sheila E., Pauline Frechette, Frank Gambale, Richie Garcia, Aleena Gibson, Salar Nadar, Jimmy Paxson, Greg Phillinganes, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Tierney Sutton, Arturo Webb.

*Producer: Beth Marlis (VP, Musicians Institute, Ex. Director The Musicians Foundation)

Note: Some speeches, intros, award presentation, several video clips of past winners and the commemorative slideshow from the event were removed for efficiency of this final video.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals!!!!

Congrats to all five winners of the 15th Annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert, held at Live House Hollywood on Feb. 23, 2019!  We’re thrilled to award $24,000 in scholarships to these very talented and impressive Musicians Institute students!

Every one of them inspired the capacity crowd, and wow-ed the “A-list” music industry judges.

Here’s a selection of photos of each of the five finalists and the overall event! (courtesy of Toshi Sakurai)

Co-Winner: Roman Collins

Co-Winner: Roman Collins – Finale

Co-Winner: SirDwight Tashibish

Co-Winner: SirDwight Tashibish – Finale

Co-Runner-up: Pedro Asfora

Co-Runner-up: Pedro Asfora

Co-Runner-up: Jakhari Durham

Co-Runner-up: Jakhari Durham

Co-Runner-up: Chase Carpenter

Co-Runner-up: Chase Carpenter

The Five Finalists w/Beth Marlis (MI Vice President & Event Producer)

The Three Co-Runners-up w/Stanley Clarke

Judges: Salar Nadar, Aleena Gibson, Frank Gambale, Histake Shibuya (owner of MI), Tierney Sutton, Beth Marlis, Richie Garcia, Stanley Clarke, Greg Phillinganes, Sheila E., Oskar Cartaya, Bunny Brunel

The Legendary Stanley Clarke

Stanley, Oskar, Sheila, Arturo Webb

Frank, Richie, Oskar, Stanley, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Bunny

Stanley and Sheila

Salar and Stanley

Stanley and Tierney

Stanley and Frank

Stanley Clarke, winner of the 2019 Musicians Institute Legacy Award

 

Co-sponsor of the 2019 Stanley Clarke Scholarship

Co-sponsor of the 2019 Stanley Clarke Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY NATIONAL BANK MUSIC BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Tyler Burgess

Tyler Burgess with MI Music Business Chair Stacy Turner

The Fall 2018 City National Bank Music Business Scholarship has been awarded to currently enrolled Musicians Institute Music Business Program student: Tyler Burgess.  The Murrieta/Temecula, CA native earned the prestigious award with a strong articulation of his professional goals and demonstration of outstanding dedication to achieving a position in the music industry.

Describing his reasons for coming to Musicians Institute, Tyler states, “I have always heard amazing things about MI and it has more than exceeded my expectations. The people we (as students) work with and get connected with never cease to blow my mind.  When I first visited MI (with some initial apprehension), I ultimately fell in love with the staff, the facilities and the opportunities I saw. I couldn’t turn it down and I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve progressed more in the past year at MI than I ever had in the 14 years leading up to my first quarter. I’ve been able to tour the states multiple times, record with Grammy Award winning producers, land endorsement deals and collect a long list of life-long friends that I now call family. As they say, “The program works if you work the program” and there’s not a more accurate phrase that I could use to describe Musicians Institute.”

While at MI, Tyler will continue his focus on “I initially started in MI’s guitar program but switched over to the music business program as I quickly realized the life-changing importance of understanding contracts and marketing. That’s what I intend on learning/expanding my knowledge on here at MI.”

He added, “I think the Music Business Program really puts the cherry on top of Musicians Institute. The wide variety of instructors here at MI are always willing to help you get plugged in and they all want to see you succeed. When a student succeeds, the instructors succeed, thus making MI a successful and thriving institution. We’re a team here and it’s a healthy family. Nobody “makes it” on their own.’

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals.  Tyler described his future dreams and professional aspirations as follows:  “No matter where my musical journey takes me, I will continue to reach out and go to great lengths to allow music to do what it does best. Heal the heart, heal the mind and bring joy to anyone willing to listen. I have been in touch with local hospitals and local convalescent homes and will continue to work my way into the lives of those who need to hear the power of music.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Tyler on winning this prestigious award.

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

To learn more about City National Bank, and the ways in which they support the entertainment industry click HERE