Student Scholarship Awards

Spring 2017 MELODIC SOLOING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Eric (Wei-Hsiung) Shen

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Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Eric (Wei-Hsiung) Shen

Musicians Institute and the Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Eric (Wei-Hsiung) Shen is the recipient of the Spring 2017 Melodic Soloing Scholarship.  

Eric comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Taiwan with 9 years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in blues.

While studying at MI, he plans to focus on “learning all the knowledge that a top professional musician needs, and to learn from the best!
When asked why he chose to study at MI he added “because it is close to the music industry and there are so many students who are just outstanding players. I’ve seen many talented MI students on social media and I want to be surrounded by great musicians who share my passion for music.”

His professional goals and aspirations include “devoting myself to the world blues music scene, like all the pioneers.  Those top blues guitar players like Joe Bonamassa, Matt Schofield…etc. are revolutionaries.  My long term goal and aspiration is to become an awesome musician like my heroes.”

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

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Spring 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship Winner: Imnajungshi (Jungshi) Aier

Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop with Imnajungshi Aier

The 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Bass Program student: Imnajungshi Aier.  The Kohima, India native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his diverse musical skills in the Funk, Blues and Indie genres.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Jungshi states, “I heard about the school through a friend who also studied at MI and learned about it’s reputation and quality.  I chose to attend MI because I want to learn from the best instructors who can help me achieve my goals and guide me in the right direction.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goal of being able to “become a top bass player’.

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Jungshi 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 Jungshi with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

SPRING 2017 D’ADDARIO GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Luis Kalil Menezes

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Luis Kalil Menezes

Talented guitarist Luis Kalil Menezes has been named as winner of the Spring 2017 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship.  Coming to Musicians Institute from Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Luis brings an versatile array of playing skills and experiences in the metal genre.

Luis decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program in order to “learn things I’m not really into, like jazz, funk and other music genres.  I chose Musicians Institute because (besides the amazing team of instructors), getting to meet and network with people and having the experience to play with different musicians, from different places and influences is something unique.”

He sees these skills as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “become one of the greats and to be influential.  I want to tour, play shows, give clinics, keep raising my fan base and reaching out to people across the globe with my music.  I want to write, record and release more albums and of course, make a living in music throughout the years.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Luis to the Guitar Program and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Luis with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE Al Bruno Memorial Country Guitar Scholarship AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE: Bhargav Choudhury

 

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Chair of the Guitar Program, Stig Mathisen (l.) with Bhargav Choudhury (rt.)

Current MI Guitar Program student Bhargav Choudhury is the winner of the prestigious Al Bruno Memorial Country Guitar Scholarship  at Musicians Institute.

The versatile guitarist comes to MI by way of India having performed and studied guitar in a wide array of musical genres including: blues, rock, prog rock, metal and funk.

Bhargav explains that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “MI has the best guitar program in the world, excellent instructors, and great resources within the campus. I think the knowledge and experiences I will gain by studying at MI will make a me better guitar player and open new career opportunities”.

During his studies, he plans a continued focus on “learning different genres of music, so that I can incorporate in my own music and endeavor to raise my guitar skills to the next level. I also want to continue to gain live performance and real world music experience from MI.”.

After MI, Bhargav’s career aspirations are to “tour the world playing my own music and to be a good performer. I love to share my musical ideas with people, so I would love to be an instructor and to do session work in the music industry”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Bhargav on this achievement.   We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to the family and friends of Al Bruno who generously funded this scholarship to honor the exceptional talents and artistic career of the late Mr. Bruno, MI’s first Country guitar instructor. The scholarship provides talented students like Bhargav with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Announcing the Winner of the George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute: Renhui Goh

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Renhui Goh (l.) with Dean of the School of Performance Studies and Chair of the Keyboard Program, Rachel Yoon (rt.)

Keyboardist Renhui Goh is the winner of the prestigious George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.

The multi-talented Bachelor of Music student comes to MI by way of Singapore having performed, studied and composed on the piano in a wide array of musical genres including: classical, jazz, rock, soul and funk as well as being in possession of solid vocal skills.

Renhui explains that she chose to study at Musicians Institute because “MI has a really open environment that encourages creation and collaboration.  Also, if you set your heart out to do anything, the teachers in MI will be sure to help you achieve it. I came to this school knowing very little about jazz, and I would say (in all honesty) that my teachers here have set the very foundation of my playing and philosophy towards life and music. I am very grateful for them”.

During her studies, she plans a continued focus on “developing my musicality as both an instrumentalist, and composer/arranger”.

After MI, Renhui’s career aspirations are to “be a versatile musician who can play, compose and arrange; work and collaborate with musicians and creatives all over the world and produce good work that will impact people and the community in positive ways”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Renhui on this achievement.   We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI. Special thanks to Rich Buchanan and James Chesser on behalf of the Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation; who generously funded this scholarship to honor the exceptional talents and artistic career of the legendary George Duke. The scholarship provides 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 2016 PRESIDENT’S AWARD GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: George Kester

(l.) Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with George Kester (rt.)

(l.) Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with George Kester (rt.)

The inaugural President’s Award Guitar Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Guitar Program student: George Kester.  The Cape Girardeau, Missouri native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his specialized musical skills in the Metal genre.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, George states, “I hope to become a more versatile musician and focus my journey to mastering the guitar.  I chose MI because of the location and the opportunity to connect and meet with all different kinds of people and musicians.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals of being able to “I want be a touring artist, but my primary goal is to make a living playing music.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate George 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 George with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2016 BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Ben Levin

Ben Levin with Rachel Yoon, Dean of the Bachelor's Program

Ben Levin with Rachel Yoon, Dean of the Bachelor’s Program

Guitarist Ben Levin is the winner of the second annual Bachelor of Music in Composition Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Composition Program student comes to MI by way of Alma Ata, Kazakhstan (USSR) and Israel having performed and composed music in a wide array of genres including: Rock/Fusion, Pop, Blues/Country, Jazz, Classical, Experimental, and Electronic music. Ben has been composing, editing and recording music for the past 12 years.

Upon learning about his award, Ben explains that he chose to study at MI because “MI is the best and the most practical school in the Los Angeles area, and it’s where I can earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition.  I hope to bring honor and excellence to MI during my time here. 

During his studies, he plans to focus on “taking my composing, editing, arranging, mixing, mastering , and musical idea implementation skills to the next level. I hope to learn how to be a leader and a unique composer that writes music that stands out from the rest.”

After MI,  Ben’s career aspirations are to “compose music until the last day of my life. To be able to support myself financially with music, and write at least one composition that will change the world.  I also want to produce and release an album.”  He adds, “I want to work at the studio as a Studio Engineer, Producer, and Composer and to be involved at the music process on all levels.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Ben 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 Musicians Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Ben with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2016 PRESIDENT’S AWARD DRUM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Seongchang Jo

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Seongchang Jo with Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean

The inaugural President’s Award Drum Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Drum Program student: Seongchang Jo.  The Seoul, South Korea native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his specialized Latin and versatile, overall musical skills.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Seongchang states, “I want to learn more about Latin, Jazz, and difficult rudiments.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals and aspirations of  “I want to be a musician/artist that can heal people.  It is because music has always healed (not only) me; but so many people.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Seongchang 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 Seongchang with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2016 SEYMOUR DUNCAN BASS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Gilberto Jose Garcia

Gilberto Jose Garcia (l.) with Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop (rt.)

Gilberto Jose Garcia (l.) with Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop (rt.)

The winner of the Fall 2016 Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship is Gilberto Jose Garcia, who comes to Musicians Institute from Miami, Florida armed 14 years of playing experience, a serious dedication for the bass and a passion for groove-oriented Soul/Funk genres.

Gilberto explains that he chose to study in the Bass Program at MI because “My friend, Alex Cora, went there and I was amazed how he transformed. I checked out the program and wanted to be a part of it.”  He added “I really feel like I’m missing something on my path to become a professional musician. I think MI will give me that skillset that I require.”

He describes his future goals as “to play bass for a living full-time. My DREAM is to help people with my music.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Gilberto 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 Gilberto 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.

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FALL 2016 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Landon Myres

(l.) Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Landon Myres (rt.)

(l.) Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Landon Myres (rt.)

The winner of the fall 2016 Seymour Duncan Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute is talented Little Rock, Arkansas native Landon Myres.  While proficient in several styles (fusion jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass), the metal guitar specialist explains that he chose to study in MI’s Guitar Program because “of its contemporary “hands on” approach to teaching and the amazing credentials and backgrounds of the teaching staff.  I also really like the diversity of musical genres that are taught at MI.”  

While at MI, he will focus on “learning more about music theory, improving my sight reading, and working on my performance skills.  I want to meet and network with like-minded musicians, learn more about the music industry, and pursue session work and teaching.”

Landon’s longterm goals and aspirations include: “my dream is to be a full time professional musician/guitarist.  My goal is to be a touring guitarist, session guitarist, teacher, and composer.  I hope that someday my music/guitar playing will inspire other people to play guitar and enjoy it like I do.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Landon 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 Landon 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.

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