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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FALL 2016 PRESIDENT’S AWARD VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Anna Eglash

Anna Eglash with Vocal Program Chair Debra Byrd

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The inaugural President’s Award Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Anna Eglash.  She comes to MI by way of Washington state, having earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her R&B and Jazz musical skills.

Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Anna states, “I hope to strengthen all of my technical abilities, such as sight reading, knowing the key of a song, and my performance skills.”

She sees her education as an important pathway to achieving her career goals of being able to “have a Grammy by 23 years old.  I want to be able to do what I love for a living!

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

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FALL 2016 SCHECTER JERRY HORTON GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Sinan Yildiz

(l.) Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Sinan Yildiz (rt.)

(l.) Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen with Sinan Yildiz (rt.)

The Fall 2016 Schecter Jerry Horton Guitar Scholarship, named in honor of the Papa Roach guitarist; has been awarded to Sinan Yildiz.  

Sinan comes to Musicians Institute from Istanbul, Turkey and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program with several years of guitar playing experience in rock and blues genres.

While attending MI, he will specifically focus on gaining the skills needed to “learn how to navigate between different styles, and implement this knowledge into building my own style and sound”.   He added, “I chose to study at MI because it is the school that focuses on students objectives. For me personally, MI is a place where I can put my whole energy into developing my musical knowledge.”

Sinan described his long term career goals as “I want to compose for films, make my own records and play with artists who represent different styles. My dream as an innovator is to add some Eastern music flavor to rock and blues.

Everyone at MI congratulates Sinan on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

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

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FALL 2016 D’ADDARIO GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Brett Daniels

Guitar Program Director, Stig Mathisen (l.) with Brett Daniels (rt.)

Guitar Program Director, Stig Mathisen (l.) with Brett Daniels (rt.)

Talented guitarist Brett Daniels has been named as winner of the fall 2016 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship.  Coming to Musicians Institute from Reno, Nevada, Brett brings an versatile array of playing skills and experiences in the progressive metal genre.

He decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program in order to “gain the most musical knowledge that I possibly can to improve on my own playing and writing.”

He sees these skills as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “be a composer for films and games, while also getting a good group of musicians from my school together to work with.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Brett to the Guitar Program at MI, 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 Brett with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the full line of D’Addario Products click here: http://www.daddario.com

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FALL 2016 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK HOLLYWOOD VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Emma Negrete

Emma Negrete (l.) with Vocal Program Chair, Debra Byrd

Emma Negrete (l.) with Vocal Program Chair, Debra Byrd

The first-ever Universal Citywalk Hollywood Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Emma Negrete.  The Des Moines, Iowa native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her Soul/R&B musical skills.

Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Emma states, “the thing I want to learn from MI is how to fuse my sound with a pop sound. I look forward to learning how to be a better songwriter and become fluent with Logic/Protools.  The reason I chose MI is because I am in love with the idea of a place that helps you develop yourself as an artist.”

She sees her education as an important key to achieving her career goals of being able to “win a Grammy and climb the Pop/R&B Charts.”

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

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

To learn more about Universal Citywalk Hollywood, click here.

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FALL 2016 MELODIC SOLOING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Shubham Chaudhary

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Shubham Chaudhary (rt.)

Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Shubham Chaudhary (rt.)

Musicians Institute and the Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Shubham Chaudhary is the recipient of the fall 2016 Melodic Soloing Scholarship.  

Shubham comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Delhi, India with ten years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in progressive metal and ambient music styles.

While studying at MI, he plans to focus on “learning a lot of new ways to perceive the instrument that is guitar, and to enhance my skill set as a guitarist.”

When asked why he chose to study at MI he added “I chose MI because it’s known to be one of the best guitar schools in the world and a lot of my favorite musicians have graduated from MI.”

His professional goals and aspirations include “becoming a better musician, to be able to collaborate with other musicians, make a band that I can tour with and make music that can be appreciated. That’s pretty much I what I want to do for the rest of my life; to grow into a sound musician and make music a living.”

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

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FALL 2016 W. CRANE GUY MEMORIAL VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Michael Woodard

Michael Woodard with Vocal Program Chair Debra Byrd

Michael Woodard with Vocal Program Chair Debra Byrd

The Vocal Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Michael Woodard as the winner of the W. Crane Guy Memorial Vocal Scholarship for fall 2016.  In winning this prestigious award, the Philadelphia native demonstrated overall outstanding musicianship, strong vocal skills and the potential for developing his own unique voice.  He describes his musical interest as being in the “Pop, Gospel, and R&B genres.”

Asked why he chose to study in the Vocal Program at MI,  Michael states “while studying at MI I know I will learn how to be the best singer, performer, and all around artist I can be. Very seldom you will find a school that can teach you and mold you into a pro in your desired profession. For me, Musicians Institute is that school. I know I will learn every crucial thing I need to know in order to be successful in my career”.

Regarding his future aspirations, he adds “my dreams are normally viewed as big but I know that there is no dream too big or too small.  I want to be huge, and very successful in the music industry with my singing.  I want my music to heal nations one day, and a legacy that says “Michael J. Woodard’s music, influence, and voice left no soul untouched.”

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

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FALL 2016 HOSA TECHNOLOGY AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Gustavo Sanchez

Left to Rt.: Hoyt Binder (Host Technology), Gustavo Sanchez, Audio Engineering Program Chair Jonathan Newkirk

Left to Rt.: Hoyt Binder (Hosa Tech Sales Manager), Gustavo Sanchez, Audio Engineering Program Chair Jonathan Newkirk

The Audio Engineering Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Gustavo Sanchez as the winner of the fourth annual Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship at MI.  In winning this award, the Norwalk, CA native convincingly and clearly articulated his career goals in his scholarship essay submission.  He comes to MI with experience as a working DJ, and an interest in learning to engineer in the Hip Hop/ R&B genres.

Asked why he chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI, Gustavo states “what I hope to learn at MI is everything I need to know once I get in the studio and ready to work. I chose MI because it not only provides all the correct tools and equipment, it is based in the music capital of the world, Hollywood.

Regarding his future career goals and aspirations, Gustavo added, “my dream is to become an inspiration to kids growing up and be someone no one in my family has ever been.”

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

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

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FALL 2016 EVANS DRUM SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Sage Weeber

(l.) Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean with Sage Weeber (rt.)

(l.) Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean with Sage Weeber (rt.)

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Sage Weeber, from Moline, Illinois has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2016.

The Alternative/Ska/Funk drummer has been a touring and working drummer for the past 6 years.  Sage will focus on “learning how to better my skills, and also expanding my knowledge about technique, the drums themselves, and how to apply drum skills to real-life situations” during his studies at MI.

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Sage acknowledged that he chose to study at MI “because of the reputation, the list of teachers, and the knowledge that previous students have gained after graduating.” 

He described his future professional goals as follows: “My dream and goal as a drummer is to be able to reach the widest audience possible using my skills and knowledge that I gain from MI.  Additionally, I’ll strive to be able to work with the best artists in the business and to create timeless pieces of music alongside them.

Everyone at MI congratulates Sage on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

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

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

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