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2022 N.W. DIBLE FOUNDATION SONGWRITING SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: HONGBIN XU

Hongbin Xu

The winner of the second annual N.W. Dible Foundation Songwriting Scholarship at Musicians Institute is the multi-talented Bachelor’s Degree student Hongbin Xu.

The current MI Bachelor of Music in Performance (Keyboard with an Audio Production Emphasis) is a lifelong musician and experienced session musician who comes to MI by way of China. Hongbin has been performing since childhood and has 8 years of songwriting experience.

Upon learning about his scholarship award, he shared “I really appreciate being chosen for this scholarship. It makes me feel good about what I’m doing and encourages me to keep on doing it.”

As he continues his studies, he plans to maintain his focus on “deepening my understanding of music, so that I can enjoy playing/writing more.” He added, “I’ve been studying at MI for over 4 years now and I’m still learning so much every day. MI has a lot of awesome professors who are passionate about teaching and I’m very grateful for that.”

After MI, Hongbin’s primary career aspirations are to: be able to gig, write songs, and produce for a living.”

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Hongbin on this achievement, and we look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to the N.W. Dible Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Hongbin with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

The N.W. Dible Foundation aims to promote and support communities, organizations, and individuals involved in literary and creative arts activities. Among its guiding principles are education, creative achievement, cultural diversity and inclusion. The Foundation also supports health and the environmental sciences

2021 N.W. DIBLE FOUNDATION SONGWRITING SCHOLARSHIP at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE WINNER: LINN HOLMSTEDT

N.W. Dible Foundation Songwriting Scholarship winner, Linn Holmstedt

The winner of the first-ever N.W. Dible Foundation Songwriting Scholarship at Musicians Institute is the multi-talented Bachelor’s Degree student Linn Holmstedt. 

A lifelong musician and experienced session musician who comes to MI by way of Sweden, Linn has had the opportunity to sing a variety of styles of music, with a preference for soul, blues and rock genres.

Upon learning about her award, Linn explained that she chose to study at MI because “I’ve wanted to study at MI since I was around 15 years old. I’ve known about the school for many years. I drew inspiration from having MI alumni as a part of my High school faculty and watching previous MI graduation keynote speakers/performances like Alice Cooper or Shelia E., I was so inspired by the school’s history and culture, I knew it was the one.”

During her studies, she plans to focus on “honing my skills and development as a singer and musician. With guidance from the amazing faculty, I feel I have the opportunity to develop the tools necessary to succeed as a singer, songwriter and artist.”

After MI, Linn’s primary career aspirations are to: make a living as a singer for the rest of my life, travel the world, and share the magic of music with people.  I want to keep writing music and maybe one day those songs could make someone’s day a little better, or make someone a little happier.”  She added, “I recently embarked on a new project alongside guitarist Marcus Lundqvist, a blues/soul band called Swedish Highcoast Ensemble. We are managed under Sparam Entertainment and are currently working on our debut EP. Together we write the music for the project and I am so excited to soon be sharing it with the world!”

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Linn on this achievement, and we look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to the N.W. Dible Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Linn with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

The N.W. Dible Foundation aims to promote and support communities, organizations, and individuals involved in literary and creative arts activities. Among its guiding principles are education, creative achievement, cultural diversity and inclusion. The Foundation also supports health and the environmental sciences

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