High School Kids: Free Music Master Lessons

If you’re a high school musician with dreams of greatness but not a lot of dough,  here’s your chance. East End Arts in Riverhead is now accepting student applications for full scholarships for the 2017 Music Masters Mentorship Program with Bakithi Kumalo, who just happens to be the bassist for Paul Simon. He’s also played with: Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte and Cyndi Lauper, among others.

The intensive six-week ensemble workshop is for kids ages 14 through 18 and will be held from January 3, 2017 through early February. To apply, serious high school student musicians studying bass, keyboard, drums, guitar, sax or trumpet must submit an online application including a recorded performance sample. The deadline to submit applications  is December 4.

Ensemble workshop rehearsals will be held evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. at the East End Arts School Carriage House in Riverhead on the following dates: Tuesday, January 3; Monday, January 9; Tuesday, January 17; Monday, January 23; Monday, January 30; Monday, February 6. A finale performance will be held in early February at a Riverhead-area location.

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