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CALLING ALL LONG ISLAND STUDENT MUSICIANS & VOCALISTS: Music Masters Mentorship Program – Deadline Extended to: Dec. 18 (posted December 6, 2016)

CALLING ALL LONG ISLAND STUDENT MUSICIANS & VOCALISTS: Music Masters Mentorship Program – Deadline Extended to: Dec. 18 (posted December 6, 2016)

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Music Masters Mentorship Program
Learn from Professional International Musician
BAKITHI KUMALO, Bassist for Paul Simon

Intensive Full-Scholarship, Six-Week Program for Teen Musicians, Winter 2017
East End Arts Accepting Applications – Deadline Extended to: Dec. 18

(RIVERHEAD, NY, December 6, 2016) – East End Arts announces that the student application is now open to vocalists in addition to musicians, and the deadline has been extended for the 2017 Music Masters Mentorship Program, an intensive, full scholarship, six-week ensemble workshop opportunity which will be led and mentored by professional musician Bakithi Kumalo, bassist for Paul Simon. The program will take place from January 3 through February 11, 2017. To apply, high school student musicians and vocalists must submit an online application including an audio or video performance sample.

The deadline to submit applications has been extended Sunday, December 18, 2016.
Application and all program information is available at:

Long Island high school student musicians and vocalists (ages 14 through 18) with a passion for music are encouraged to apply for this rigorous workshop opportunity for those studying bass, keyboard, drums, guitar, sax, trumpet, and/or voice. Ensemble workshop rehearsals will be held evenings from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM 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 on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 76 Main St, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 (student call time will be 4:00 PM). There are no fees for participation in the Music Masters Mentorship Program. Of all applications received, a select few will be chosen to participate in the ensemble based upon their performance skills. Program mentor, professional musician Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. The selected students will have the incredible opportunity to work under the tutelage of this professional, and will be given training in professional rehearsal and performance skills. This full scholarship, tuition-free mentorship program allows select students to participate in an ensemble of talent, under the guidance of a music industry professional.

Application submissions are now being accepted online by the East End Arts School, and must be received by the extended deadline of Sunday, December 18, 2016 to be considered for this program. Recording quality of performance sample will not be judged. For application and complete details, visit

More Information about Bakithi Kumalo, 2017 Music Masters Mentor
Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. He has been active as well as a solo artist, with four albums to his credit – 1998’s San’Bonan, 2000’s In Front of My Eyes, 2008’s Transmigration, and 2011’s Change – as well as three award-winning children’s albums recorded with his wife, vocalist Robbi Kumalo. Kumalo’s bass-playing history began in Soweto where he grew up surrounded by music. “I picked up the bass early and realized I could follow the groove of a tune with it. I could play the bass lines from a cappella music, and I learned how to develop lines based on the left-hand work of accordion players in the township bands.” For more information about the mentor, please visit http://www.eastendarts.org/school/music-masters.html#bakithi-bio.

International musician Bakithi Kumalo will be East End Arts artist-in-residence during Winter 2017. In addition to the Music Masters Mentorship program taking place during Bakithi's residency, East End Arts will be offering a musicians' workshop for adult musicians and a film screening of Under African Skies documentary, which chronicles Paul Simon's return to South Africa to explore the journey of his Grammy Award-winning Graceland album, which Bakithi is featured in. More information about these programs can be found at

More about the Music Masters Mentorship Program
The Music Masters Mentorship Program was created with the goal of providing local students with one-on-one learning opportunities with masters in the music field, and to encourage student pursuit of post-graduate education. By creating this exciting and enriching program for the students, East End Arts is the catalyst for an expanded sense of opportunity and possibility throughout the academic year. The mentorship program is mentored by a master performer and composer in rock music, jazz, world music or classical music, who works with a small group of talented high school students. Participating students are selected based on auditions. The pilot program, which took place during the spring of 2011, was mentored by Corky Laing, drummer and songwriter from Mountain, and West, Bruce & Laing; the second program, held during Spring 2012 was mentored by singer/songwriter Lauren Kinhan of New York Voices and JaLaLa; the Fall 2013 program was a string ensemble led by professional cellist and conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes; the Fall 2014 was a jazz ensemble led by professional guitarist Steve Salerno; and the most recent program, held in Fall 2015 was a vocal ensemble led by professional vocalist Anastasia René with piano accompanist Mark Mancini.

For more information about the Music Masters Mentorship Program, contact East End Arts Education Director Diane Giardi at 631-369-2171 or dgiardi@eastendarts.org.
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.