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Music Masters Fellowship

East End Arts Music Masters Fellowship employs master performers and composers in rock music, jazz, world music and classical music to mentor small groups of talented high school students from across Long Island school districts. Through one-on-one learning opportunities with masters in the music field, the students are given training in rehearsal and performance skills, in addition to recording, marketing, composition and songwriting. They leave with life-long relationships and friendships, as well as portfolio materials to assist them in future endeavors, including their pursuit of post-graduate education.

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More Information about Anastasia René, professional vocalist
2015 Music Masters Mentor

Anastasia René began singing at age 12 when she began training with vocal coach, Jerry Bragin (coach to Steve & Edie and Dionne Warwick). After graduating from NYC’s prestigious Talent Unlimited High School program, she continued on in various choruses through college while earning a Bachelors degree in African and African American Music Performance.

After college she quickly secured her own weekly gig at the Village Gate, and was brought on to sing backing vocals for Buzzy Linhart while keeping busy working in myriad genres, recording and performing with local and regional rock, folk, R&B, reggae, jam and funk bands.

Her past and current credits as lead and backing vocalist include Vince Welnick (the Tubes, Grateful Dead), Charles Neville (Neville Brothers), New Orleans piano phenomenon Henry Butler, and Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band). All the while, she has kept her jazz chops honed with her own quartet which has toured Israel, Moscow and Siberia, and Scandinavia and which continues to perform internationally.  In 2012 she joined Italian Blues sensation Roberto Morbioli and Roomful of Blues onstage at the Luxembourg Blues Festival.

Her most recent recorded work includes Gwen Wahman's Certitude (Bahai’i texts set to music) on Mike Longo's CAP record label, reggae artist Bigga Haitian's Sak Pase, rock band El Camino’s Autobiotics, and Smooth Jazz artist Matt Marshak’s This Time Around, amongst others.

She cites such musical influences as Nina Simone, Chaka Khan, and Cassandra Wilson.


A Look Back...

CHECK OUT this great article about the program in Newsday!
LI Life Section | Sunday, November 17, 2013

Music Masters String Ensemble Fellowship, Fall 2013 - Mentored by Professional Cellist and Conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes
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For more information, contact the East End Arts School: 631-369-2171 or education@eastendarts.org

Current Program:

INTENSIVE SOUL & R&B VOCAL ENSEMBLE WORKSHOPS Fall 2015

A select group of music students age 14 through 18 are currently participating in this intensive workshop with professional vocalist Anastasia René. This full scholarship, tuition-free program allows selected students to participate in an ensemble of talent, under the guidance of a music industry professional.