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Music Masters Mentorship Program

East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship Program 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.

East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship Program is sponsored by Olivia and Harlan Fischer.


2019 Music Masters Mentorship Program


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2019 Music Master Mentor: ELI YAMIN

jazz and blues pianist, singer and educator
Jazz Power Initiative co-founder/Artistic Director
Jazz at Lincoln Center, founding director of Middle School Jazz Academy

Eli Yamin, a Steinway artist, was born in East Patchogue, Long Island and has performed as a jazz and blues ambassador for the United States, in over 25 countries and in the U.S. at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the White House. His recordings include You Can’t Buy Swing with his jazz quartet; I Feel So Glad, with his blues band; Louie’s Dream, dedicated to “our jazz heroes,” with New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher, and Live In Burghausen with jazz icon, Illinois Jacquet. His three youth-centered musicals: Nora’s Ark, Holding the Torch For Liberty and Message From Saturn, have been performed internationally in four languages and across the United States, bringing diverse communities together through jazz and blues to tell socially uplifting stories. Eli is the co-founder and Managing Artistic Director of the Jazz Power Initiative, a non profit organization that transforms lives through jazz arts education and founding director of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy. His book, So You Want to Sing the Blues, will be published this fall by Rowman and Littlefield in collaboration with the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS).


2019 Music Masters Mentorship Program

*EXTENDED* Application Deadline: Monday, December 10, 2018 (must include sample recording)

During this intensive three-week program, students will be immersed in jazz and blues with an emphasis on creativity, culture, and telling your own personal story in collaboration with others. The program will take place in January 2019 with jazz and blues pianist, singer and educator Eli Yamin!

Workshop Dates:
January 2019, 4:00 - 7:00 PM in East End Arts Carriage House, Riverhead, NY:
Monday, January 14
Tuesday, January 15
Tuesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 23
Monday, January 28
Tuesday, January 29

Concert: Friday, February 1, 2019, 6:00 PM at Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead, NY



A Look Back...

2018 Music Master Mentor:

Three-time Grammy Award nominee, songwriter and performing musician

After a decade-long career with RCA Records jam band From Good Homes, recording and touring with acts from the Dave Matthews Band to Bob Dylan and Bob Weir's Ratdog, Brady Rymer ventured into family music as he started his own family, releasing Good Morning, Gus in 2000. Since then, he has released eight CDs, including 2017's GRAMMY-nominated Press Play, 2014's GRAMMY-nominated Just Say Hi! and the 2008 GRAMMY-nominated Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. 

Rymer’s rootsy, accordion-laced pop and rock music regularly wins critical acclaim and national awards including three Children's GRAMMY nominations as well as numerous Parents' Choice Gold and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications) Gold Awards, and has garnered him a growing fan base of enthusiastic families. Together with his longtime bandmates in the Little Band That Could -- outstanding players all, with backgrounds from Americana to Zydeco -- he performs rockin' live music for kids and families across the country at Performing Arts Centers, concert halls, clubs, outdoor festivals, schools and libraries.

When he’s not playing with his own band, Brady plays bass guitar with the Laurie Berkner Band; he also performs a few select shows a year with band From Good Homes.


2017 Music Master Mentor:

international celebrity musician, longtime bass player for Paul Simon

Music Masters Mentorship Concert with Bakithi Kumalo & David Bravo, held on February 11, 2017 at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Thank you to David Bravo and his family for recording and producing this video!

CHECK OUT this video about the program with Bakithi Kumalo recorded and produced by Randee Daddona at Newsday!
Published Monday, February 6, 2017

AND this video by Krysten Massa from Riverhead News-Review / northforker about the program with Bakithi Kumalo!
Published Thursday, January 12, 2017


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.”


2015 Music Master Mentor:

professional vocalist

On December 1, 2015, East End Arts 2015 Music Masters Mentorship program student vocalists performed their show-stopping final concert, led by program mentor professional soul and R&B vocalist Anastasia René with her piano accompanist Mark Mancini at the Suffolk Theater on December 1, 2015. Suffolk Theater's talent management was so impressed that they asked the group back to perform with The Rascals two weeks later at their concert on December 19, 2015, and again this year, a select group of East End Arts student vocalists have been invited for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with this hit band!


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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Video from the 2011 Music Masters Fellowship program - the group decided to give a sample of their talent at East End Arts Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival!

For more information, contact the East End Arts School: 631-369-2171 or