The East End Arts School is pleased to announce that Ryan Mancini of Riverhead, a student of the East End Arts School’s music program, is the award recipient of the Paul Sisson Memorial Fund’s 2013 music scholarship. This is the 12th year that an East End Arts School music student has been awarded a scholarship through the generous support of the Friends of Riverhead Free Library. The Paul Sisson Memorial Fund was created by the Friends of the Library in memory of Paul Sisson, a lover of classical music and driving force in the development of the Library’s Piano Plus Concert Series.
This year’s talented recipient, Ryan Mancini, is a ninth grade High Honors student at Riverhead High School. His musical training began as a vocal soloist and section leader in the Ocean State Children’s Choir. At the same time, while becoming proficient on the clarinet, he insisted on also learning to play the saxophone. After many months of private instruction on the alto saxophone, his teacher admitted she could take him no further and he would need to find a more advanced instructor. This past year he played alto sax in the Riverhead Middle School Concert Band and scored 99 out of 100 on a Level 5 NYSSMA solo. Additionally, he scored the same on a Level 5 vocal selection. He also played baritone saxophone in the school’s Jazz Band. Ryan has also performed with the Middle School Show Choir for two years. As a music lover, Ryan is proficient on the piano and plays the electric bass for the music ministry at First Baptist Church of Riverhead. He is also broadening his musical knowledge by studying jazz piano at the East End Arts School. For both years in Riverhead Middle School, Ryan received the Music Directors Award for musicianship and leadership. His most recent stage performances with Riverhead Faculty & Community Theatre include: “Next Stop Broadway”; the co-lead role of ‘Danny’ in the musical, “Grease”; and ‘Pape-Ge’ in the musical “Once On This Island”. Ryan also played the character ‘Ryan’ in “High School Musical” performed by Middle Masques. He was the president of the National Junior Honor Society at Riverhead Middle School. Most recently, Ryan placed second in the 10th Annual Riverhead Idol competition.
East End Arts congratulates Ryan on this special honor and for all of his hard work and dedication to his music education.
The East End Arts School has 200 students each semester studying voice, piano, drums, violin, guitar and orchestral instruments, as well as music composition and recording. Currently, the School is able to provide scholarships for many deserving students, but many more are on a waiting list.
For more information about the East End Arts School’s music program, or how to contribute to the East End Arts School’s Music Scholarship fund, please contact the East End Arts School: 631-369-2171, or visit www.eastendarts.org to learn more.
Source: East End Arts press release.
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