Jonathan Gateretse was recently announced as the winner of a two year scholarship to the Music Performance and Technology Program, valued at $38,900, and will begin classes in January, 2014.
The scholarship is awarded annually to the best Canadian high school keyboard player. One lucky student who showcases both excellence in the art of performance, as well as a unique playing style, is given the opportunity to learn and perfect their craft by enrolling in our comprehensive Keyboard Major courses taught by expert industry figures.
Jonathan is a grade 12 student at Loyola Catholic Secondary in Mississauga, ON. Jonathan’s school has won a Jupiter 80 keyboard, valued at $5,000 courtesy of Roland Canada, and his school has generously decided to give the keyboard back to Jonathan so that he can continue to work towards his dream of becoming a professional musician and music producer.
A jubilant Jonathan says, “I made a concrete decision to make music my career when I was 15, and to have the opportunity to attend Metalworks Institute is simply incredible. I’m just starting to find my path as a young musician, and over the past couple of years I have never owned a professional keyboard, so having access to the new Roland Jupiter 80 will give me a great start. It’s the perfect bonus to winning the scholarship. I’m humbled and blessed; at 17 my career is already off to a great start. I can’t thank Metalworks and Roland enough!”
Loyola Catholic Secondary School’s Principal Joseph Giancola had this to say about Jonathan’s win, “We are extremely proud of Jonathan at Loyola for winning this Scholarship. Jonathan is a gifted musician and this scholarship will allow him to continue to develop his music skills.”
Doug McGarry, Executive Education Manager of Roland Canada added, “Roland is very proud to have sponsored this competition and congratulates Jonathan Gateretse on his win. Our company motto is “Better Life With Music”. And in that theme, when young artists like Jonathan share their talents with the world we believe it truly makes it a better place. We look forward to hearing more from Jonathan and the amazing music we are sure he will continue to create with his new Roland Jupiter 80 Synthesizer.”
We congratulate Jonathan, and looks forward to having him join our student ranks when he begins classes in January, 2014. Academics Director, Craig Titus said, “Jonathan is an extremely talented young musician and a perfect fit for Metalworks Institute’s Music Performance and Technology program. I wish him the very best in his academic and performing pursuits and can’t wait to see what he brings to the classroom!”
If you would like to inquire about any of the other scholarships offered at our Institute, please visit our Scholarships page.