East End Arts: Music Masters Concert, February 15


East End Arts Music Masters Concert


Featuring Talented Long Island High School Student Musicians & Vocalists
Mentored by BRADY RYMER, Three-time Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter & Musician

Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 PM At Hotel Indigo

East End Arts is pleased to announce that the East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship Program’s ensemble of student musicians and vocalists, led by three-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician Brady Rymer, will perform a concert on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead. The public is invited to this not-to-be-missed concert event, which promises to be a special evening featuring talented student musicians from across Long Island. Students will perform a variety of works from folk to rock. General Admission Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door, and proceeds benefit the future of music programs like this one at East End Arts. There is also a Price Fix Dinner option, which includes General Admission, for $55 and starts at 6:30pm.

East End Arts thanks generous sponsors Olivia and Harlan Fischer for their support of this program, as well as Hotel Indigo for graciously providing the performance space. Hotel Indigo is located at 1830 West Main Street, Rt. 25, Riverhead, NY 11901.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://eastendartsorg.presencehost.net/calendar/event/2018/02/15/music-masters-performance-with-brady-rymer/188359.

Ensemble leader and program mentor BRADY RYMER comments about the Music Masters students: “I love how this band has really jelled together as a group creating their own sound that’s never been heard before. Everyone is really listening to each other and excited to be in the moment of creating music together and discovering something new. That’s why the concert is going to be so exciting….being able to perform it for an audience!”

The ensemble is comprised of 13 talented student musicians and vocalists from high schools across Suffolk County, who are participating in East End Arts 2018 Music Masters Mentorship Program, which is an intensive full-scholarship, tuition-free, six-week ensemble workshop. These selected students have had the incredible opportunity to work under the guidance of this professional, and have been given training in professional rehearsal and performance skills through this program. For more information, visit eastendarts.org/programs/music-masters.html.


Michael Balsamo, pianist and vocalist in the program, says:

“It’s a true honor to be accepted into this program, where I can demonstrate my gifts and talents. It’s been a great learning experience! I’ve never been a part of a band before and it’s a great feeling!”


Students applied to participate during the Fall of 2017 and a select few were chosen to participate in this program. Applications came in from across Suffolk County and the ensemble includes:

  • Michael Balsamo, 16, Piano/Vocal, Eastport South Manor High School
  • John Bertschi, 17, Electric Guitar, Southold High School
  • Gage Brown-DeVirgilio, 15, Electric Bass/Vocal, Middle Island (Homeschooled)
  • Rowan Brown-DeVirglio, 18, Drums, Middle Island (Homeschooled)
  • Tristen Brown-DeVirglio, 16, Electric Guitar, Middle Island (Homeschooled)
  • Gilda Delbianco, 15, Piano/Violin/Vocal, McGann Mercy High School
  • Isabella Galway, 16, Vocal, Westhampton Beach High School
  • Anika Gott, 15, Violin/Vocal, Shirley, (Homeschooled)
  • Jacob Nitti, 16, Electric Guitar, Riverhead High School
  • Joshua Pasca, 15, Electric Guitar, Hampton Bays High School
  • James Puccio, 17, Acoustic Guitar, Hampton Bays High School
  • Trevor Satchell-Sabaya, 17, Electric Bass, Mount Sinai High School
  • Fallon Spellman, 12, Cello, Westhampton Beach Middle School

The ensemble has been rehearsing Tuesday evenings since early January in East End Arts Carriage House rehearsal space, preparing for this final concert.

More Information about Brady Rymer, 2018 Music Masters Mentor

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. 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.

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.

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, jazz, soul, 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; Fall 2014 was a jazz ensemble led by guitarist Steve Salerno; Fall 2015 was a vocal ensemble led by R&B vocalist Anastasia Rene with piano accompanist Mark Mancini and the most recent, 2016 was mentored by internationally celebrated South African artist, Bakithi Kumalo, also bass player for Paul Simon and piano accompanist David Bravo.

For more information about the Music Masters Mentorship Program, contact Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director, at 631-369-2171 or dgiardi@eastendarts.org.


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.



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