Music Masters with Dr. Thomas Manuel


Music Masters Mentorship Program 

Learn from Jazz historian, educator, musician, and founder/director
of the Jazz Loft at Stony Brook, Dr. Thomas Manuel
Intensive Full-Scholarship, Six-Week Program for Teen Musicians, Winter 2020
East End Arts Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: December 3 

East End Arts is now accepting student applications for the 2020 Music Masters Mentorship Program, an intensive, full scholarship, six-week ensemble workshop opportunity which will be led and mentored by professional Jazz musician, Dr. Thomas Manuel. The program will take place from January 28, 2019 through early March. To apply, high school student musicians must submit an online application including a recorded performance sample.


Long Island high school music students (ages 14 through 18) with a passion for music are encouraged to apply for this rigorous workshop, which is open to all instruments and vocal. Ensemble workshop rehearsals will be held evenings from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the East End Arts School Carriage House in Riverhead on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, January 28
  • Tuesday, February 4 
  • Tuesday, February 11 
  • (no 2/18) 
  • Tuesday, February 25 
  • Tuesday, March 3 

A finale performance will be held on Friday, March 6, at a Riverhead-area location to be announced. Of all applications received, a select few will be chosen to participate in the ensemble based upon their performance skills. Program mentor, professional musician Dr. Thomas Manuel is the recent recipient of an endowed Artist in Residence chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University. Manuel holds a faculty position with the Stony Brook University Young Artist Program directing their jazz program in residence at the Jazz Loft. The selected students will have the incredible opportunity to work under the tutelage of this professional, and will be given training in professional rehearsal and performance skills. This full scholarship, tuition-free mentorship program allows select students to participate in an ensemble of talent, under the guidance of a music industry professional. 


Dr. Thomas Manuel dedicates his professional efforts to both the preservation of Long Island’s jazz history as well as presenting it to future generations. He has taught in the public school system for over a decade, on the collegiate level, and served for many years as a member of the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA) Executive Board. In May 2016 Manuel officially opened The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, NY. As its founder, curator and artistic director Manuel takes pride in this innovative and creative space, which joins jazz performance, jazz preservation and jazz education in celebration of the past, present, and future. Manuel has received several honors for his dedication to the American born art form of Jazz including Stony Brook Universities 40 under 40 Award, several Suffolk Country Proclamations and the 2016 Person of the Year in Brookhaven award from the Times Beacon Record. His most recent endeavor included an educational outreach to Havana, Cuba, collaborating with several top jazz artists, professors, producers and an independent filmmaker. 


There is limited spots available so



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 Music Masters program is mentored by a master musician/performer/composer, in various styles of music including, rock, jazz, world music, classical, soul and R&B. The mentor works intensely 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 first mentored by Corky Laing, a 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 professional guitarist Steve Salerno. Fall 2015 was a vocal ensemble led by professional vocalist Anastasia René with piano accompanist Mark Mancini, Music. Fall 2016, students studied under Paul Simon’s Bass Guitarist and international musician Bakithi Kumalo. Fall 2017, students studied with three time Grammy Nominee, Singer/Songwriter Brady Rymer and last year Music Master Students benefitted from the Jazz expertise of pianist and vocalist Eli Yamin.
HERE to Learn More About the
Music Masters Mentorship Program
Or you may contact, Diane Giardi, Director of East End Arts’ School at 631.369.2171


East End Arts School | 141 East Main Street, Riverhead | 631.369.2171



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