Two Riverhead High students win East End Arts music fellowship scholarship

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | East End Arts recently selected two Riverhead singers to participate in its music fellowship program.

A pair of Riverhead High School seniors were among the seven students chosen last month to participate in East End Arts’ 2012 Music Masters Fellowship Program.

Justin Mancini and Stephen Peppaceno, both tenors, are taking part in the full-scholarship fellowship program, which allows the seven selected students to participate in an ensemble jazz vocal choir, under the guidance of international recording artist Lauren Kinhan.

The students were chosen from a pool of applicants from 17 area high schools.

Participating students will be given training in professional rehearsal and performance skills, in addition to preparation for music composition, songwriting and studio recording. Through the program, they will acquire a portfolio of audio/video materials.

The 2012 Fellowship is also scheduled to perform live at several events, beginning with a Winterfest performance this coming Sunday at 4 p.m. at Bedell Cellars. They’ll also sing at East End Arts’ Mosaic Street Painting Festival May 27 and Teeny Awards in June.

The 2012 Music Masters Fellowship is sponsored by grants from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and SESAC, a performing rights organization.