Metalworks Institute, Roland Announce 2012 KEYS Competition Winner

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

L-R: Doug McGarry (Roland Canada), Kayla Durish (Metalworks Institute), Jonathan Gateretse (KEYS Winner), Adrian Marsi (Roland Canada)

Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production and Roland Canada have announced Jonathan Gateretse as the winner of the 2012 KEYS Competition.

Jonathan’s first place finish in the inaugural KEYS Competition entitled him to full tuition in the two year Music Performance and Technology / Keyboard Major Program, valued at $38,900. Jonathan’s high school, Loyola Catholic Secondary School was awarded a Roland Jupiter 80 Keyboard valued at $5,000.

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!”

Metalworks Institute partnered with Roland to launch the KEYS Competition in 2012 to find Canada’s most talented high school keyboardist. Interested Canadian Secondary School students were asked to make a solo video of less than four minutes in length, performing any style of music on any type of keyboard and upload through www.mwikeys.com. Competition submissions were accepted until Nov. 30, 2012.

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 at Metalworks Institute. Jonathan is a gifted musician and this scholarship will allow him to continue to develop his music skills.”

Jonathan will join some of Canada’s most promising musicians and the award-winning professional faculty at Metalworks Institutes’ Mississauga campus, adjacent to world-famous Metalworks Studios

Metalworks Institute’s 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!”

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.”

Metalworks Institute’s two year Music Performance and Technology programs are designed for musicians and built to offer the complete range of industry knowledge required to take the art of performance to a professional level. Available in five majors, Keyboard, Vocal, Drums and Percussion, Bass and Guitar, students learn to perfect their business and music performance skills as they master the technologies and computer applications related to their major. All of Metalworks Institute’s full-time diploma programs are approved vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.

For more information, Metal Works Institute: 905-279-4000, admissions@metalworksinstitute.com, www.metalworksinstitute.com.