Berklee to Award Scholarships to Finalists of Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Competition

Nick Balkin
January 9, 2014
Press release
Lee Ritenour

Berklee College of Music will award four four-year scholarships—one full-tuition, three half-tuition—to finalists in the Six String Theory Competition. The brainchild of Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Lee Ritenour, Six String Theory runs January 15 to May 15; winners will be announced June 1. Formerly only for guitarists, the contest in its third year is now open to pianists, bassists, and drummers as well. In addition to Berklee scholarships, the contest offers performance opportunities at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival, Yamaha instruments and endorsements, and professional mentoring from Ritenour.

One of the six guitar finalists will be personally selected by Ritenour to be featured on his forthcoming album on Concord Records.

To apply, entrants must submit two YouTube videos online at

Judges who will work with Ritenour to evaluate and determine the four winners include Dave Grusin, John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvy Mason, Vinnie Colaiuta, Patrice Rushen, and others. The Six String Theory Competition is cosponsored by Yamaha, Berklee, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop, Monster Cable, D'Addario, Premier Guitar, Jazziz Magazine, and Music Connection