has announced plans to award an honorary Doctor of Music degree to
legendary rock guitarist, recording artist, producer, and composer
The award will be
officially conferred during MI’s summer graduation ceremony to be held
on September 18 at LA’s Wiltern Theatre.
After first achieving prominence as guitarist for the late Frank
Zappa, Vai has gone on to win multiple Grammys, repeatedly top critics’
and readers’ polls, and earn gold and platinum records while becoming
the personification of contemporary guitar virtuosity. His latest
concert DVD, Where the Wild Things Are, is set for release at the end of the month.
Describing why MI selected Vai for the honor (only the second awarded
in the school’s history), Vice President of Education Beth Marlis said,
“Steve Vai has not only inspired countless musicians around the world
and played a major role in the evolution of modern rock guitar, he also
embodies MI’s ideal of the artist-educator who combines relentless
pursuit of his creative vision with a sense of responsibility for
mentoring the next generation.”
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