Welcome to the web page for Laurie Frink.

Its purpose is to honor her and prepare the way for her legacy to continue – to inspire and promote artistic integrity, beauty, grace, and humor.

In addition, it is to announce the creation of the Laurie Frink Career Grant.

The mission of this grant is to offer to a young brass player an opportunity for serious study or to undertake a creative project. Watching some of her students struggle with the financial burden was heartbreaking to Laurie. Whenever possible, she would put them on her own personal scholarship – free lessons. The goal is to be a grant of $10,000 awarded to an extraordinarily talented player every two years: a grant that would be life changing.

News Update: Sept 2014

The winner of the inaugural Laurie Frink Career Grant is:

Riley Mulherkar

Riley Mulherkar will open for the John McNeil Quartet for FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music) on Saturday September 20th at Cornelia St Cafe at 8.30pm. For more information, please visit http://fontmusic.org/upcoming-events/2014-festival/

Credit: Lauren Desberg

Credit: Lauren Desberg

Riley Mulherkar is the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant. Now entering his fifth year in an Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program in Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School, Mulherkar was awarded the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music in May of 2014.

Born and raised in Seattle, Mulherkar received the Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition in 2010 and was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET Magazine the following year. He has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and Carnegie Hall, and has shared the stage with Marsalis, Leonard Slatkin, and Paquito D’Rivera, among others. Mulherkar is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 40 original works since its inception in 2011, and was awarded Earshot Jazz’s “Northwest Alternative Jazz Group of 2013.”

Mulherkar is actively engaged in educational outreach. He teaches at Harlem School of the Arts as an Arts Enrichment Fellow at Juilliard, and founded the music program at stART Osceola, a summer arts intensive in Florida where he has taught the past four years. He has also facilitated numerous master classes in Brazil, Mexico, and across the United States.