Consider a baby’s first steps. Someone must be there to hold his hands, urge him
on, praise every footfall - however wobbly, and reward every success. So it is with
We are providing the “hands” to help a baby musician step out into the world of “grown-up”
musicians. At our audition he will perform with professionals, be cheered on by an
audience, and then rewarded for his talent and ability.
Winning our scholarship may be the first validation that the young musician has what
it takes. He is actually paid for his performance!
The CFJS Scholarship Program was a dream of Sid and Karen Weinberg. Sid, a well-known
saxophonist, was an early presence on the Jazz scene in Orlando. Thanks to the Weinberg’s
influence, we can point with some degree of pride to a 30-year history of helping
young Jazz musicians further their education.
In the early days, publicity was minimal and applications were few. The auditions
were casual and time-consuming. Jeff Phillips, the 1986 winner who went on to become
a professional pianist, remembers that his prize was around $200. By contrast, and
to indicate how far we’ve come, our awards this year totaled $5,500 divided into
scholarships of $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $750, and $500.
We are always looking for ways to raise money for our Fund. Raffles are a big part
of it. We sell donated CDs, records, and cassette tapes. We solicit sponsorships
from local corporations. Past sponsors have included AAA, Massey Pest Control, John
Neville Memorial Fund and others.
When you consider the price of instruments today — even the repairs of an instrument
— and the cost of tuition at any university, the dollars we give can make a difference.
It should be noted that we never write a check to the student. It must be made out
to the school or a company with which the student has music dealings.
Over the years, more than 200 students have auditioned for the CFJS Scholarship Program
from over forty schools, with applicants coming from as far away as Eastman Conservatory
in Rochester, New York. Since the program’s inception, CFJS has awarded over $70,000
Scholarship auditions are held every spring, and all students from high school seniors
through the first three college years are eligible to compete if they are enrolled
in an accredited college, junior college, or university. To apply for the scholarship,
applicants must submit the completed application form, a written recommendation,
and a recording of one to two improvised choruses of two different selections of
different tempos. Ten finalists are selected and will then go on to compete in person
at the annual CFJS Scholarship Auditions. There they will be accompanied by a rhythm
section of professional musicians and compete before a select panel of judges, as
well as the general membership of the jazz society. Performances are professionally
judged in five categories (Technique, Expression, Style/Interpretation, Presence/Showmanship,
and Overall Performance), and the scholarship winners are the three highest-scoring
SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PACKAGE HERE:
To submit via mail, send to: CFJS Scholarships C/O Greg Parnell, 3208 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 1720 Lake Mary, FL 32746-3467