Central Florida Jazz Society, a Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1974

3208 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 1720 Lake Mary, FL 32746-3467 | (407) 539-2357 | [email protected]  

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For the Love of Jazz




DATE/TIME:                    Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:                     Keene Hall on Rollins College campus, Rooms 119 and 105

ELIGIBILITY:                   High School Seniors and College Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors (Years 1, 2 and 3)

















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 our scholarships.

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 in prizes!

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 students.










File size should not exceed 10MB. To submit via mail, send to: CFJS Scholarships C/O Greg Parnell, 3208 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 1720 Lake Mary, FL 32746-3467

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