Talent Bank Awards Festival (TBAF) is a merit scholarship program representing our branch’s oldest continuous project, funded by donations and endowments. The 2024 event will be Saturday, April 13 at United Methodist Church, 250 California St., Santa Cruz. Students will have an opportunity to perform before professional musicians for adjudication and written evaluations. Scholarships totaling about $2,500 are awarded to students with highest scores. The event is open to the public at no charge.
The Festival concludes with an award ceremony to announce the scholarship winners, followed by the Barbara Call Memorial Recital, featuring top scoring winners. All participants are expected to attend. SCCMTAC dress code is in effect for the day.
The Talent Bank Awards Festival is an annual event of the Santa Cruz County Music Teachers’ Association of California. This merit scholarship program has been an encouragement to county music students since 1970. Member teachers, students and friends have over the ensuing years raised thousands of dollars for these awards. Primary funding in recent years has been through the efforts of Celebrate Piano Ensemble. Their annual recital features piano ensemble music performed by member teachers and friends.
Barbara Call Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 by Barbara Call and her friends to recognize excellence in performance for piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, or chamber music by students from Santa Cruz County. It is held in conjunction with the Talent Bank Awards Festival. Barbara Call was a distinguished Santa Cruz County pianist, teacher, and founder of the Talent Bank program.