Tax deductible donations to our scholarship funds (Talent Bank Awards Festival and Opportunity Grants) are gratefully accepted. Make checks payable to SCCMTAC. Please specify in a letter to which scholarship fund you’d like your donation applied. Mail checks to:
Barbara Jirsa, Treasurer
221 Nevada Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Talent Bank Awards Festival Scholarship
The next Talent Bank Awards Festival will be Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Cabrillo College. It is open to SCCMTAC teachers, students, parents and friends.
This is our longest running program, a major boost to county music students since 1970. Students perform before a distinguished panel of adjudicators who provide a written evaluation of the performance. Scholarships are awarded based on the results.
The brochure and application forms are available by clicking the link below. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2020.
A recital of the top 2020 Talent Bank and Barbara Call Scholarship awardees will follow the auditions, two hours after the final audition.
Barbara Call Memorial Scholarships
This award was established in 1999 by Barbara Call and her friends for excellence in performance for piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, or chamber music students from Santa Cruz County. It is held in conjunction with the Talent Bank Awards Festival in April. Barbara Call was a distinguished Santa Cruz County pianist, teacher, and founder of the Talent Bank program.
Important TBAF Dates for 2019-2020
Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Rising Stars recital at United Methodist Church, 250 California St, Santa Cruz
January 15, 2020 – Application deadline, to Heather Thompson Smits
February 15, 2020 – repertory deadline, email to Cheryl Dougan
Note: Unfortunately, Talent Bank Awards Festival auditions have been cancelled for this year.
Opportunity Grant Scholarships
These yearly awards go to highly motivated young students whose families are financially unable to provide private music lessons.
Applicants must be enrolled in a Santa Cruz County school or be home-schooled county residents, and at grade levels from 2 through 12 during the coming school year. Applicants must have practice access to the chosen instrument of study.
The scholarships, which may be full or partial, remain in effect for one school year beginning in September. Scholarships may be renewable on a year-to-year basis, provided funds remain available and acceptable musical progress is being made.
Applications are due in mid-June for scholarships serving the upcoming school year. Interviews are held in early summer. More information about this program is available from Kit Birskovich, 426-5172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mueller Scholarships – Administered by the Santa Cruz Symphony
Now in its 29th year, the Santa Cruz Symphony’s Mueller Scholarship Program is named for Ruth Mueller, a retired Santa Cruz music teacher. Upon her death in 1988, through a planned gift to the Symphony, Mueller created an endowed scholarship/campership fund for local music students. Her vision was to encourage students of orchestral instruments by helping with the cost of music instruction tuition. Mueller Scholarships were first awarded in 1990, and nearly 150 students have been the beneficiaries of her generosity.
The applicant must meet the following criteria:
- • demonstrate a commitment to an orchestral instrument for at least one year.
- • practice regularly and be consistent in attending lessons or ensemble rehearsals.
- • show promise and have the discipline to develop as a classical musician.
- • be less than 18 years of age as of July 1, and reside in Santa Cruz County.
The Symphony’s Education Committee typically awards a total of over $12,000 annually, with individual scholarships and camperships ranging between $500 and $750. The award will be paid directly to the recipient’s music teacher or ensemble, (e.g. Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony or Cabrillo Strings) or music camp. Applications are available through the Symphony’s website and are due no later than April 1. Please visit www.santacruzsymphony.org/
Youth Chamber Music Competition
Since 2003 the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival has offered an annual Youth Chamber Music Competition to encourage young music students to participate in chamber music ensembles. The competition is open to chamber ensembles consisting of Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County(*) student musicians (Santa Clara County student musicians are admitted on a space-available basis). To participate, a competition entry form must be submitted on behalf of each group. Each member of the winning ensemble receives $100 up to a total of $400 and performs during the Baroque Festival’s Season Concert II or III. Second place winners receive $50 each up to a total of $200 and are recognized along with honorable-mention award groups. While groups are encouraged to compete by playing Baroque and other early (pre-1750) music, the competition is also open to instrumental ensembles performing Classical, Romantic, 20th Century and 21st Century concert repertoire.
This competition has been generously supported by the David E. Kaun Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.
For more information, go to http://scbaroque.org/youth.html.
PERFORMANCE DRESS GUIDELINES
// Preferred Dress
Hair should be arranged so that it does not fall into the face while performing.
Black concert attire is appropriate.
Dresses or skirts knee length or longer, or dressy slacks. (Skirts shorter than knee length should be accompanied by tights.)
Blouses or shirts completely covering midriff when performing.
Dress shoes (no athletic shoes or flip-flops).
Pianists: Try out shoes with piano pedals beforehand.
Collared dress shirt, dress slacks and nice shoes. Coat and tie welcome.
No athletic shoes or flip-flops.
**Dress guidelines apply to all Santa Cruz County Branch performances, including Certificate of Merit events.
// Not allowed
T-shirts, shorts, athletic team jerseys, jeans, bare midriffs, exposed underwear, form fitting camisoles or tank tops,
sloppy slide-on shoes including flip-flops.
We reserve the right to ask inappropriately dressed students not to perform.
• Plan to arrive a little early – allow more than enough time to find parking.
• Sit quietly while others perform.
• Performers should acknowledge the audience’s applause with a bow and smile before and after performing.
• PLAN TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE RECITAL — if you must leave early, sit near the exit and leave between pieces.
• Parents, be prepared to take noisy younger siblings outside.