Talent Bank Awards Festival (TBAF) is a merit scholarship program representing our branch’s oldest continuous project, funded by donations and endowments. The 2023 event will be Saturday, April 22 at United Methodist Church, 250 California St., Santa Cruz. Students will have an opportunity to perform before professional musicians for adjudication and written evaluations.
The Festival will conclude with a winners recital and award ceremony at 5:00pm. All participants are expected to attend. This closing event is open to the public. 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
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. Barbara Call was a distinguished Santa Cruz County pianist, teacher, and founder of the Talent Bank program.
Josephine Alvarado Memorial Scholarship
This award was established by the family of this beloved musician and teacher. It recognizes superior performance of the keyboard music of J.S. Bach and of his relatives. For age 12 through high school.
Important TBAF Dates for 2023