In addition to providing a year of scholarship support to students in the Dakota Combo, The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education partners with organizations to promote jazz and jazz education through additional scholarship opportunities.

Summer Jazz Education

The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education awards scholarships for a number of summer student jazz education opportunities.

For the summer of 2011, the Dakota Foundation awarded scholarships to each of these organizations to support students selected by each organization.

Jazz Piano Competition (on hiatus)

From 2005-2011, in partnership with the Schubert Club, the Dakota Foundation co-sponsored an annual Jazz Piano Scholarship Competition for students in grades 9-12, hosting a performance competition and award ceremony for finalists at the Dakota Jazz Club. Each finalist received a $500 scholarship and competed before another panel of judges and live audience for an additional $500 Performance Prize.

These scholarships were made possible thanks to endowments to Schubert Club from three families. Past scholarship awardees include Javi Santiago and Joe Strachan, who are accomplished performers and composers who work regularly on the Twin Cities jazz scene. See Past Piano Scholarships Winners for a detailed list of awardees.

Jazz Piano Workshop

After 7 years, the program refocussed resources to bring aspiring and potential jazz piano students together with outstanding clinicians. In 2011, the piano competition evolved into an annual Jazz Piano Workshop, which awards scholarships to promising young piano players  (grades 7-12) at varying levels of experience (beginner, intermediate and advanced). The scholarships awarded at the workshop now specifically fund lessons with esteemed local piano teachers, selected by DFJE. The Jazz Piano Workshop provides an opportunity for youth to work in small groups with two local professional pianists, as well as a featured nationally renowned jazz pianist. See our Workshops page for more information about this year’s Jazz Piano Workshop.

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