Past Piano Scholarship Winners 2005-2011

From 2005-2011, the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and Schubert Club held an annual piano competition, which awarded three $500 scholarships to piano players in grades 9-12. 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.

After 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.

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  • Nicholas Lee, 18, Randolph High School, NJ, Jane Matteson Scholarship Award
  • Sterling Overshown, 17 , High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX, David Paulus Scholarship Award
  • Quentin Tschofen, 17, Univ. of Minnesota PSEO/Spring Lake Park Lighthouse Program, Robbinsdale, MN,  Marie Froelich Scholarship Award


  • Quentin Tschofen, 16, Lighthouse Program, Spring Lake Park Schools, Jane Matteson Scholarship and Performance Prize
  • Chantil Dukart, 18, Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs, CO, Marie Froelich Scholarship
  • Kai Olstad, 17, Northfield High School, David Paulus Scholarship


  • Joe Strachan, 18, Northfield High School, Jane Matteson Scholarship and  Performance Award
  • Chris Misa,  Perpich Center for Arts Education, Marie Froelich Memorial Award
  • Cody Peterson,  Stillwater High School, David Paulus Memorial Award


  • Jacob Wittenberg, 17, Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights, Performance Award
  • Joe Strachan, 17, Northfield High School


  • Kevin Kay, St. Cloud Technical High School,  Mary Froehlich Scholarship and Performance Award.
  • Javier Santiago, 17,  Watershead High School, Minneapolis, David Paulus Scholarship.
  • Joel Friedman 18, Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley, Jane Matteson Scholarship.


  • Jacob Wittenberg , 15,  Henry Sibley High School, West. St. Paul, David Paulus Scholarship
  • Joel Friedman, 17 , Perpich Center for the Arts, Golden Valley, Marie Froehlich Scholarship
  • Javier Santiago, 16, South High School, Minneapolis, Jane Matteson Scholarship


  • Jacob Siegel, 16, East View High School, Apple Valley, David Paulus Memorial Award.
  • Elizabeth Stoiaken, 17, DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis, Marie Froelich Memorial Award
  • Micah Fitch, 18, Minneapolis South High School,  Dakota Foundation Scholarship