Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Florida jazz society awards scholarships to budding musicians in St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Jazz Society presented $6,000 in scholarships to jazz music students at its May 2017 Jazz Jam.

A scholarship for $1,500 was presented to Matthew Falgowski, who recently graduated from the music program at the University of North Florida (UNF). In the fall, Falgowski will attend Indiana State University Jacobs School of Music in pursuit of a master’s degree.

Falgowski has shown great dedication to his music career through the years, in addition to bringing music to the community. He has been involved with the UNF music camp for underprivileged music students during the summer and has received many music awards for his outstanding achievements.

Rhys Bennett, who recently graduated from St. Augustine High School, received a scholarship for $2,500. Bennett has received many awards for his musical expertise and had been an important part of the jazz society family throughout his high school years.

Bennett will continue his music career at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Henry Van Boskirk, a freshman at Creekside High School, received a scholarship for $485. Henry was chosen Florida Allstate middle school jazz pianist in 2016. He will attend the UNF Band Camp.

Henry’s sister, Sylvia, will also receive a scholarship for $485 to attend UNF Band Camp. Sylvia will be a senior at Creekside High School this year.

Both have performed at the Jazz Society monthly jams.

The scholarships were presented by St. Augustine Jazz Society President Joe Robertson.

For the past 26 years, the jazz society has assisted budding musicians in St. Johns County.

For information, go to staugjazzsociety.org.

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