The John K. Nikel Scholarship (AIBF South) Top


Specific To:

Current Grade 12 students or individuals who graduated from high school after September, 2018. Applicants MUST reside in the southern portion of the Province of Alberta. This includes the City of Red Deer and all points south.

AMOUNT, NUMBER AND TIMING OF THE SCHOLARSHIP:
The John K. Nikel Scholarship is valued at $2,500. One scholarship will be awarded annually at the final awards of the Alberta International Band Festival.

OVERVIEW:
In 1971, Mr. John Nikel had a vision for a band festival that would provide an opportunity for young Albertans to perform and learn in a positive, educational environment. This vision resulted in the first Alberta International Band Festival (then the Alberta Stage Band Festival) with 8 jazz bands performing in the first year. Now, some 43 years later, the Festival annually hosts more than 300 school and community concert and jazz bands in Edmonton and Calgary and is recognized for its commitment to education through world-class adjudicators and excellent performance venues. In keeping with the original vision of Mr. Nikel, the festival continues to be managed by volunteers, mostly band directors, in both Edmonton and Calgary as a not-for-profit venture.

Mr. Nikel passed away on January 11, 2008, leaving a huge legacy of support for the Arts in Alberta. Mr. Nikel continued to advocate tirelessly for music education, particularly band programs in schools until the end. The John K. Memorial Nikel Scholarship has been established as a legacy of this commitment. This scholarship will assist a young Albertan with aspirations of being a band director to pursue their post-secondary studies.

The application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2019. Please see below for submission requirements.

Please encourage your students to apply if the criterion for the scholarship applies to them. If you have questions about this award, please contact the chair of the scholarship sub-committee Kevin Willms.

AWARD DISBURSEMENT:
The
successful applicant will be notified by telephone and in writing. A certificate of acknowledgement will be presented to the recipient at the Showcase Concert for the Alberta International Band Festival on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 7:00 PM in Calgary at the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary.

The scholarship itself will be paid when proof of registration in an appropriate post-secondary institution for the fall of 2018 has been received by the Alberta International Band Festival. The scholarship monies will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution towards tuition and fees. In all matters concerning the eligibility and payment, the decision of the AIBF Scholarship Committee shall be final.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED ONLINE OR IN PERSON.

Please email a complete application (no partial applications) to Kevin Willms at [email protected]. Please ensure that "John K. Nikel Scholarship Application" is in the heading.




AIBF Professional Development Scholarships South Top


The Alberta International Band Festivals are pleased to announce four professional development scholarships, valued at $500 each (for a total of $2,000 annually).

  • Two scholarships will be awarded annually at the final awards of the Alberta International Band Festival in Edmonton.
  • Two scholarships will be awarded annually at the final awards of the Alberta International Band Festival in Calgary.

It is the intent of the scholarship that the funds be put towards costs incurred by the recipient educator to attend high quality professional development conferences. Examples could include:

  1. The Alberta Band Association Conference
  2. The Chicago Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic
  3. Music Mentors International Workshops

Applications will only be accepted from directors whose bands are registered and participating in the Alberta International Band Festival.

We are very grateful to the Alberta International Band Festival Scholarship Fund for their generosity in funding this professional development for four educators for 2019.

The application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2019. Please view guidelines for submission requirements below.

AWARD DISBURSEMENT:
The successful applicants in the southern portion of the Province of Alberta will be notified by telephone and in writing. A certificate of acknowledgement will be presented to the recipients at the Showcase Concert for the Alberta International Band Festival on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 7 PM in Calgary at the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary.

The scholarship monies will be paid directly to the successful applicants upon presentation of receipts from the chosen conference (examples could include registration fee, transportation costs or hotel costs). In all matters concerning the eligibility and payment, the decision of the AIBF Scholarship Committee shall be final.

The Mike Sakatch Jazz Prospect Scholarship Top


  • The Mike Sakatch Jazz Prospect Scholarship is an award open to all Alberta International Band Festival high school participants who intends to pursue music at the post-secondary level following high school. The scholarship is NOT restricted to grade 12 students.

The Mike Saktach Jazz Prospect Scholarship is valued at $500.

It is intent of the scholarship that the funds offset the expense of post-secondary or extracurricular musical studies and provide the recipient with an extra incentive to continue with their music education. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Post-secondary tuition
  • Private music lessons
  • Attendance at a summer music camp that will enhance their musical development.

The application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2018. Please see application form for submission requirements.

The successful applicant in the southern portion of the Province of Alberta will be notified by telephone and in writing. A certificate of acknowledgement will be presented to the recipient at the Jazz Showcase Concert for the Alberta International Band Festival in Calgary on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Doherty Hall (1302 - 6th Street SE; just north of Calgary Stampede Park).

The scholarship monies will only be granted when the recipient submits proof of enrollment in an acceptable program of study. In all matters concerning the eligibility and payment, the decision of the AIBF Scholarship Committee shall be final.