2019 RECIPIENTS

Micah Graves

Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Micah has been studying and playing piano now for eight years now. He began with classical training for the first 4 years of lessons.  He then switched to jazz lessons for 4 years under the tutelage of Dan Green and Barry Sames. He also started playing at the Philadelphia Clef Club as well as the Kimmel Center Program for Jazz Education at that time. He quickly grew from his engagement with professional musicians like Anthony Tidd, Orrin Evans, Josh Lawrence, Sumi Tonooka, Lucky Thompson, Sherry Butler, Toni Miceli, Terrell Stafford and the list goes on and on. His natural ears and sense of jazz quickly propelled him into the performance world of jazz. He received two summer scholarships for programs at Berklee College of Music. As well as winning the coveted All State Jazz Pianist position for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

 

He was awarded several honors and awards as well as over $100,000 in scholarship money from various music institutions. He has currently entering his sophomore year at Temple University for Jazz piano performance where he is the 2018 recipient of the Billy Strayhorn Jazz Award. This fall he will be studying as an exchange student with the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music as well as releasing an highly anticipated debut album.

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