South Shore Conservatory Announces David Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers

DSC_1688South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announces the establishment of the David Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers, offering high school music students the opportunity to participate in a quality, coached rock band at SSC, underwritten in memory of David Jodka, an inspired rock aficionado.  The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a new opportunity for rock students from all backgrounds to experience the love of music that Jodka inspired in his family and in his life.

Dave Jodka loved to rock. From the moment he attended his first concert, his life was forever changed. Over the course of his life, Jodka grew in musicianship by playing guitar, bass, drums and singing. As an adult, he worked in finance for more than 20 years, but still remained faithful to his pursuits in music.  A family man who resided in Scituate with his wife Kathleen and four children, Jodka passed away from cancer in 2014.  His inspired friends and family embarked on a journey to keep his memory alive through the creation of the Mad Love Music Mad Love Music FestivalFestival, which premiered at SSC in October, 2015.  The festival featured renowned local musicians and activities for music lovers of all ages.  Proceeds from the initial event funded the David Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers.

The Future Rockers scholarship is open to freshman, sophomore and junior student rockers (current and non-SSC students) who are interested in performing in an energetic, high intensity rock band, Once established, the quality, coached band, will represent SSC in the community in public performances.  After coaching from specialists in a variety of areas, including individual instrument and vocal coaching, sound equipment training, branding and marketing training and more, the SSC Future Rockers band will perform under the SSC and Future Rockers banner at local venues both independently and with support from a coach.

Interested applicants should possess a good mastery of their instrument/voice (at least two years of study), a true passion for working with an ensemble and performing in public, and must be willing to commit to the band for a 14-month period from April 2016 through June 2017.

DSC_1644The SSC Future Rockers band will debut at the second annual Dave Jodka Mad Love Music Festival on October 9, 2016 at SSC’s Jane Carr Amphitheater in Hingham, and perform at other local venues throughout the year.  Students must be available for coaching for 1.5 hours a week on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Conservatory’s Duxbury campus, at 64 St. George Street, starting on April 7, 2016.  Coaching will continue through the summer (with some flexibility).

Interested applicants are invited to complete the form at sscmusic.org/scholarships.html#jodka, and return it to SSC with a guardian’s signature.  Students should also submit a two-minute performance video playing their instrument(s) and/or singing to futurerockers@sscmusic.org.  All application materials are due by March 25, 2016.  Call backs will be held on Saturday, April 2, selected applicants will be notified by email.

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About South Shore Conservatory

2013 SSC Logo PinterestSouth Shore Conservatory, (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest, not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 3500 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore. Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play. SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781-749-7565) and 64 St. George Street, Duxbury (781-934-2731). SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit www.sscmusic.org.

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.