Mad Love Music Festival by Christina Ward Photography

High school rock musicians invited to apply – South Shore Conservatory (SSC) invites applications for the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers. Established in 2016, the scholarship offers high school music students the opportunity to participate in a quality, coached rock band at SSC, underwritten in memory of Dave Jodka, an inspired rock aficionado.  The scholarship provides an 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, who died in 2014, 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, inspiring friends and family to embark on a journey to keep his memory alive through the creation of the Mad Love Music Festival, which premiered at SSC in October, 2015.  The annual festival features renowned local musicians and activities for music lovers of all ages.  Proceeds from Mad Love fund the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers.

The Future Rockers scholarship is open to high school student musicians (current and non-SSC students) who are interested in joining a hardworking, active, and committed rock band. This year, applications are sought in particular from drummers, pianists/keyboardists, and vocalists. The band currently represents SSC and Future Rockers in the community with public performances at venues such as The Middle East Up, New World Tavern, Innersleeve Records, and more. As a recipient of the Future Rockers Scholarship, you will participate in weekly ensemble coaching, recording sessions, songwriting and composition practice, DIY shows with other student-bands, creating and distributing merchandise, and booking venues.

The SSC scholarship rock band Toast at Mad Love Music Festival by Christina Ward Photography

Interested applicants should possess a good mastery of their instrument/voice (at least three 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 12-month period from June 2018 through June 2019.

The band will perform at the fourth annual Dave Jodka Mad Love Music Festival on October 7, 2018 at SSC’s Jane Carr Amphitheater in Hingham, and perform at other 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 in June 2018. Coaching will continue through the summer (with some flexibility), culminating in a three-day intensive.

Interested applicants are required to complete the form at 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 [email protected].  All application materials are due by May 11, 2018.  Applicants selected for a call back audition will be notified by email.

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About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 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 4,000 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, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, (781) 934-2731, and 135 Webster Street, Hanover, (781) 421-6162. 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

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.