Stand-Out Jazz Soloist Competition promises $125k in scholarship packages

Wichita, KS- Friends University Fine Arts has announced they will host the first ever Stand-Out Jazz Soloist Competition.

The competition was created for high school juniors and seniors to recognize and reward top up-and-coming jazz musicians.

“In these pandemic times, I have been overjoyed to see so many incredible high school students take to social media to connect and perform. We wanted to create a way to support them and allow these students to reach their full potential with a degree from Friends University,” said Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Robert Brooks.

The winner of the competition will receive a $80k total scholarship package over four years to attend Friends University. They will also be honored at the 28th annual Jazz Festival Feb. 15-20.

Top performers in each of the following categories will receive a $64k total scholarship package: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass, piano, guitar and/or drums.

Details on the competition can be found at Questions can be directed to

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.