Endowment & Special Funds

Doc Etienne Scholarship Fund

Doc EtienneThe Doc Etienne Scholarship Fund was established to support scholarships for students in the year-long Monterey County All-Star Program, who participate in the MJF Summer Camp; perform in regional, national, or international tours and the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF).

Doc Etienne devoted his entire non-professional life to raising money and working pro bono for various civic organizations throughout Monterey County. As a 59-year member and Past President of the Monterey Jazz Festival Board of Directors, Doc's leadership, guidance, foresight, and vision were paramount in the creation and funding of its music education programs.

As a result of his leadership, MJF now teaches and inspires young people in 21 middle and high schools in the county. Doc believed educational experiences help young people to become better citizens, and inspires them to give back to their communities as adults.

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Herb Sherman Scholarship Fund

Named in honor of Herb Sherman, Monterey Jazz Festival has established a scholarship fund to help support young musicians and vocalists so they can pursue educational opportunities at the annual Summer Jazz Camp.

Herb Sherman was born August 3, 1938 in New York City. At the age of 15, he started going to jazz clubs in New York, where he saw jazz legend Miles Davis, and many others. Bringing music and business together, he opened record stores in Englewood, New Jersey.

In 1972, he fell in love with Big Sur, promptly sold his business in New Jersey, and moved to the Monterey Peninsula. That same year, he opened another store, The Record Cove, which he owned through 1984 on Alvarado Street. Herb also began attending the Monterey Jazz Festival as a dedicated patron for the next 44 years.

Herb was an advocate for music education, and for giving young people the opportunity to explore the joy of music. In honor of his memory, and his passion for music, the Herb Sherman Scholarship Fund was established by his family in order to subsidize tuition to the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp for talented students from Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

His love of music inspired many people throughout his life. “Jazz has my heart and classical music has my soul,” said Herb about his love of music.

A lifelong supporter of the arts and music, he was part of the glue that created and sustained the Monterey Jazz Festival each and every year. Herb was pre-deceased by his son Scott, is survived by his wife of 24 years, Myrna, daughters Sara Soares and Robyne Szokoly, sons-in-law Ernie Soares and Nicholas Szokoly, and granddaughters Abigail and Emily Szokoly. His love of music inspired many people throughout his life. He will be missed.

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Bob Phillips Endowment Fund

Monterey Jazz Festival has established an endowed fund in honor of one of Monterey's most beloved musicians and teachers, Bob Phillips, whose life of service through music has enriched our community for over 30 years. Through the generosity of his family's matching lead gift, the Fund helps to sustain the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band and enables students selected for this honor to participate regardless of financial situation.

Each year, over 20 Monterey County high school students are chosen from over 28 schools to be members of the MJF High School All-Stars. The band performs in the community, at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, at festivals and venues across the United States and  abroad, and on the stages of the Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

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Hydeus Kiatta Memorial Fund

November 2006 brought the loss of a talented and charismatic young jazz vocalist and composer, Hydeus Kiatta, a Monterey County native. Hydeus’s family, together with Monterey Jazz Festival, has created a Fund in her memory to help support the Festival's youth jazz education programs.

A graduate of San Francisco State University, at the time of her death she was a graduate student at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. She was a jazz vocal major with an emphasis on performance and composition. Her mission was to make a profound impact in the world by promoting peace and harmony through her music. Hydeus was deeply inspired by the diversity of people and cultures that she experienced during her travels. She had a passion to enrich the young minds of tomorrow.

“This is a great way to honor the memory of such a dynamic and talented area jazz vocalist,” says former MJF Education Director, Dr. Rob Klevan. “Hydeus was the first vocalist who I had sing with the jazz band at Stevenson School when I was teaching there. She was incredible – a natural performer with a great feel for jazz. It was no surprise to me that she would choose music as a career and focus on singing. I know she would be pleased with this Fund, which is aimed at encouraging young musicians to study jazz."

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