Annually, Friends of Jazz at UCLA provides scholarships to outstanding jazz students to assist with tuition and other crucial school expenses.

Scholarship Spotlight: Sara Sithi-Amnuai

Friends of Jazz at UCLA has been providing critical financial support to top UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Jazz Studies students since 2007. This year, we say goodbye to four-year scholarship recipient and trumpeter Sara Sithi-Amnuai, B.A.’17, minor in Music Industry.

As a UCLA student, Sara earned recognition for her talents in national competitions including honorable mentions for the 2017 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Competition, the 2014 John Audino Memorial Scholarship as a classical trumpet soloist, a 2013 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Original Composition-Orchestrated Work, and finalist and semi-finalist awards for the 2009-2013 National Trumpet Competition.

“This scholarship has helped me immerse myself in my art at school with talented faculty and peers and share it outside of school,” wrote Sara in a note to the Friends of Jazz Board. “Most importantly, it has exposed me to different opportunities and interests and has allowed me to think more deeply about the way I’d like to make an impact on society through art.”

While we will miss Sara’s UCLA performances, we wish her the best as she continues her education as a performer-composer this fall at CalArts, where she will pursue a a master’s in fine arts. “I’m excited to expand my musical palette by exploring further multimedia projects, electronic music and world music collaborations,” she said.

Hear a track from Sara on SoundCloud.

Friends of Jazz at UCLA raises funds for scholarships each year, and is proud to award $25,000 in scholarship support in the academic year 2017-2018. Consider making a gift to the support the next generation of jazz artists today!