Curt and Kay Wilson Jazz Scholarship Fund

The Curt and Kay Wilson Jazz Scholarship Fund has now been established and endowed at $50,000. The proceeds from the fund will be used to provide scholarships to students who wish to participate in the TCU Jazz Studies program, as taught at TCU for thirty-four years and has been the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award (2001) and the College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguish Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar (2005). 

Texas Christian University

Jazz Studies Program


Seven international tours/performances in the former Soviet Union, Poland, Japan, Hungary, Austria,
Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Italy including appearances at the Montreux, Switzerland (twice), North Sea (The Hague), Vienna, Copenhagen, Pori (Finland), Honolulu, and Umbria (Italy) international jazz festivals. Recognized by IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) and Down Beat magazine as an exemplary jazz studies program. Appeared in concert with more than 50 internationally-acclaimed jazz artists.

Annual TCU Jazz Festival, now in its 33rd year, has attracted over 20,000 high school students to the TCU
Performances throughout Texas and in St. Louis, Chicago, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, Wichita and Kansas City (KS), Mobile (AL), and Honolulu, Hawaii.   

Produced  seventeen (17) recordings (CD’s).  Four have won awards from the IAJE (Live with
Jon Faddis, Classic Mix, Dream On, and Leap Frog). Six (6) appearances at the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) Conference in San Antonio (one in Fort Worth). Appeared (by taped audition) at the Wichita (KS), Longhorn (Austin, TX), Mobile (AL), and Addison (TX) Collegiate Jazz Festivals. Recordings have been featured on American Airline and America  Trans airlines in-flight entertainment systems.


When will the first scholarship be awarded?
The first scholarship will be awarded to a student in Fall of 2010. The selection process will begin in Spring 2010.

How Can I Help?   

Make a tax-deductable donation to the Curt and Kay Wilson Jazz Scholarship Fund by contacting:
Chandler Smith
Texas Christian University
Office of University Advancement
P.O. Box 297044
Ft. Worth, TX 76129
Phone: 817.257-5039

Contributions should be made payable to:
TCU - Curt and Kay Wilson Scholarship Fund