JAZZ.FM91 is delighted to announce that Kayla Hoshizaki is the 2024 recipient of the Peter Appleyard Scholarship.

This annual scholarship honours the legacy of vibraphonist Peter Appleyard and his incredible contribution to Canadian music by providing a current undergraduate jazz student with a scholarship in the amount of $500 for use toward their tuition. Eligible schools include Humber College, the University of Toronto, York University and Mohawk College.

Appleyard was a true giant of Canadian jazz whose commitment to music education and growing the talent of the next generation of Canadian jazz musicians endures to the present day.

Kayla Hoshizaki is a student in the Performing Music program at Humber College, embarking on her fourth year this coming September. She is a vibraphone major that has been studying with Michael Davidson for the past two years working on four-mallet techniques, improvisation, and composition.

“I am honored to have been nominated and will use this to continue to move myself forward.” says Kayla. “There is much to aspire to when looking at Peter Appleyard’s career. As a composer, musician, and aspiring pit musician, I can see a lot of my future possibilities in Peter Appleyard. He did many different things and played with many different people, which my education at Humber is helping me to achieve. I’ve already learned so much from and about this instrument, and I am keen to push the boundaries of what I already know in the interest of bringing people together.”

Most recently, Kayla and Peter Appleyard Jr. were interviewed by Brad Barker during the Afternoon Drive. Take a listen below to the full interview.