The Regina Fraser Fund for Jazz Education

Regina Fraser served as Chair of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. In 2004, Regina had also served on the MusicAlive! board of directors, the arts education organization that preceded the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

Her passion for jazz, music education, and other cultures began early as her jazz musician father, Rex Stewart, played trumpet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra and traveled worldwide. Her friendship and service to Chicago Jazz Philharmonic was deeply connected to her desire to pass on the legacy of her father.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic is honored to celebrate Regina Fraser’s legacy of musical spirit and generosity through this fund which will ensure a bright future for young musicians across our culturally vibrant city. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to be made to the Regina Fraser Fund for Jazz Education. The Fund is earmarked to support Chicago Jazz Philharmonic's four pillars of education programming for growth and cultivation of young musicians, locally and abroad, in the coming year:

  • Jazz Alive: in-school program targeting schools in under-resourced communities with little to no music programs.
  • Jazz Academy: an extension of the “Jazz Alive” program, Jazz Academy is the most accessible summer music program in the city, with low tuition rates and scholarship assistance.
  • Danish Scholarship for Private Lessons and Mentoring: Danish Scholars are identified from CJP’s Jazz Alive and Jazz Academy programs as exceptionally talented students who could not otherwise afford private lessons.
  • International Exchange and Residencies: forging partnerships with university orchestras around the world, so far Cuba and Poland, to create long-lasting exchange opportunities for cross-cultural training and performing in jazz and classical 'third stream' genres.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic is honored to celebrate Regina Fraser's legacy of musical spirit and generosity through this fund which will ensure a bright future for young musicians across our culturally vibrant city. Thank you for your support.

Contributions (designated to: Regina Fraser Fund for Jazz Education) can be made on-line or mailed to: Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, 1111 N. Wells, Ste. 501, Chicago, IL 60610.