Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Awarded to: Jia-Ming Tsai

Jia-Ming Tsai

The Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute honors the great creative genius of jazz guitar, GIT founding instructor, mentor and inspiration to many thousands of musicians around the world. The inaugural and prestigious scholarship was created on the occasion of Joe Diorio’s 85th birthday and has been awarded to Jia-Ming Tsai.

A talented and versatile guitarist, Jia-Ming comes to MI from Taiwan with ten years of guitar playing experience and an interest in learning multiple musical styles with a focus on Jazz. Jia-Ming and is currently enrolled in MI’s Guitar Performance Program with a minor in Audio Engineering.

Upon learning of his award, Jia-Ming shared that “Winning this scholarship encouraged me a lot! Since it’s a Jazz scholarship, I will practice harder on Jazz!” 

He added, “I chose to study at MI because it is famous for guitar, and also I like to perform! I love the Live Performance Workshop class!”

Jia-Ming Tsai described his long term professional goals as follows, “I want to be a session player, be part of a band, and write some original songs.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Jia-Ming Tsai on winning this award that supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

Special thanks to the many donors and friends of Joe Diorio for generously sponsoring this scholarship which helps to provide talented students like Jia-Ming with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Joe Diorio

Announcing the Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute – Seeking Your Donations NOW!


In honor of the great creative genius of jazz guitar, GIT founding instructor, mentor and inspiration to many thousands of musicians around the world, we are establishing a scholarship at Musicians Institute in honor of Joe Diorio‘s recent 85th birthday and his incredible legacy.

Let’s celebrate Joe Diorio’s extraordinary contributions and show our appreciation by funding a scholarship in his honor!! We are asking for YOUR 100% tax-deductible donations (in any amount) thru our non-profit scholarship Foundation.

You’ll get an instant IRS donation acknowledgement letter, and you can donate via Credit card, PayPal or ApplePay.

Three easy steps to DONATE:

  1. Just click HERE to start, and then click the red button to donate:

2) Choose Guitar Program and Write JOE DIORIO in the COMMENTS field:

3) Enter your information and follow the prompts to donate (CC, PayPal or ApplePay).

We’ll award the Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship in Spring 2022, and we’ll be sure to let you know a bit about the winner. The amount of the scholarship award depends on YOUR DONATIONS…please give generously today!

Here are some vintage MI-related images of Joe, please enjoy:

Early’s 1980’s MI faculty: Joe Diorio, Pat Martino, Tommy Tedesco, Howard Roberts, Carl Schroeder, Back row: Don Mock, ?, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Les Wise, Ron Eschete, Robben Ford, Paul Farnen:


Celebration for the book “TEN” w/Les Wise, Pat Hicks and Howard Roberts 1982:

1983 Joe’s Office at GIT:

Three Joes (Diorio, Brancato, Pass) & Bob Magnusson:

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