Youth Jazz Orchestra Details
Students will audition to be selected and placed in orchestras and combos. Forty-two (42) students will be selected for two orchestras and eight combos.
The seven (7) member faculty-mentors are all professional jazz musicians and experienced educators with individual focus (expertise) on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, bass, piano and guitar.
Meet the Faculty
The program includes four concert cycles with emphasis on Jazz music that values Swing, The Blues, and Jazz culture & tradition as fundamental principles of the music.
Weekly instruction consists of three (3) components:
- The Jazz Orchestra will serve as the program’s flagship performing ensemble.
- Jazz Combos will be formed from the YJO. Students will have an opportunity to develop skills in small ensemble playing, Jazz improvisation, performance etiquette, as well as leadership.
- Studio Classes will deliver a well-defined and informative curriculum that focuses on developing several aspects of Jazz musicianship including: swing, phrasing, aural skills, improvisation, technique, theory, listening, transcription, repertoire, and history. The curriculum will be delivered by the faculty-mentors in studio classes.
Selected students will participate in all three (3) concert cycles:
Cycle 1 February 15 – March 9
Cycle 2 April 5 – May 10
Cycle 3 June 12 – June 17 (concentrated session meeting daily - schedule tentative)
The YJO program will meet Wednesdays 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
This program will be conducted at the Butler School of Music on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.
Applications are due by January 13 5:00 p.m., 2023
Auditions will be held January 14, 2023
Students will be notified January 15-16, 2023
First tuition payment due February 8, 2023
First Concert Cycle begins February 15, 2023
Submit an Audition Application
For additional details on audition requirements, follow the link below.
Tuition may be paid in full or broken into installments due at the start of each cycle.
Support Youth Jazz Orchestra:
The success of this program will require participation and support from students, parents, educators, donors and sponsors. We invite everyone to play a part in the success of the Austin Youth Jazz Orchestra. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution and/or becoming a sponsor.
Austin YJO Contributor ($1 – 99)
Austin YJO Supporter ($100 – 1,199)
Austin YJO Tuition Sponsor ($1,200 – 4,999)
Austin YJO Project Sponsor ($5,000 or more)
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