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Youth Jazz Orchestra Details

Students will audition to be selected and placed in orchestras and combos.

The faculty-mentors are all professional jazz musicians and experienced educators with individual focus (expertise) on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, bass, and piano.

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:

  1. The Jazz Orchestra will serve as the program’s flagship performing ensemble.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 two concert cycles:

Cycle 1   February 15 – March 9

Cycle 2   April 5 – May 10

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.

Key Dates:

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

Audition Details

For additional details on audition requirements, follow the link below.

Audition Details

Tuition may be paid in full or broken into installments due at the start of each cycle.


Needs-based Scholarships

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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Phone: (512) 327-JAZZ (5299)

Address: P.O. Box 170141

Austin, TX 78717

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