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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:

  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.
Students will participate in all four (4) concert cycles:

Cycle 1   January 25 – February 27

Cycle 2   March 6 – April 17

Cycle 3   April 24 – May 22

Cycle 4   June 12 – 17 (concentrated session meeting daily)


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 1, 2023

Auditions will be held January 14, 2023

Students will be notified January 15-16, 2023

First tuition payment due January 20, 2023

First Concert Cycle begins January 25, 2023


Submit an Audition Application


Tuition:
Tuition for all four concert cycles is $1,200.
Tuition may be paid in full or broken into four installments at $310 each, 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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