Columbus Youth Jazz Program

Sign up for the 2016-17 Columbus Youth Jazz Program! Audition materials for the 16-17 season will be available soon. Check back at this page for updated information as it becomes available, or e-mail Zach Compston at with any questions.

About the Columbus Youth Jazz Program:

The mission of the Jazz Arts Group is to advance and celebrate the art of jazz through performance and education. Our youth jazz program fulfills this mission by providing the opportunity for students in grades 7 – 12 to participate in one of three outstanding learning and performing ensembles as well as an 8-week jazz immersion program. Each ensemble rehearses weekly and offers a variety of performances and other educational activities each season.

JAG’s Youth Jazz program consists of the following:

Should you successfully audition for a position on one of JAG’s three ensembles, the following opportunities and expectations are available to participants and their families:

  • The Jazz Arts Group supports music education in the schools and cooperates with the music education community – all Youth Jazz members are expected to be actively participating in their school music program(s).
  • Youth Jazz participants must fully commit to the ensemble’s rehearsal and performance schedule.
  • Youth Jazz participants receive free admission to all Columbus Jazz Orchestra Swingin’ with the CJO performances; family members receive a buy one/get one free offer for Swingin’ with the CJO performances.
  • Youth Jazz participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of performance and educational activities and to work with prominent local, regional and national musicians.
  • Youth Jazz participants are community partners of the Jazz Academy and receive discounted registration on all Jazz Academy classes, workshops and events.

Columbus Youth Jazz Audition Information:

Auditions for the 2016-17 Columbus Youth Jazz program will take place in September 2016. Official dates and times will be announced in April 2016.

Download the application packet (2015-16 season) here along with the audition charts:

JAG’s Youth Jazz program receives support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council and Plante & Moran, and individual contributions from program supporters.