Join one of the most action-packed music-making programs for teens in Ohio!

Whether you’re a high school student looking for a high-level community music program or a middle school student looking to develop your musical voice, the Columbus Youth Jazz program at the Jazz Academy is the place to be! Each ensemble rehearses weekly and offers a variety of performances, guest artist workshops, free CJO tickets, recording sessions, and more during the season.


Auditions for the CYJ program are held in the spring each year and students are placed in one of four ensembles, including the nationally renowned Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra. Additionally, any student can join the 8-week CYJ Lab in the spring and fall; simply sign up and join us for 8 weeks of jazz! No audition is required for participation in the CYJ Lab.

JAG’s Youth Jazz program consists of the following:

Interested in joining the program? Click below for audition information as well as important student/guardian resources for participating students.

JAG’s Youth Jazz program receives support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts CouncilPlante Moran, and individual contributions from program supporters. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Jazz Academy.

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