Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop (CYJW) is a jazz ensemble experience for students in middle through high school. Founded in 2016 to accommodate a high number of talented new students, the CYJW is designed for a flexible number of instrumentalists and a wider range of jazz repertoire to suit the needs of this unique configuration. Led by Zach Compston (Jazz Arts Group Director of Education and Community Engagement), the CYJW provides in-depth instruction in improvisation and jazz style, important jazz artists and recordings. Students who participate in the CYJW will leave with new skills and musical confidence to take back to their school band program. The CYJW is open to saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar and drums.
The CYJW rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Jazz Academy, 769 East Long Street in the Lincoln Theatre complex, and performs two to three concerts each year.