Registration for the Fall 2020 semester of the Columbus Youth Jazz program is now open.

Note: The previously scheduled auditions for our traditional Youth Jazz program on September 5th and 6th have been postponed for this semester.


Virtual auditions for the online fall semester will occur by submission prior to September 13th, and we hope to conduct live auditions for the spring semester at a later date. Vocal students do not need to submit an audition for the fall semester.

We are asking that all instrumental students submit an audio OR video audition recording by September 7th. Please perform a piece that accurately demonstrates your abilities on your instrument. Consider trying the pieces that were prepared for our original Youth Jazz auditions if you are unsure of what to play. These pieces are linked below.

You may submit your recording by clicking the “Submit Audition” button below. Please note that you will need to be logged into a Google account to access the form.

If you are unable to submit your audition, please reach out to Mary Manos, Jazz Academy Coordinator at to schedule a time to audition “live” on Zoom during the 9/13 Youth Jazz session.

Audition Information

Audition Advice:

We look forward to hearing you play and want you to have a successful audition and experience. As you play through your audition, we will be listening/watching for the following:

  • Your sound and tone/touch
  • Your ability to read music
  • Ability to demonstrate a jazz or swing feel
  • Knowledge of basic scales
  • Basic knowledge of counting and playing rhythms (16th notes, triplets. etc.)

Your private music instructor and/or band director can be helpful to you as you prepare for this audition.

Audition Requirements:

Choose ONE selection from the following etudes. Students will be asked to perform the song two times through (take the repeat): First time: play the written melody, Second time: perform an improvised solo. When in doubt about improvising on the song, simply restate the melody, utilizing new rhythms and variations!

Level 1 – for beginning/intermediate instrumentalists

(based on the 12-bar blues in the key of concert F)

Level 2 – for intermediate/advanced instrumentalists

(based on the standard jazz song “In a Mellow Tone”, written by Duke Ellington)