The Columbus Youth Jazz Girls Project is a month-long music-making program that celebrates female musicians who are dedicated to their music. During each session, we will develop our skills as an ensemble while exploring jazz improvisation and soloing, creating a fun and encouraging space for students to build confidence and courage. Featuring special guest artists and educators, the CYJ Girls Project will focus on musical topics such as jazz improvisation, ensemble techniques, and important females in jazz history. We’ll also explore non-musical topics such as developing confidence, becoming a leader in your school music program and more.
The CYJ Girls Project is open to female (and female-identified) instrumentalists in grades 7-12 with a minimum of two years experience on their instrument. During the first session, a brief informal placement audition will be held to help us configure the ensemble most appropriately.
Jazz Arts Group is dedicated to developing and furthering females in jazz, improvisation, and music making all around. We believe it is important to foster a community of females in this industry, as it has been a male dominating field for quite some time. We aim to give females an opportunity to learn, take risks, and develop their skills while normalizing a female dominated environment in jazz.
This program is in collaboration with educator and saxophonist Mercedes Chomos, during Women’s History Month as a way to honor past women in jazz and upcoming female leaders.
Dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Location: Jazz Academy – 769 E. Long St (4th Floor) Columbus, OH 43203
Performance Schedule: March 31st – time and location TBD
Attendance policy: Students may miss one rehearsal during the month, but must be able to attend the March 31st performance in order to participate.
This program is subject to the same COVID protocols and procedures as our Columbus Youth Jazz program. Learn more here.