More About the Columbus Youth Jazz Program:
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.
Instrumentalists are placed in one of four ensembles, including the nationally renowned Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra and/or the Columbus Youth Jazz Lab. Students who are interested in any of our youth jazz ensembles, including the CYJ Lab should plan on preparing the posted audition materials. Students in grades 7-12 are open to audition for the CYJ program.
The CYJ program has expanded to include the CYJ Vocal Lab, which meets on Sundays alongside the instrumental ensembles. Participants learn the ins and outs of singing jazz, including technique, style, improvisation and band-leading and have a final performance each semester where they get to sing with a live rhythm section.