Registration and audition materials for the 2023-2024 Youth Jazz season will be announced soon. All students (new and returning) must register each year for the YJ program. Stay tuned for more information!


Requirements from the 2022 – 23 Season

1.) Students will be asked to play the ascending and descending concert B-Flat major scale. (Brass: two octaves if possible).

2.) 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 “Lady Be Good”)

3.) You will be asked to perform a sight reading excerpt, to be chosen by the panel based on age/skill level.

CYJ Vocal Lab Audition Requirements 2022 – 2023:

All vocalists must audition for the CYJ Vocal Lab. Students must perform one tune from the Vocal Lab tune list. For jazz standards, scat singing/improvisation is not mandatory but highly encouraged. Please bring a lead sheet or sheet music in your key OR a backing track that you can sing along with.

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/choir director can be helpful to you as you prepare for this audition.


Saturday, May 6th

10-11:30: Saxophones

11:30am-12:30pm: Brass

12:30-2pm: Rhythm Section

Saturday, May 13th

12-1:30pm: Saxophones

1:30-2:30pm: Brass

2:30-3:30pm: Rhythm Section