Registration and audition materials for the 2023-2024 Youth Jazz season have been announced. All students (new and returning) must register each year for the YJ program. We look forward to seeing you at your audition!


Requirements for the 2023 – 24 Season

NOTE: A May 2023 audition is encouraged, but NOT required, for students interested in the CYJ Lab program. A spring audition will help us make recommendations for you, from private lessons to big band experiences and summer music-making options.

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 “What is This Thing Called Love”)

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 2023 – 2024:

All vocalists must audition for the CYJ Vocal Lab. Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 10th, 2023.

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 & Flutes

11:30am-12:30pm: Brass

12:30-2pm: Rhythm Section

Saturday, May 13th

12-1:30pm: Saxophones & Flutes

1:30-3:00pm: Brass

3:00-4:00pm: Rhythm Section