2019 AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED

Thanks for your interest in participating in the audition process for a KC Area Youth Jazz Fellowship. As of January 2, 2019, auditions are closed for the 2019 season. You may submit a request to be placed on our list for the 2020 season. All the best!

SCHOLARSHIP

YOUTH JAZZ is a private music education firm specializing in teaching the art of jazz ensemble performance and the craft of jazz improvisation to youth artists.

JAZZ OCTET

YOUTH JAZZ is comprised of student musicians who are among the top jazz artists of their generation. Members are determined by audition.

REPERTOIRE

YOUTH JAZZ repertoire consists of creative arrangements of jazz masterworks and commissioned compositions. Seasons are recorded on the ARC label.

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2019 KCAYJ FELLOWSHIPS

The 2019 KCAYJ Fellowships will be offered to the 8 individual artists selected by audition. The instrumentation for the KCAYJ Fellows Octet is (1) alto saxophone, (2) tenor saxophone, (3) trumpet, (4) trombone, (5) guitar, (6) piano, (7) bass, (8) drums.
Each of the 8 sponsored KCAYJ Fellowship Chairs will be supported by an *alternate or substitute artist if enough qualified applicants have submitted auditions. *Alternates and Substitute Artists will rehearse in order to learn the same repertoire and concert material as the KCAYJ Fellows in order to be prepared to perform. So, there could potentially be as many as 16 YOUTH JAZZ artists selected for KCAYJ participation this season.

BECOMING A KCAYJ FELLOW

YOUTH JAZZ will announce the individual names and respective instruments of current fellows along with their home city or town.

Significant music educators like band directors and private instructors will also be acknowledged.

KCAYJ appreciates the fact that most of the leading jazz artists working in the field today significantly benefited from the collective efforts of the entire jazz community.

We believe it is important for balance and perspective to acknowledge the involvement of our music educator colleagues who teach and mentor KCAYJ FELLOWS.

Use our inquiry form to sign up for an audition packet.

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