We conduct rigorous auditions for Fellowships in February and announce the selections in March each year. Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings during our season of April, May, June, and July with no rehearsals on Labor Day or Fourth of July weekends. Youth Jazz Fellows perform a Showcase Concert in July and also perform paid performances in the greater KC area community. Commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances is required. The season culminates in recording an album in a professional recording studio that’s released worldwide on a professional record label.

We are pleased to announce a grant from the Metzler-Copaken Initiative to Expand the Performing Arts in Kansas City to Kansas City Area Youth Jazz. Your project, 2024 Kansas City Area Youth Jazz Summer Showcase, was awarded funding in the amount of $4,500.00. This amount will be credited to the Folly Theater rental costs associated with your event.

Photograph: “The Folly at Dusk” by Duane Hallock.