KANSAS CITY AREA YOUTH JAZZ
2023 SEASON CALENDAR
2024 SEASON FELLOWSHIPS
February 18, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
2024 SEASON FELLOWSHIP MATRIX
- 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 may additionally perform during paid performances in the greater KC area community.
- Commitment to attend all rehearsals, recording sessions, and performances is required.
- The season culminates in recording an album in a professional recording studio that’s subsequently released worldwide on a professional record label.
- Fellowships are merit-based applied Jazz studies scholarships. There is no participation fee or tuition for the next generation artists who pass the audition and are accepted.
2024 SEASON FELLOWSHIP QUALIFICATIONS
THE KANSAS CITY AREA YOUTH JAZZ AUDITION 🎵
We ask prospective fellows to prepare:
- (1) a Jazz standard with improvisation,
- (2) Improvise over the F blues form, and
- (3) Play all 12 major scales in 60 seconds.
- (4) We conduct a personal interview that requires a commitment to attending all rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions.
- Drum Set candidates must demonstrate the ability to play all styles and grooves common to Jazz music.
Auditions for a Youth Jazz Fellowship are purposely rigorous musically to fill the limited number of individual ensemble positions with qualified artists.
- We accept the best qualified candidates who audition for fellowships each season. And, if you are interested in participating in the Kansas City Area Youth Jazz program but need to further refine and develop competencies and skills in the above audition areas, don’t let that stop you from trying – we encourage all developing next generation artists to practice and also study with a qualified applied jazz music teacher privately.
- We also recommend participating in the other great independent KC-based private jazz developmental programs like: Kansas City Jazz Academy, 5 Star Jazz Band, etc.
- Thanks for your interest in Youth Jazz.
TECHNICAL NOTE: We use the iRealPro app for backing Horn Players, Pianists, Bassists, and Drummers.
Here’s the link to our website where you can learn more about the copyrighted Kansas City Area Youth Jazz program model 🔗 https://YOUTHJAZZ.US