We offer small and large weekly ensemble classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced middle and high school instrumentalists, giving you the chance to make music with your peers and improve your skills in the process.
Our ensembles perform in the Jazzschool Student Performance Series at the end of each quarter, and it’s totally free and open to the public. Invite your friends, family, and anyone else who loves great music to come and see you shine!
You’ll need to go through a placement audition but don’t worry; it’s just a formality to make sure you’re placed in the right ensemble for your skill level. Just follow the audition requirements and application instructions, and you’ll be on your way!
To apply for a youth ensemble or combo, please fill out the Young Musicians Program Ensemble Application or contact program director Erik Jekabson for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Musicians Program Audition Dates
Middle School and High School Ensemble auditions for Spring and Summer 2024 are available on an ongoing basis.
Auditions for the Advanced High School Jazz Workshops and Studio Band take place once a year only, before each Fall Quarter.
See below for 2024 – 2025 School Year Audition Dates.
High school and middle school combos: August 24th and 25th
Studio Band: August 17th and 18th
Advanced High School Jazz Workshop: TBA
Mon. 6:30–8 pm 4/1 – 6/3 (10 weeks) no class 5/27
Studio Band – High School Big Band
Develop technique, knowledge of jazz style, and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire.
Sat. 10–11:30 am 4/6 – 6/1 (10 weeks)
High School Funk Ensembles
Learn the classic funk hits of James Brown, Sly Stone, and others.
Weekly Various Times
High School Jazz Combos
Gain a greater understanding of jazz theory and develop improvisation skills through the study and performance of challenging jazz repertoire.
Weekly Various Times
Middle School Jazz Combos
Learn to play jazz and improvise while covering a wide repertoire from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Harris, and other jazz masters.
Mon. 4:45–6:15 pm 4/1 – 6/3 (10 weeks) no class 5/27
Advanced High School Jazz Workshops
Explore the post-bop harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal innovations of Coltrane, Shorter, Corea, Hancock, Brecker, and others in this multiple DownBeat award-winning ensemble.