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Jazz Program

Audition Info

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Program.

Under the direction of Andy Clausen, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band is a 17-member jazz ensemble dedicated to studying, rehearsing, and performing classic big band jazz music. Modeled on the bands of the 1930's and 1940's, the Jazz Program preserves this heritage and, keeping with jazz traditions, incorporates it into the current and emerging styles that define the genre for the present generation. 

Audition Dates

Auditions for the 2018/19 season are now open. The audition application form can be found here:

Before you Apply

Age Eligibility

In order to participate in a NYYS Program, the applicant's birthdate must fall between November 20, 2006 and May 29, 1996, inclusive. Please do not apply if you are outside of these dates as you will not be eligible for the program and we are not able to refund your application fee.

Program Guidelines

We encourage each applicant to review the Jazz Program Musician Guidelines to make sure that you can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying. You can also find details about the program on the Jazz Program page

Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

Rehearsals are held most Sundays from 6:00-8:30pm at the Michiko Studios, located at 149 West 46th Street, New York, NY.  


A non-refundable application fee for the 2018-2019 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $100 Registration Fee upon acceptance into the program. Work study subsidies are available. Please contact the administrative office if you are intersted in work study opportunities.

What to Expect at Your Audition

Auditions are ten minutes in length. A warm up room is available ten minutes prior to your audition time.

Your audition will consist of the following:

  1. Excerpts (link below)

  2. Improvisation. Please prepare the following songs, which are included in the audition packets below:

    • Jerome Kern: "All The Things You Are"

    • Charlie Parker: "Billie's Bounce"

  3. Sight reading.

If you wish to be considered for an auxiliary instrument, please prepare an additional excerpt of your choice. Flute and clarinet are desirable as auxiliary instruments.

Drum applicants need to bring their own Cymbals, Universal Clutch, and sticks.


Excerpts for the 2018/2019 Season can be found below: