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Jazz Program

Audition Info

Auditions for the 2018/19 season are now closed. We invite you to audition for the 2019/20 season - please check back in May 2019 for further audition information.

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. 

Age Eligibility

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in a NYYS Program, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 31, 1997 and no later than November 1, 2007, inclusive. Please do not apply if your birth date falls 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 5:00-7:30pm 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. Application waivers, financial aid and work-study opportunities are available for students to recoup the Registration and Audition fees. Download the work-study and scholarship application here.

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 here.