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Jazz Program

Audition Info

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Program (NYYS Jazz)!

Applications for the 2019/2020 orchestra season are closed. Please check back in May 2020 for the 2020/2021 season application.

Under the direction of Andy Clausen, NYYS Jazz 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. 

We encourage each applicant to review the guidelines on this page to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying. If you have questions, please contact the NYYS office at (212) 581-5933.

Age Eligibility

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in the 2019/2020 season, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 31, 1997 and no later than November 1, 2007. 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.

Rehearsals and Performances

Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 5:00-7:30pm at Michiko Studios, located at 149 West 46th Street, New York, NY.  The first rehearsal date for the 2019/2020 season is Sunday, October 6.

The NYYS Jazz performance dates and venues for the 2019/2020 season are as follows:

Monday, December 3, 2019
Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sets at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Monday, March 9, 2020
Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sets at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Monday, May 11, 2020
7:00 PM

NYYS Jazz also presents three community concerts, two at Greenwich House Music School, and one at The Slope Lounge in Brooklyn.


A non-refundable application fee for the 2019/2020 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $110 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Financial aid and work-study opportunities are available.

What to Expect at Your Audition

Auditions will be held on September 22 and 23, 2019 at Michiko Studios (149 W 46th St Floor 3, New York, NY 10036).

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 (available here)

  2. Improvisation. Please prepare the following songs (included in excerpts):

    • 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.

Guitar and Bass applicants need to bring their own cables (amp is provided).


Excerpts for the 2019/2020 Season can be found here.