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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, 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.

Applicants should review the guidelines on this page to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying.

You can view and download the audition excerpts here.

Audition Dates and eligibility

Jazz auditions will be held on September 28th, 29th & October 1st at the NYYS offices at 110 West 40th Street, New York, NY. All auditions will be held in-person, however, if you are not in the NYC area at the time of the auditions, please contact the NYYS office to schedule a virtual audition, which will be granted on a limited basis.

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in the 2022/2023 season, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 28, 2000 and no later than November 20, 2010, 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.

Students are required to be vaccinated and boosted with an FDA-authorized vaccine to participate in our programs.

rehearsals and clinics

NYYS Jazz will rehearse on Sundays at the NYYS offices, located at 110 West 40th Street, New York, NY.

Throughout the season, rehearsals are augmented by masterclass clinics with some of today's most eminent jazz professionals.

NYYS Jazz performs in New York City's finest jazz venues including Birdland, The Times Center, and Dizzy's Club and the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

for more information

Please check the Jazz program page for more information.