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Jazz Program

Program Overview

Under the direction of Andy Clausen, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band is a 17-member swing 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.

Jazz Program

Guest Artists

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. These performances have featured renowned soloists including Arturo O’FarrillWycliffe GordonStefon HarrisTed NashMaria SchneiderJane MonheitJoe LovanoSteve TurreVictor GoinesSlide HamptonJimmy HeathJoe LockeEric ReedLew Soloff, and Frank Wess, giving students a chance to play alongside today’s most exciting professional musicians.

Jazz Program


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.

Jazz Excerpts

Prepare for your Auditions

Below you will find the excerpts to download for your audition. Please prepare all excerpts in the package.


Nyys Alto Sax Audition Packet
Nyys bari sax Audition Packet
Nyys Bass Audition Packet
Nyys Brass Trombone Audition Packet
Nyys Drums Audition Packet
Nyys Guitar Audition Packet
Nyys Lead Trumpet Audition Packet
Nyys Piano Audition Packet
Nyys Tenor Sax Audition Packet
Nyys Trombone Audition Packet
Nyys Trumpet Audition Packet

Jazz Program

Jazz Staff

Jazz Program

Board of Advisors

  • Gary Giddins
  • Jimmy Heath (In memoriam)
  • Ryan Keberle
  • Joe Locke
  • Rufus Reid
  • Ted Rosenthal
  • Loren Schoenberg
  • Steven D. Shaiman, Trustee Chair
  • Chris Winans

Lastest jazz Videos

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NYYS Jazz: Tempus Fugit



NYYS Jazz - Portrait of Louis Armstrong with Sean Jones, trumpet



NYYS Jazz: A Night in Tunisia

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