• NYO Jazz

    Ages 16–19

    In the summer of 2018, gifted young jazz musicians from across the country will come together to study with and learn from world-class jazz musicians during the inaugural season of NYO Jazz. NYO Jazz gives young musicians the opportunity to perform as cultural ambassadors on an international stage and share a uniquely American musical genre with cultures around the world through an international tour each summer. Trumpet player Sean Jones, who is one of the field’s outstanding performer-composer-educators, will be the soloist and bandleader for NYO Jazz’s Carnegie Hall debut and inaugural European tour.

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    Photography: Sean Jones by Jimmy Katz, NYO-USA by Chris Lee
  • Application and Timeline

    NYO Jazz is free for all participants, including room and board and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities.

    Students from all 50 states who are US citizens or permanent residents, ages 16–19 during the period of the 2018 summer program (participants’ birthdates must be between July 1, 1998, and June 30, 2002), are invited to apply. Approximately 20–25 musicians will be accepted. Students who are enrolled full-time in a college-level conservatory or university music department with jazz performance as a major will not be eligible. Musicians may apply on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone (alto, tenor, and baritone), trumpet, trombone (tenor and bass), piano/keyboard, bass, guitar, and drums/percussion.

    Applications will be accepted beginning on September 12, 2017. Repertoire for auditions will be available in the fall. To be considered for an NYO Jazz position, students should complete the online form and submit all required supporting materials—including audition videos—by February 1, 2018. Invitations will be sent to accepted musicians on March 15, 2018.

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