Auditions for the 2023-24 season of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra have concluded, but open positions are still available for the following instruments:
The NPYJO accepts students between the ages of 12 and 17. For additional information, please email YouthJazzOrchestra@artisnaples.org.
Students will be asked to improvise over a medium tempo concert blues:
- Trombone, piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone: B-Flat blues
- Trumpet and tenor saxophone: C blues
- Alto and baritone saxophones: G blues
Students should prepare a solo piece of choice. Examples include:
- Play the melody and/or improvise on a standard tune
- Play the melody and/or improvise on a jazz original
- Play the melody on a ballad
- Play a solo transcription
- Play a jazz etude
Rhythm Section Addendum (piano, guitar, bass, drums):
- Piano and guitar students who are able will be asked to comp and create their own voicings from chord changes (not required for acceptance)
- Bass students who are able will be asked to walk and create a bass line from chord changes (not required for acceptance)
- Drums are asked to demonstrate swing and Latin styles (bossa nova and Afro-Cuban)
The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra normally rehearses on Wednesday from 4-6pm.
Annual tuition for the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra is $350. Some scholarships are available.
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The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra (NPYJO) celebrates its ninth year in 2023-24. Nearly 20 students from Lee and Collier counties participate in the NPYJO each season, where they learn jazz techniques and styles in a big band setting.
The NPYJO is an educational ensemble that has grown out of the success of the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra and the All That Jazz series. The NPYJO studies the repertoire and arrangements of jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra Director
The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra performs each season on the Artis—Naples Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus.
December 6, 2023 • 7pm
March 7, 2024 • 7pm
May 19, 2024 • 3pm