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Youth Jazz Orchestra


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Audition Registration


Fall auditions for the 2021-22 Season are now open. Students interested in participating should fill out the form above. Auditions will be by video recording only. Please upload your recording to YouTube or other online site that can be accessed by multiple people (Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.). Please email YouthJazzOrchestra@artisnaples.org with the video link when you have uploaded your audition recording. Recordings will need to be received by Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The fee for the audition is $15 for those who are not currently a member of other youth ensemble groups at Artis—Naples.

The NPYJO accepts students between the ages of 12 and 17. For additional information, please email YouthJazzOrchestra@artisnaples.org.

Audition Materials

Blues Improvisation
Students will be asked to improvise over a medium tempo B-flat concert blues:

  • Trombone, piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone: B-Flat blues
  • Trumpet and tenor saxophone: C blues
  • Alto and baritone saxophones: G blues

Solo Piece
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 will be asked to comp and create own voicings from chord changes (not required to participate)
  • Bass will be asked to walk and create own bass line from chord changes (not required to participate)
  • Drums are asked to demonstrate swing and Latin styles (bossa nova and Afro-Cuban)


Annual tuition for the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra is $275. The one-time music fee is $35. Some scholarships are available.

The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra (NPYJO) celebrates its seventh year in 2021-22. 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. Led by Dan Miller, trumpeter for the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra, 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.

Dan Miller

Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra Director

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The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra performs each season on the Artis—Naples Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus.

2021-22 Season Concerts:

  Fall Concert
     December 12, 2021 • 7pm

  Winter Concert
     February 17, 2022 • 7pm

  Spring Concert
     May 22, 2022 • 5pm

In order to participate in Naples Philharmonic Youth Ensembles, students must agree to follow all Artis—Naples COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of each event, which may include, but are not limited to: social distancing, facemasks and proof of recent negative COVID test and/or vaccination.


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