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Youth Jazz Orchestra


Auditions

Audition Registration

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NPYJO audition registration for the 2024-25 season is now open. Auditions for winds/brass will take place on August 14 and auditions for rhythm section will take place on August 21.

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 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 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)

Rehearsals

The Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra normally rehearses on Wednesday from 4-7pm.

Tuition

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 tenth year in 2024-25. Nearly 25 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.

Brandon Robertson

Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra Director

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Concerts

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

2024-25 Season
Concert Performances:

 

Concerts for the 2024-25 season will be announced this summer.

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