NYJO Auditions 2015

NYJO Auditions 2015

NYJO is recruiting new members for 2015

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is very pleased to announce that it is recruiting for members for 2015. For the fourth year running, NYJO is inviting young musicians under the age of 25 with experience of playing big band jazz to apply for a chair in the band. Auditions will be held in Leeds and London in January 2014 and successful applicants would normally hold that position in the band for at least one year. You should be considering or beginning a career as a professional jazz musician.

You will work with MD Mark Armstrong on some great music and give inspiring concerts (2014 highlights include a performances at Ronnie Scotts, EFG London Jazz Festival and a tour to Germany). NYJO will help give you the training and skills for the world of professional music-making, if this is the path you choose. We will also be taking the music to a younger generation through school concerts and workshops.

“We are looking forward to auditioning potential new NYJO chair members in January. It is always great to meet new young players who are interested in getting involved with the orchestra.

Although an audition is a short amount of time to make a judgement about a player’s potential, their choice of material and ability to play it combined with sight-reading tests gives a good indication of how they might fit in the band. For some really important chairs however, a trial period may be needed to ensure the right person fills the role.

Although we rehearse in London every Saturday morning we do have the funds to help pay travel expenses to any players based away from London, should they be invited to attend regular rehearsals.

Even if you are not successful in becoming a chair with the band it is possible that you will be asked to be an “authorised deputy” which means doing some gigs with the band, provided you can attend some rehearsals. We’re excited about hearing you play!” Mark Armstrong, Artistic Director NYJO


Auditions will take place in January 2015 at Leeds College of Music on 17 January and at the London Centre of Contemporary Music in London on the 24 January.

Applications are open to all musicians aged 24 and younger who play instruments in the NYJO line-up.


To apply for an audition, please click here for an application form: Application for NYJO Audition 2015

Please email your form to info@nyjo.mrsdemo3.co.uk or post it to NYJO, 5 Vigo Street, Westminster W1S 3HD. The closing date for applications is 10.00am on 8th December 2014.

Successful applicants will be invited to audition and will be required to perform 2 contrasting pieces of their choice with a professional rhythm section provided by NYJO along with a piece of sight reading chosen by NYJO. You will be notified if you are not invited to audition.

For more experienced musicians (perhaps studying jazz at a conservatoire or beginning to work in the profession) NYJO will guarantee an audition upon personal recommendation to the NYJO Music Director by an appropriate person (such as your Head of Jazz or director of local youth jazz orchestra). Applicants should still complete and return an application form to NYJO by the closing date.

If you have any questions please contact Sean Corby, Orchestra & Academy Manager on sean@nyjo.mrsdemo3.co.uk or call 020 7494 1733.

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