Ken Schaphorst with NEC Youth Jazz OrchestraKen Schaphorst, Director

Harrison Honor, YJO Student Manager

The Youth Jazz Orchestra is a new ensemble that debuted in September 2008 at the NEC Preparatory School. Since then they have been recognized as one of the Preparatory School's premier large ensembles and were showcased at the 2009 and 2010 Feast of Music. YJO has also been featured as part of Boston's First Night Celebrations for First Night 2010-2012. Having given their Jordan Hall Debut on June 2, 2009, YJO performs in NEC's Jordan Hall on a yearly basis and also gives performances in Brown Hall.

The Orchestra is directed by celebrated jazz artist Ken Schaphorst, who chairs NEC's college jazz studies department and directs the college-level jazz orchestra. The ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9 PM, beginning in September, and is open to pre-college-age trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion players.

Auditions

YJO auditions will take place on May 9 and May 16, 2014. To sign up for an audition please click here.

Private Lessons

Private jazz lessons can begin at anytime. For more information on how to enroll in private lessons through NEC Prep, click here.

2014-2015 Calendar

SEPTEMBER               
13    YJO rehearsals begin
20    YJO rehearsal
27    YJO rehearsal

OCTOBER
4      YJO rehearsal
11    YJO rehearsal
18    YJO rehearsal
25    YJO rehearsal

NOVEMBER
1      YJO rehearsal
8      YJO rehearsal
15    YJO rehearsal
22    YJO rehearsal
29    NO YJO REHEARSAL
        HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

DECEMBER
6     YJO rehearsal
12   YJO Concert 7:30pm Brown Hall
       Call Time 5pm

DEC 13-JAN 9 NO YJO REHEARSALS

JANUARY
10    YJO rehearsal
17    YJO rehearsal   
24    YJO rehearsal
31    YJO rehearsal

FEBRUARY
7       YJO rehearsal
14     NO YJO REHEARSAL
21     YJO rehearsal
28     YJO rehearsal

MARCH
7       YJO rehearsal
14     NO YJO REHEARSAL
21     YJO rehearsal
28     YJO rehearsal

APRIL
4       YJO rehearsal
11     YJO rehearsal
18     YJO rehearsal
25     YJO rehearsal

MAY
3 -17   Large Ensemble Auditions
2        YJO rehearsal
9        YJO rehearsal
16      YJO rehearsal
19      YJO Concert 7:30pm Jordan Hall
          Call Time 5pm

 *All dates are subject to change

Absence Requests

Please submit an Absence Request Form to the ensemble manager. Requests need to be submitted at least two weeks before the date of absence. We urge you to submit requests as soon as you know about them so that there is plenty of time for them to be approved. All absences must be approved by the NEC Prep Office, prior to the absence date.

You may submit it in using one of the following methods:

  • Print and hand deliver to the Prep Office at 241 St. Botolph Street, Room SB 120.
  • Fax your form to (617) 585-1135 attn: Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Mail to: NEC Preparatory School attn: Youth Jazz Orchestra, 290, Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5018

 

2014-07-14


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