YJO Saxophones in ConcertBob Nieske, Director

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 Bob Nieske, who is also a member of the New England Conservatory College faculty. The ensemble rehearses on Saturday afternoons, 3–5 PM, beginning in September, and is open to pre-college-age trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion players.


Spring 2017 Audition Information and Dates

Spring 2017 Audition Requirements

Click here to sign up for a Spring 2017 Spring Large Ensemble Audition!

2016-2017 Concerts

December 16, 2016
Youth Jazz Orchestra at NEC's Brown Hall, 7:00 PM

May 10, 2017
Youth Jazz Orchestra at NEC's Jordan Hall, 7:30 PM

2016-2017 Calendar


17           YJO rehearsals begin
24           YJO rehearsals 

1             YJO rehearsal
8             YJO rehearsal
15           YJO rehearsal
22           YJO rehearsal
29           YJO rehearsal

5             YJO rehearsal
12           YJO rehearsal
19           YJO rehearsal
26           NO YJO rehearsal – Thanksgiving Break 

3             YJO rehearsal
10           YJO rehearsal
16           Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:00 PM, Brown Hall
               Call Time TBA

December 17 – January 6: NO YJO rehearsals – Winter Break

7             YJO rehearsal
14           YJO rehearsal
21           YJO rehearsal
28           YJO rehearsal

4             YJO rehearsal
11           YJO rehearsal
18           NO YJO rehearsal – February Break
25           YJO rehearsal

4             YJO rehearsal
11           NO YJO rehearsal – Spring Break
18           YJO rehearsal
25           YJO rehearsal

1             YJO rehearsal
8             YJO rehearsal
15           YJO rehearsal
22           YJO rehearsal
29           YJO rehearsal

6              YJO rehearsal
10            Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30 PM, Jordan Hall
                Call time TBA

*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

Still have questions?

Please contact Cassandra McBride, Program Manager, or call the Prep Office at (617) 585-1160.