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

Spring 2015 Audition Information and Dates

Spring 2015 Audition Requriements


Click here to sign up for a May 2015 Spring Large Ensemble Audition!

 

Private Lessons

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

2015-2016 Calendar

SEPTEMBER               
12     YJO rehearsals begin
19     YJO rehearsals
26     YJO rehearsal


OCTOBER
3      YJO rehearsal.
10     YJO rehearsal
17     YJO rehearsal
24    YJO rehearsal
31    YJO rehearsal


NOVEMBER
7      YJO rehearsal
14    YJO rehearsal
21    YJO rehearsal
28    NO YJO REHEARSAL
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

DECEMBER
5      YJO rehearsal
12    YJO rehearsal
18    YJO Concert 7:30pm Brown Hall
        Call time TBA

DEC 19-JAN 8 NO YJO REHEARSALS

JANUARY
9      YJO rehearsal
16    YJO rehearsal   
23     YJO rehearsal
30     YJO rehearsal

FEBRUARY
6      YJO rehearsal
13     NO YJO REHEARSAL
20     YJO rehearsal
27    YJO rehearsal

MARCH
5       YJO rehearsal
12     NO YJO REHEARSAL
19     YJO rehearsal
26     YJO rehearsal

APRIL
2      YJO rehearsal
9      YJO rehearsal
16     YJO rehearsal
23    YJO rehearsal
30    YJO rehearsal

MAY
8-20     Large Ensemble Auditions
7     YJO rehearsal
11    YJO Concert 7:30pm 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

 

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