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Youth Jazz Orchestra

Bob Nieske, Director
Jeffrey Leonard, Assistant Director

The Youth Jazz Orchestra 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 were 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.


Auditions for YJO are held each May for the following academic year. We begin scheduling May auditions in March of each year.

Click here to sign up for a Spring YJO Audition!

2017-2018 Concerts

December 15, 2017
Youth Jazz Orchestra at NEC's Brown Hall, 7:30 PM
Swing Dance Concert

May 9, 2018
Youth Jazz Orchestra at NEC's Jordan Hall, 7:30 PM
Battle of the Bands with NEC Jazz Orchestra

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


This is the 2017-2018 calendar for YJO including all rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and performance dates.

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Still have questions?

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