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.

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New England Conservatory's Youth Jazz Orchestra led by Ken Schaphorst performs Tito Puente's classic "Oye Como Va" live in Jordan Hall.


Applications open April 15, 2024.  


Jeru - Gerry Mulligan 

If You Were the Only Girl in the World - Ayer/Gray

Lindyhopper's Delight - McRae/Barefield

Tippin In - Smith/Symes

In the Mood - Manone/Garland 

Sing Sing Sing - Luis Prima 

Don’t Be That Way - Benny Goodman 

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You - Washington/Bassman 

Lady Be Good - George and Ira Gershwin 

Happy Hooligan - Gerry Mulligan 

Song of India - Tommy Dorsey 

Perdido - Lengsfelder/Drake/Tizol

For Current Students


2023-2024 Youth Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal Calendar

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Attendance is required at all regularly scheduled classes, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. The full attendance policy may be reviewed here.

Still have questions?

Please contact the Prep Office via email or at (617) 585-1160.