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.

Auditions

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

2018-2019 Concerts

December 14, 2018
Youth Jazz Orchestra at NEC's Brown Hall, 8:00 PM

May 22, 2019
Youth Jazz Orchestra at NEC's Jordan Hall, 7:30 PM

For Current Students

Calendar

2018 - 2019 Youth Jazz Orchestra Calendar

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Attendance

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