Young Women in Jazz

Are you a female musician aged 12 – 25 and would like to learn more about jazz and improvised music? Then WA Youth Jazz Orchestra wants to hear from you!

With weekly workshops at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), alumni tutors and the opportunity to perform at The Ellington Jazz Club, what more could you want?

Developed by Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and Dr. Sandy Evans OAM in 2002, the Young Women’s Jazz Workshops are specifically designed to inspire young women to play jazz and pursue a future in music.

Run in Perth since 2014, these workshops have seen young women build support networks, refine their skills and increase confidence.

DEVELOP the skills and confidence of young women in jazz and improvised music.
BROADEN knowledge of jazz and improvised music.
INCREASE awareness of career options in jazz and related areas.
ENCOURAGE students to understand audition processes and apply for tertiary jazz courses.
NURTURE and foster friendships and support networks amongst young women jazz musicians.

Registrations for this year’s Young Women In Jazz Program open on International Women’s Day, Wed 8 March, and close midnight Wed 19 April 2017.

2017 Young Women in Jazz Registration Form


WAYJO sincerely thank the following organisations for supporting the 2016 Young Women in Jazz Program:

We also sincerely thank our 2016 tutors:
Talya Valenti (drums), Gemma Farrell (sax – left), Kate Pass (bass), Alana McPherson (sax – right), and special guest Ellen Kirkwood.