Young Women in Jazz

2018 Young Women In Jazz

Are you a female musician aged 14 – 25 and would like to;
Learn more about jazz and improvised music?
Perform at the Ellington Jazz Club and work with some of Australia’s leading female jazz professionals?

Then WA Youth Jazz Orchestra wants to hear from YOU!

With workshops at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), alumnae tutors and the opportunity to perform in a special concert 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 among young women jazz musicians.

In 2018, WAYJO’s program focus is on Women in Jazz, and participants will also receive discounted ticket offers across all of our shows.

Key Dates & Details

Registrations for the 2018 Young Women In Jazz Program close midnight Friday 9 March, 2018.

Workshops begin March 17 – places are limited, so book now!

Registrations for the 8-week workshop are $200, or $150 for those who auditioned for WAYJO 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: The workshop fee is non-refundable once the workshop has commenced.

2018 Young Women in Jazz Registration Form


All workshops run Saturdays, 2.00pm to 4.30pm
WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley
March 17 & 24
April 7 & 14
May 5 (with guest tutor Ellen Kirkwood), 12, 19 & 26

Public Concert

Sunday 3 June, 6.00pm
Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Tickets $7-15 from

WAYJO sincerely thank the following organisations for supporting the 2018 Young Women in Jazz Program:

Creative Partnerships AustraliaWAYJO’s Women in Jazz 2018 Season is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1


Young Women In Jazz Tutors 2017
Young Women In Jazz Tutors 2017

Alana McPherson (sax – left), Gemma Farrell (sax – right), Kate Pass (bass), and Talya Valenti (drums)