Proudly supported by the Simon Lee Foundation, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) Assistant Musical Director program offers a mentoring traineeship for a young and emerging musical director.

The program offers the opportunity to develop skills in conducting a large orchestral band, programming repertoire for an 18-piece big band, and developing the leadership skills required to inspire and enhance the skills and experience of band members.

Based on the core values of opportunity, innovation, inspiration and excellence, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra’s vision is to provide unparalleled opportunities for emerging Australian jazz musicians and composers, equipping them with the skills and confidence to:

  • Make great art;
  • Be future innovators and leaders;
  • Captivate and inspire audiences;
  • Connect with and strengthen communities; and
  • Invigorate and enrich society.

By offering artistic and industry expertise and world-class rehearsal and performance opportunities, WAYJO provides a framework for emerging jazz musicians and composers to become successful professionals.

Experienced musicians aged 18-years or over are invited to apply for this position, which runs at the WAYJO studio in Maylands Western Australia.

Application dates for 2021 should be announced will be in the half of the year. Please sign up to eNews to stay informed.


2020 Application Details: The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 23 August, 2019 – and that applicant has 5 business days to accept the position. Should the applicant not accept within the allotted time frame, the position will be offered to another applicant.

The applicant will sign a one-year contract as an employee of WAYJO and will abide by all WAYJO policies as a member of staff. Term of employment is September 1, 2019 to December 31 2020. Applicants are required to be aged 18 years or over as of September 2019.

WAYJO is happy to provide feedback regarding applications; however, decisions regarding the offer of the role are final and will not be reconsidered.