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 who is a recent WAYJO graduate.

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.

WAYJO have opened applications for this position to fill July 2018 to June 2019.

Please return your completed APPLICATION FORM and support materials by Friday 4 May 2018, 9.00AM AWST.

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
PO Box 134
Maylands, WA 6931


The successful applicant will be notified by June 1, 2018. The 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 July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019.

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