Become a WAYJO Musician

Want to explore different musical styles, or simply enjoy meeting and performing with people around your own age? Whether you aspire to be a professional jazz musician or composer, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) has something to offer you!

WAYJO is widely regarded as Australia’s leading youth jazz orchestra. For 35 years, WAYJO have been providing inspiration and opportunity to outstanding young jazz musicians from Western Australia and beyond.

In 2018, WAYJO Members:

  • Performed alongside internationally-acclaimed guest artists Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet), Alex Silver (trombone), Julian Argüelles (saxophone) and Migiwa Miyajima (piano) in packed-out shows at His Majesty’s Theatre;
  • Participated in the 2018 Composer-in-Residence Program at King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, with the WAYJO WNO premiering new works by Composer-in-Residence Tim Newhouse, and Associate Composer-in-Residence Max Wickham;
  • Performed a season of exciting theatrical shows with Helpmann Award winning performer iOTA at the FringeWorld Festival;
  • Toured regional Western Australia to the Goldfields-Wheatbelt (Northam, Kalgoorlie, Merredin & Narrogin) and Midwest (Moora, Geraldton & Dongara);
  • Toured internationally to Japan as part of our Music Exchange program with Showa University, and to the USA as part of Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony program;
  • Performed and conducted workshops for the Act-Belong-Commit Education Program visiting metropolitan, outer-metropolitan and regional schools;
  • Presented the Jazz for Juniors program, introducing 4-7 year olds to jazz music and instruments at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth;
  • Performed for sizeable audiences at Venues, Festivals, Community and Corporate Events across Perth.

All player positions are vacated at the end of each year. A total of fifty-four places are available within the three orchestras – the Monday Night Orchestra, Tuesday Night Orchestra, Wednesday Night Orchestra – each consisting of the following instrumentation:

  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone (2)
  • Baritone Saxophone (1)
  • Trumpet (4)
  • Trombone (3)
  • Bass Trombone (1)
  • Guitar (1)
  • Bass (1)
  • Piano (1)
  • Drums (1)
  • Vocals (1)

2019 WAYJO Audition Applications open Wednesday 1 August, 9.00am
and close Monday 12 November, 11.59pm – if not filled prior!

Audition Dates: Auditions are approximately 15 minutes in duration, and allocated on a first come first served basis – so register early!
Thursday 29 November, 2018 | 4.00pm – 9.00pm – SOLD OUT!
Friday 30 November, 2018 | 4.00pm – 9.00pmSOLD OUT!
Saturday 1 December, 2018 | 9.00am – 6.30pm – SOLD OUT!
Sunday 2 December, 2018 | 9.00am – 6.30pm – SOLD OUT!
Please choose carefully as audition dates/times are not be transferable, and fee non-refundable.

Audition Location: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra rehearsal studio – Maylands Town Hall, 192 Guildford Road (cnr Eighth Ave), Maylands WA

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Audition Fee: $27.46 per audition.

Audition Registration Process:

  1. Visit (this page) for what you need to know about auditioning for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra;
  2. Auditions are open for musicians aged 14-25 (28 if in full-time study) in 2019;
  3. Read the 2019 WAYJO Audition Booklet (plus 2019 WAYJO Video Audition Guidelines if necessary) – even if you have auditioned previously.
  4. Complete the online Live Audition Form [SOLD OUT] or Video Audition Form and use the Eventbrite link in that form to pay and confirm your audition date/time;
  5. Check your inbox for your Eventbrite Booking Confirmation PDF – email or call WAYJO on (08) 9471 1950 during business hours if you have any problems or questions!


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