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, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra has something to offer you!

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra is widely regarded as Australia’s leading youth jazz orchestra. For more than 30 years, we have been providing inspiration and opportunity to outstanding young jazz musicians from Western Australia and beyond.

In 2016, WAYJO members:

  • Performed alongside internationally-acclaimed guest artist Michael Abene and WAYJO alumni Andrew Murray and Brendan Grey;
  • Participated in the 2016 Composer-in-Residence program and performed at the Perth International Jazz Festival with WAYJO alumni Joshua Hatcher premiering his new compositions;
  • Performed with The Premiss Collective at the State Theatre Centre Courtyard, a collaboration with Perth’s local hip-hop artists;
  • Toured regionally across Western Australia to Mandurah, Bunbury, Esperance, Kalgoorlie and Albany;
  • Toured internationally to Japan as part of our Music Exchange program with Showa University, Japan, and to USA as part of Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony program;
  • Participated in weekly rehearsals with experienced Music Directors and workshops with award-winning artists including Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra;
  • Performed and conducted workshops for the Act-Belong-Commit Education Program visiting metropolitan, outer-metropolitan and regional schools;
  • Performed to audiences of around 20,000 people at venues.

All positions in WA Youth Jazz Orchestra 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 orchestra consisting of the following instrumentation:

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

Please download and read the
2017 WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Membership and Audition Information Booklet
then please fill in & return the
2017 WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Audition Registration Form


Applications closed Monday 7 November 2016 (vocal and early auditionees)
and Monday 28 November 2016 (instrumentalists)

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