2018 WAYJO Auditions Open

2018 ‘Act-Belong-Commit’ WAYJO Audition Applications Open

UPDATE OCTOBER: All Live Audition places filled - please visit wayjo.com/get-involved/audition for Video Audition information

Audition applications for 2018 West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) big bands are now open and online at wayjo.com/get-involved/audition, closing midnight Friday 10 November, 2017 - if not filled prior.

WAYJO is open to musicians 14-25 years of age (up to 28 in full-time study) and performs a range of jazz styles from trad, classic through to modern, including commissioned big band works by young WA composers.

All band positions are auditioned annually, offering members the opportunity to perform at some of Perth's best venues, and travel regionally, nationally and internationally with top band leaders and touring guest artists.

A total of fifty-four places are available within three bands – the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Night Orchestras. Each orchestra auditions for 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).

WAYJO’s 2018 Auditions will be held at the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra rehearsal studio – Maylands Town Hall - 192 Guildford Road (cnr Eighth Ave), Maylands WA. The rehearsal studio is located close to public transport, with parking available along Eighth Avenue.

Audition Dates:
Friday 17 November, 4.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 18 November, 9.00am – 6.30pm
Sunday 19 November, 9.00am – 6.30pm
Times strictly allocated on a first come, first served basis – so book early!

Visit wayjo.com/get-involved/audition for more information, with links to the WAYJO Audition Information Booklet and Application Form. A non-refundable Audition Fee of $27.12 is payable at time of booking.

Enquiries can be made to the WAYJO office during business hours on (08) 9471 1950, or email admin@wayjo.com

The WAYJO Education program is supported by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.


[Image: WAYJO Backstage at 'Act Belong Commit' Horns in the Hall - Perth Concert Hall, May 2017]

WAAPA Young Artists Ensemble

WAAPA Young Artists Ensemble

An exciting collaboration between WAAPA and WAYJO comes to fruition in a special concert featuring some of the finest young players in WA.

The Head of Jazz at WAAPA, Jamie Oehlers, has been working with 6 fantastic young musicians from WAYJO over the past 6 weeks, developing improvisation skills, learning new repertoire and fine tuning their ensemble playing.

The concert will be performed in 'The Edith' - one of just a handful Spiegeltents in the world - designed by historical custodians of the ornate tents, the Klessens family in Belgium (who have been building Spiegeltents since the 1920’s).

Come along to this free event and see how bright the future of jazz in Perth is!

The WAAPA Young Artist Ensemble
Shaniqa Ratnasingam - Soprano Saxophone
Emma Zandi - Tenor Saxophone
James Chapman - Trumpet
James O’Brien - Piano
Blake Weller - Bass
William Chiew - Drums
Jamie Oehlers - Tenor Saxophone

WAAPA Spiegeltent
Thu 7 Sep, 7.00pm
Edith Cowan University - Mount Lawley Campus
Admission Free

[Image: WAYJO in the Fringeworld Spiegeltent, January 2017]

WAYJO 240 Club

WAYJO 240 Club: Offering Exclusive Behind the Scenes and More!

Looking for something different? Perhaps the perfect gift for a jazz lover?

WAYJO 240 Club is seeking 240 members who will donate $20 per month to support our program and activities, from our ticketed shows to our community concerts, our education programs, and our commissioning and presenting of national and international artists.

So far this year WAYJO 240 Club members have already enjoyed exclusive open rehearsal access with Ed Partyka, a WAYJO/SHOWA Japan collaboration CD, plus digital live recordings - with more to come!

Best of all, you know that all tax-deductible donations keep our program vibrant, exciting and challenging for young, aspiring jazz musicians.

You can choose to make a monthly contribution of $20 or donate $240 up front. Members of our 240 Club will receive special invitations to rehearsals, unique recordings of WAYJO music, the opportunity to meet our guest artists and band members at WAYJO events, and more.

One-off donations are most welcome to, every little bit helps to support WAYJO!

WAYJO thanks our generous supporters for keeping Australia’s leading jazz youth orchestra alive and providing unparalleled opportunities for emerging musicians and composers.


[Image: Rehearsal with Premiss Collective at WAYJO HQ, February 2017]

Jazz @ the Maj - New Show

WAYJO Jazz at the Maj - New Show!

Plus Ed Partyka Success

Audiences absolutely loved WAYJO with Ed Partyka at sold out shows last week at His Majesty’s Theatre, with the Wednesday Night Orchestra punching well above it's weight under the leadership of one of the worlds finest band leaders. Be sure to check out our facebook album with photos from the event and like our page!

Due to popular demand, WAYJO are bringing back Jazz at the Maj for one more special performance in October!

After sell-out shows featuring Adrian Kelly, Mat Jodrell and Ed Partyka, WAYJO will present an evening of the best big band jazz of yester-year, again in the intimate, cabaret setting of the Downstairs at the Maj bar.

Perth’s hottest jazz venue of 2017 will be treated to an evening of jazz standards and new favourites, presented with WAYJO’s signature passion and verve.

Jazz @ the Maj: Best of Big Band
Sat 14 Oct, 7.30pm
Downstairs at the Maj - His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
Tickets on sale 9.00am, Monday 28 August: premier.ticketek.com.au


Young Women In Jazz 2017

Young Women In Jazz 2017 Registrations Open International Women’s Day

The number of female musicians in WAYJO is on the rise.

This year for the first time, half of the WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra is female.

WAYJO Operations Coordinator, Jess Herbert, a WAYJO Alumna and musician says;
“I think we are heading in the right direction. While we appear to be bucking the national trend that suggests female musicians are outnumbered by their male counterparts by four to one* – I think we can all do more to advance and celebrate female artists.”

Marking International Women’s Day, WAYJO announces the return of the Young Women in Jazz Workshop Program in 2017.

WAYJO is calling for young women aged 12 - 25 who are currently performing or studying music and have an interest in jazz and improvised music to register for the workshops to collaborate and learn with other female musicians.

The workshops start on April 29, run over 8 weeks and are conducted in small groups with leading female guest artists, educators and WAYJO Alumnae.

Run in Perth since 2014, these workshops have seen young women build support networks, refine their skills and increase confidence.

Dr Mace Francis, WAYJO Artistic Director states;
“It is very exciting to see the next generation of young female musicians come through this program. It is even more exciting to think that maybe some of them will choose a career in music because of this program and be just like recent WAYJO alumna, Linda Oh, who is currently touring the world as Pat Metheny and Joe Lovano’s bass player.”

West Australian Bass Player & WAYJO Alumni: Linda Oh

A public performance inviting Young Women In Jazz participants, supporters and their tutors will take place later in the year on July 9 at the Ellington Jazz Club.

WAYJO acknowledges program partners SIMA (Sydney Improvised Music Association) as well as St John of God Health Care the Ian Potter Foundation and the McCusker Foundation for supporting the program in Western Australia.

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, based in Maylands comprises three 18-piece big bands that will play over 40 performances in 20 venues throughout Perth and The South West this year.

To learn more about the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Young Women In Jazz Program or to register, visit wayjo.com/education/young-women-in-jazz

*Source: APRA Registered Musicians identified as Female 2015, referenced http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/girls-to-the-front/7223798

Young Women In Jazz

Young Women In Jazz is moving in 2017. We’re responding to feedback from our participants and we’ve decided to bring the program into the first half of the year, so that high school students can avoid the stresses of the workshops clashing with exams.

The program is bearing fruit, with more female members of WAYJO than ever before... a full 50% of our Monday Night Orchestra is now female.

We’re very proud of this program, so keep your eye out for announcement dates of applications and workshop timetables and let any young female musician you may know about this wonderful opportunity.

The Young Women in Jazz program is supported by the McCusker Charitable Foundation and the Ian Potter Foundation.

Thank You To Lotterywest

The good news has started early in 2017.

WAYJO have been fortunate to secure a grant from Lotterywest to purchase a range of equipment to help us deliver our program.

Best of all, this grant allows us to purchase some new equipment for the bands, from amps and music stands to microphones, as well as – and we’re a little pumped about this – a bunch of kids instruments to take to our Jazz for Juniors concerts.

Every year Lotterywest grants millions of dollars to over 1,000 community organisations, and we’re grateful for their ongoing support.

Members of WAYJO also had great fun being part of the new ‘A Lot Happens When You Play’ advertisement campaign, check out the press below!

Lotterywest Screen Advertisement
Lotterywest Print Advertisement – The West Australian

Welcome To Our New Website

Welcome to our new website!

We’ve been beavering away behind the scenes for a few months now to create a fresh new look for WAYJO, and we’re pretty excited by our new branding and web platform.

Our focus this year is on recognising our band members with our #facesofwayjo campaign… look out for the great images shot by Tom Greble as we promote our shows.

We’re also keen to get the word out that WAYJO is all about “Big Bands, Big Sound, Big Talent”. We think that reflects everything that is great about WAYJO and our musicians and is the start of our members musical story.

Big thanks to Digital Union for their help with our new branding and website. Let us know what you think.

Here’s to a sensational 2017.

Simon Keen
General Manager, WAYJO