WAYJO Management Vacancies

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) are currently advertising two management positions.
Links to apply for these roles are publicly available from wayjo.com/employment

WAYJO General Manager

Applications are sought from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the role of General Manager.

Responsible for overall financial and strategic performance, this will be an on-going, full-time position subject to an initial 3-month probationary period.

Demonstrated leadership, communication, advocacy skills, a broad understanding of business development, fundraising and revenue generation in the arts industry, as well as knowledge of the not-for-profit arts sector, are required.

Please direct any queries to WAYJO Board Chair Simon Durack – simon.durack@wayjo.com

Applications for General Manager close Monday 8 March, 2021 at 9.00am AWST.


WAYJO Events & Logistics Manager

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra is seeking an Events and Logistics Manager. This part-time role, reporting to the General Manager, is responsible for managing all logistics of the three WAYJO bands, including event preparation, venue booking, regional tour coordination and more.

The role would suit applicants with experience in the music and arts industry with skills in administration and/or event production.

Please direct any queries to WAYJO General Manager Simon Keen – simon.keen@wayjo.com

Applications for Events & Logistics Manager close Monday 15 March, 2021 at 9.00am AWST.

WAYJO Announces the Resignation of General Manager

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) announces the resignation of its General Manager, Simon Keen.

Since joining WAYJO some five years ago, Mr Keen has brought energy and passion to the role, growing the profile and reach of WAYJO considerably. WAYJO now holds an important position not just in Perth’s jazz scene and as part of the wider arts sector, poised for further growth as WAYJO looks toward its 40th Anniversary in 2023.

Outgoing WAYJO General Manager Simon Keen
Outgoing WAYJO General Manager Simon Keen

Mr Keen states, “I am very proud of what WAYJO has achieved during my tenure and humbled by the ongoing service we have been able to provide to our outstanding young musicians. Some personal highlights have included the introduction of our Jazz for Juniors program of concerts, the King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, our commitment to featuring more female instrumentalists as part of our Guest Artist series, and our increasing presence in regional touring and representation. I am looking forwards to facing new challenges in my career and I wish WAYJO every success in the future. I thank the Board and staff for their support.”

Mr Simon Durack, Board Chair of WAYJO said that, “On behalf of the Board, I wish to sincerely thank Mr Keen for his achievements and dedicated service to WAYJO, and wish him all the very best for his future endeavours.”

The board will announce details regarding a new appointment in early 2021.

Media Contact
Justine Thornley, WAYJO Marketing
+61 8 9471 1950


Introducing WAYJO Club

With the year is divided into two separate semester programs - WAYJO have a limited number of registrations available for the second semester.

Second semester registrations open 9.00am Tuesday 1 June 2021, and close 5.00pm Tuesday 20 July 2021 – only if not filled prior (as places are limited)!

Join WAYJO Club Semester 2

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) will not be holding band auditions for 2021. COVID-19 caused the loss of rehearsal and performance opportunities through most of 2020, so WAYJO has offered 2020 band members continuation into 2021.

Instead we welcome to WAYJO Club, an exciting new opportunity for aspiring instrumentalists and vocalists, aged 12-18 years during 2021, to learn about and participate in jazz music making with WAYJO in a social and inclusive setting.

There will be NO AUDITION required to take part, WAYJO Club is open to all young musicians with a basic understanding of music.

WAYJO Club is a program that will give you access to networks, resources, content, open rehearsals and jazz day-camps. These will be delivered March-June & August-November as a combination of both online and in-person sessions (pandemic advisories permitting).

The year is divided into two separate semester programs – so you can choose to participate for a single semester, or book the full year in advance to enjoy a discount;


  • March 2: Online Resources Sent
  • April 6: Online Resources Sent
  • April 11: Jazz Camp
  • April 14: Invitation to an open rehearsal with the Wednesday Night Orchestra
  • May 4: Online Resources Sent
  • May 11: Invitation to an open rehearsal with the Tuesday Night Orchestra
  • June 1: Online Resources Sent
  • June 20: Jazz Camp


  • August 3: Online Resources Sent
  • September 7: Online Resources Sent
  • September 12: Jazz Camp
  • September 20: Invitation to an open rehearsal with the Monday Night Orchestra
  • October 5: Online Resources Sent
  • October 17: Jazz Camp and Audition Preparation
  • November 2: Online Resources Sent
  • November 17: Invitation to an open rehearsal with the Wednesday Night Orchestra


  • Single Semester: $150 (plus $9.34 booking fee)
  • Full Year: $250 (plus $15.93 booking fee)

WAYJO Club semester 1 and full-year registrations open 9.00am Wednesday 18 November 2020, and close 5.00pm Monday 15 February 2021 – if not filled prior. Participants are limited to 50 per semester.

Join WAYJO Club


WAYJO Visits Abmusic

Wednesday 7 October WAYJO visited Abmusic to present a workshop on the concepts of jazz performance and improvisation. A trio, made up of Luke Geha (piano), Kieran Barnes (bass) and Cameron Fermoyle (drums), performed for the students and discussed the different roles in the jazz ensemble.

There was a really healthy and interesting discussion on the roles of each instrument, how band members interact, and rhythmic concepts in jazz. Many of the students come from an electronic music or hip hop background, so this was the first time experiencing live jazz for some.

"Feedback from our participants has been overwhelming, particularly with regard to musical communication" said Abmusic's CEO Patricia Alessi. "The participants trialled musical communication in their next rehearsal, and they found it to be incredibly helpful to ‘try what the jazz musicians did.’ Other comments from the workshop included, ‘Amazing!’ and ‘Mind-blowing!’ It is really changing how the musicians ‘talk’ to each other in rehearsals and performances... it has opened them up to a new soundworld."

WAYJO thanks Abmusic for the opportunity to visit the campus, and look forward to jamming & yarning about jazz again soon.

For more information about Abmusic, check out abmusic.com.au . You can visit the campus for NAIDOC Day Celebrations, 11am-3pm Wednesday 11 November. Enjoy live music, stalls, goodie bags, plus tours and information about their music and beauty courses. Abmusic are located close to Curtin University - 295 Manning Rd Waterford, on Clontarf Campus.

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020, we encourage you to check out this and many of the other events happening 8-15 November by visiting naidoc.org.au

abmusic naidoc day 2020

Linda May Han Oh - Bass

'Oh So Exciting' New Works presented by WAYJO at Perth International Jazz Festival 2020

The WAYJO MinterEllison Monday, plus Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras, are proud to be part of the eight annual Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF).

Enjoy free community concerts in Hyde Park with WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra Sun 8 Nov, 2.45pm, and WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra, 4.00pm.

On her temporary return from the US, the Wednesday Night Orchestra are thrilled to perform with none other than highly acclaimed international bass player, and WAYJO alumni, Linda May Han Oh - currently of Pat Metheny Quartet.

Linda performs her newly composed works for the WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra at The Rechabite Sun 8 Nov, 4.00pm. Linda appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation. Tickets for this show are available from Moshtix.

PIJF 2020 runs 6-8 November. Head to perthjazzfest.com for the full program and ticketing, and while you're there, consider saving with a 3-Show Pass for ticketed events booked in a single online transaction.

#perthjazzfest #WAYJO2020

WAYJO presents Jazz New and Old Under the Stars

Mining fresh new Australian jazz at The Quarry

Perth’s own WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) return to the beautiful Quarry Amphitheatre with Jazz Under the Stars, Friday 27 November from 7.30pm.

Jazz Under the Stars showcases classic big band jazz, right through to new Australian offerings by Andrew Murray, Mace Francis, and WAYJO’s 2020 Composer in Residence Des Cannings.

In a year mired by venue closures and physical isolation from March, WAYJO re-emerged with group rehearsals in July, and continued producing new Australian jazz works through its 13th annual Composer in Residence program.

Fresh from two sell-out shows at His Majesty’s Theatre, Ricki Malet leads the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, who give big band classics from the 1930s to the 60s an all new energy.

The Tuesday Night Orchestra, led by Marty Pervan, received a glowing review of their first Lyric Lane show in September. This band presents an upbeat selection of jazz, blues and Latin classics to get toes tapping.

Mace Francis introduces brave new works with the Wednesday Night Orchestra. Originally scheduled to premiere at the King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, WAYJO’s 2020 composer in Residence commission now premieres for audiences under the stars.

Whether a jazz-head or new to the genre, experience something for just about any taste at Jazz Under the Stars. Bring a picnic and enjoy a feast of jazz new and old, with three big bands on stage for one night only.

Head to wayjo.com/whats-on for WAYJO's events calendar and bookings. Don’t delay, as tickets are still limited.


WAYJO presents Jazz Under the Stars 2020 - Fri 27 Nov, 2020
Poster Photograph Rick Mason (Jazz Under the Stars 2019), Design Justine Thornley.


WAYJO Holds a Royal Flush of Sellout Shows

In a time where pandemic shutdowns are causing the blues, jazz seems to reign supreme with Perth ticket buyers.

The West Australia Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) sold out not one but two shows at His Majesty’s Theatre in just 17 days. This will be the second big band show presented by the orchestra since pandemic venue restrictions were lifted in WA.

A Night of Jazz Royalty takes a stroll through the kingdom of jazz, with two big bands presenting works by the finest names in the genre. King Oliver presided over New Orleans in the early 1900s. The Duke and The Count developed big band music into the sound we hear today. Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, ruled with an iron clarinet over the 1930s, while Ella Fitzgerald was crowned the Queen of Jazz with a career spanning six decades.

WAYJO’s MinterEllison Monday Night & Tuesday Night Orchestras will pay their respects to Jazz Royalty before sold out crowds Friday 23 & Saturday 24 October.

Once a historic Perth jazz venue known as the Greenwich Club, Downstairs at The Maj has recently undergone renovations, making it a special way to experience the big band sound.

Ricki Malet, Musical Director of the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, is thrilled this band have the opportunity to debut before full audiences; “It’s so great that we could salvage some performances out of the year. The band have worked really hard over lockdown and since rehearsals started back at the end of July. We’re really excited to be able to showcase them at this amazing venue.”

If you missed out on this show, WAYJO’s Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras hit the stage Thursday 17 September with Isolation Emancipation: Songs of Isolation & Freedom at Lyric’s Underground in Maylands. Tickets are on sale through Oztix, and anticipated to sell out soon.

WAYJO are also hosting the Live @ The Underground Sunday Sessions at the venue, featuring a guest jazz ensemble followed by an open jazz jam. The sessions run first Sunday of the month until December.

For more on WAYJO and what’s on, head to wayjo.com/season just don’t wait too long to book your next tickets!


WAYJO presents Isolation Emancipation - Thu 17 Sep, 2020
Poster Photograph Josh Wells (2019), Design Justine Thornley.


WAYJO Goes Underground

WAYJO Goes Underground – New Concert Series with Open Jam to hit Lyric’s Underground

Introducing WAYJO Live @ Lyric’s Underground, a series of jazz concerts followed by a jam session held first Sunday of the month at Lyric’s Underground – a stone’s throw from 8th Avenue and Maylands train station.

Starting September, ‘Live @ The Underground’ Sunday sessions feature a guest act on stage 7.00pm for 1-hour, followed by an open jam led by the band from 8.20pm.

Combining concert and open jam session offers much needed opportunities for live performance, while encouraging up-coming musicians to learn more about jazz, and form new connections through the art of musical improvisation.

The Love Rats

Sunday 6 September – The Love Rats create an inspired sound, the band presents a broad selection of jazz styles, fun arrangements of classic tunes, plus originals.



Sunday 4 October – TVQ draw upon influences spanning Bill Evan’s harmonic lushness, Art Blakey’s fire, Hiromi Uehara’s flare and Keith Jarrett’s emotion.


Ricki Malet

Sunday 1 November – Ricki Malet Vs the Monday Night Orchestra rhythm section will perform classic jazz standards arranged for the group, by the group.


Gemma Farrell Quartet

Sunday 6 December – Gemma Farrell Quartet present fresh, all-original jazz in the lead up to their second album release. NEW STARTING TIME OF 6PM.



Lyric’s Underground is your newest destination for bohemian jazz vibes in the heart of Maylands – one of Perth’s emerging cultural centres. Tickets are just $10 at the door.

WAYJO’s Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestra’s also hit the Underground stage Thursday 17 September with Isolation Emancipation: Songs of Isolation & Freedom, a concert addressing themes of isolation and freedom in a musical expression of what many have been feeling since March. Tickets on sale through Oztix.

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra are so gratefully to finally return to the stage in 2020, and hope to see you at a concert soon.

Lyric’s Underground
Downstairs, 22 Lyric Lane, Maylands WA 6051

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WAYJO 2020 Announces Gradual COVID Comeback

It's been a while, but with pandemic isolation restrictions now lifting, WAYJO is gradually making a safe comeback.

At the last board meeting, the plan to re-open WAYJO in a staged approach was approved, with safety and health of everyone front of mind.

Given COVID-19 infection statistics in Western Australia remain on a downward trajectory, WAYJO plan the following actions.

From June 1;
Small, instrument/sectional rehearsals begin with ensemble numbers kept within safe limits.

From June 29; 
WAYJO staff return to office in a staged process to maintain safe physical distancing.

From July 20; 
All WAYJO staff return to normal office hours.
All WAYJO bands recommence full band rehearsals.

Thank you all for your understanding and patience throughout the lockdown period. We encourage to you maintain hygiene and distancing practices, and look forward to seeing you very soon.

We are hoping to safely present some concerts in the third &/or fourth quarter of the year.

#WAYJO2020 #COVID-19

Maylands Hall

WAYJO Announces New Board Chair

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra are delighted to announce the appointment of new Board Chair, Simon Durack. Mr Durack has had extensive corporate experience, a qualified CPA with substantial Board experience. Mr Durack joined the WAYJO Board in 2019, and also serves on the school council of Servite College. Mr Durack currently serves as the Executive Chairman of MinRex Resources.

The Board and management of WAYJO look forward to new horizons under the strategic guidance of Mr Durack as the company commences planning towards WAYJO’s 40th anniversary in 2022.

WAYJO are also pleased to announce the election of long serving Board member and Treasurer Laura Coles as Deputy Chair. Ms Coles is a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has served on the WAYJO Board since 2016. Ms Coles will continue to act in the role of Treasurer in addition to her duties as Deputy Chair.

The WAYJO Board is undergoing a period of exciting regeneration, also welcoming Mr Jon Bennett and Ms Kate Pass to the Board in 2020. Mr Bennett, the father of a WAYJO member, has extensive corporate strategic and community Board experience, while Ms Pass is a leading musician in Perth’s jazz scene and a WAYJO alumna.

WAYJO recognises the work of retired Board Chair Mr Lloyd Smith, who stepped down from the role and the Board in January 2020 after nearly a decade of stewardship. Under Mr Smith’s Chairship, WAYJO have significantly grown program streams, audience reach and revenue, boasting an impressive ratio of self-generated revenue at 85% of company turnover in 2019. WAYJO Deputy Chair Tony Ottaviano has also stepped down from this role after a long tenure.

WAYJO looks forward to introducing the new Chair and Board members to our stakeholders in the coming months as re-imagined programming is released pending restrictions on public gatherings being relaxed in the wake of improving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic locally.



Please Note: WAYJO staff members are working from home during the COVID-19 isolation period, so our office phone is not currently attended or checked daily. To ensure the swiftest response, please make your enquiries directly via email.

Simon Keen
WAYJO General Manager
+61 8 9471 1950

Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
+61 8 9471 1950