WAYJO 2018 Composer In Residence

We are proud to announce the participants of our annual Composer in Residence program.

Congratulations to our 2018 Composer in Residence, Tim Newhouse (pictured left) and Associate Composer in Residence, Max Wickham (pictured right).

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra offers young jazz composers exciting paid opportunities to develop new works and enhance their writing and conducting skills.

Through this unique program, WAYJO and Artistic Director Mace Francis support two emerging composers to develop new works for large jazz ensemble, offering both generous commissions and artistic mentorship.

The Composer in Residence will compose three new works (2 works for Assistant Composer in Residence), each of between six and eight minutes duration, for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra.

While the full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, you will be able to hear these new works performed as part of our King Street Corner Pocket Festival on July 7.

Concert For Schools 2017 - Perth Concert Hall

2018 School Concerts and Workshops

First Friday of the month, March to June and August to November, WAYJO concerts and workshops for students will take place Downstairs at The Maj from 3pm. Our Musical Directors and guest artists will provide a 30-minute workshop followed by a 30-minute performance highlighting the aspects covered in the workshop.

Our focus for these events is largely on great female jazz artists, with female guest artists from Sydney, Melbourne, and New York (via Japan), as well as some of Perth’s leading musicians. We will also recreate a truly great jazz album and be joined by a visiting faculty member from KUG Institute of Jazz, Graz, Austria!

Enjoy and educational afternoon in Perth's most historic theatre. Tickets for staff and students are an absolute steal at $12 each for the first concert/workshop, then $10 for every other concert/workshop booked!

Please visit our Workshops page for full details and booking form, call the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra on 08 9471 1950 or email admin@wayjo.com

Places at each workshop and concert are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

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

King St Corner Pocket 2018

King St Corner Pocket Festival

Call Out for Expressions of Interest

WAYJO are proud to announce the King St Corner Pocket Festival as part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, and we want you to be involved!

King St Corner Pocket will be held around a number of venues around the King St precinct in Perth, and WAYJO are inviting the entire Perth jazz community.

We want to highlight the amazing array of talent in Perth’s jazz community, emerging and established. So if you have a trio, a septet or even a big band, apply now.

Performances will be 30-40 minutes long each, in established and pop up venues, over 3 days.

King St Corner Pocket Festival
5-7 Jul, in and around King & Hay Streets Perth from 6.00pm each night

To apply for a performance (or two, or three), simply fill out and return the Application Form to WAYJO. APPLICATIONS NOW EXTENDED TO 16 FEBRUARY 2018!

Young Women in Jazz 2018

2018 Young Women In Jazz

Are you a female musician aged 14 – 25 and would like to learn more about jazz and improvised music?
Perform at the Ellington Jazz Club and work with some of Australia’s leading female jazz professionals?

Then WA Youth Jazz Orchestra wants to hear from you!

With workshops at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), alumnae tutors and the opportunity to perform in a special concert at the Ellington Jazz Club, what more could you want?

Developed by Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and Dr. Sandy Evans OAM in 2002, the Young Women’s Jazz Workshops are specifically designed to inspire young women to play jazz and pursue a future in music.

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


Registrations for the 2018 Young Women In Jazz Program are open now, and close midnight Friday 9 March, 2018.

For more information and registrations, head to wayjo.com/education/young-women-in-jazz


WAYJO sincerely thank the following organisations for supporting the 2018 Young Women in Jazz Program:

Creative Partnerships AustraliaWAYJO's Women in Jazz 2018 Season is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1


WAYJO Creative Partnerships Matched Funding

Creative Partnerships Australia

WAYJO Plus1 Matched Funding
Dollar-for-Dollar Matched Donations through Creative Partnerships Australia

We’ve been lucky enough to secure a place in Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 program. Donate now and have your contribution matched dollar-for-dollar!

In 2018, we have a focus on Women in Jazz, building the profile of female jazz artists and showcasing their talents.

Donating directly to this program will cover artist fees, transport from Australia and overseas, and accommodation. And the best part is, every donation will be matched to a maximum of $25,000.

Our program of guest artists will be announced at our Jazz Under the Stars concert on November 24, but donate now to get in on the ground floor of this exciting program in 2018.

To donate, please visit givenow.com.au/WAYJOWomeninJazz - matched contributions close Fri 18 May.

WAYJO's Women in Jazz 2018 Season is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.
Find out more about Plus1 Funding at creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au

Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars Competition

Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars Competition

To celebrate the final days of Mental Health Week, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra announces the Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars Competition!

WIN one of two prizes, including double passes to WAYJO's Jazz Under the Stars end of year concert at Quarry Amphitheatre Fri 24 Nov from 7.30pm, PLUS a lovely picnic backpack for four, thanks to Healthway Act-Belong-Commit!

To be in the running, tell us in 50 words or less how you Act-Belong-Commit to keep a mentally healthy mind.

Need some inspiration? Head to actbelongcommit.org.au for online guides, factsheets & a self-assessment tool.

Email entries with Subject “Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars” to marketing@wayjo.com BEFORE Monday 13 November 2017.

We look forward to reading your entries - good luck!

#MHW2017 #ActBelongCommit #WINwithWAYJO

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