Young Women in Jazz

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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.

DEVELOP the skills and confidence of young women in jazz and improvised music.
BROADEN knowledge of jazz and improvised music.
INCREASE awareness of career options in jazz and related areas.
ENCOURAGE students to understand audition processes and apply for tertiary jazz courses.
NURTURE and foster friendships and support networks among young women jazz musicians.

Key Dates & Details

Registrations for the 2019 Young Women In Jazz Program open 9.00am Thu 1 Nov 2018 and close 11.59pm Fri 5 Apr, 2019.

Workshops begin April 27 – places are limited, so subscribe to WAYJO eNews to stay informed!

Registrations for the 8-week workshop are $250, or $175 for those who auditioned for WAYJO 2019.
The 2019 WAYJO membership fee for current female band members allows for free participation.

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop fee is non-refundable once the workshop has commenced.

2019 Young Women in Jazz Registration Form

2019 Workshops

All workshops run Saturdays, 2.00pm to 4.30pm
WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley
April 27
May 4, 11, 18 & 25
June 1, 8 & 15

Public Concert

Sunday 23 June, 6.00pm
Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Tickets available from

For more information about the workshops, please contact Gemma Farrell
For questions about registrations and payments, please contact Jess Herbert

WAYJO sincerely thank the following organisations for supporting the 2019 Young Women in Jazz Program:


Young Women In Jazz Tutors 2017
Young Women In Jazz Tutors 2018

Alana McPherson (sax – left), Gemma Farrell (sax – right), Kate Pass (bass), and Talya Valenti (drums)