Registrations for Progressions 2024 are now open - enrol here.

Progressions (formerly Young Women in Jazz)

A WAYJO Pathways Program for genders on the outskirts of Jazz

New name, same great program! After feedback from our members, consultation with gender diverse individuals and much consideration, we have refreshed the name of our much loved and long running Pathways Program ‘Young Women in Jazz’, to PROGRESSIONS. This new name reflects the inclusive values of WAYJO as an organisation and expands access to those genders often on the outskirts of jazz.

PROGRESSIONS caters for female and non-binary identifying instrumentalists who would like to learn more about jazz and improvised music, perform live at a professional Jazz Club, and work with some of Australia’s leading female jazz professionals.

We are delighted to celebrate PROGRESSIONS 10-year anniversary this year! Run in Perth since 2014, over the last decade these workshops have seen countless young female and non-binary musicians build support networks, refine their skills, and increase confidence.

DEVELOP the skills and confidence of young female and non-binary musicians in jazz and improvised instrumental 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, ensembles and support networks among female jazz musicians.

With workshops at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), guest artists, alumnae tutors, and the opportunity to perform live in concert, PROGRESSIONS is a great opportunity to explore this exciting art form.

And for the first time in its decade long history, the 2024 cohort will have the opportunity to learn from and perform with world renown trumpet player, Chloe Rowlands! The New York based trumpeter, who is in Australia for the very first time will be working with the PROGRESSIONS participants. Each of the Progressions ensembles will perform classic jazz repertoire as well as original music from Chloe.

This one is not to be missed!


Registrations for 2024 Progressions opened on Monday 29 April, and will close on Wednesday, 24 July at 5pm – enrol now.

Registrations for the 8-week workshop are $300, or $200 for those who auditioned for WAYJO 2024 (in Nov-Dec 2023).

2024 WAYJO band membership fee allows for free participation by current female band members who register.


All workshops run Saturdays, 2:00pm to 4:30pm at WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University – 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley;

July 27th, August 3rd / 10th / 17th / 24th / 31st and September 7th / 14th


PROGRESSIONS performance outcome featuring Chloe Rowlands: Sunday 15th September 2024 downstairs at Lyric Lane’s Underground.
* Tickets on sale Monday 29th July 2024

Pathways Jam Session: Sunday 20th October 2024 from 3pm in Lyric Lane’s Courtyard.
* Free Event, bringing together a double bill event with WAYJOs Pathways Programs. WAYJO’s Northern Corridor Training Band will perform from 3pm and a Pathways Jam Session led by Gemma Farrell, Progressions Tutors and any Pathways participants who would like to play!

* Further information will be provided to participants prior to the performance and jam session. 

For more information about the workshops, please contact Program Coordinator Gemma Farrell.
For questions about registrations and payments, please email


WAYJO sincerely thank the following organisations for supporting Progressions 

Guests Artists Appear thanks to WAYJO’s 2024 Major Program Partner