Young Women in Jazz

Are you a female identifying instrumentalist aged 14 to 25 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?

Then WAYJO wants to hear from YOU!

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

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, female instrumentalists 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 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.

Registrations for 2022 Young Women In Jazz open 9.00am Mon 31 Jan 2022 and now close 5.00pm Fri 22 Apr, 2022 – only if not filled prior. Places are limited to 50 participants.

Registrations for the 8-week workshop are $300, or $200 for those who auditioned for WAYJO 2022 (Nov-Dec 2021).
2022 WAYJO band membership fee allows for free participation by current female band members who register.

Please Note: To participate in Young Women in Jazz in 2022, we will require a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (or valid vaccination exemption) if you are turning 16 or over during 2022. This can be submitted via email to and will be stored securely.

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

All workshops run Saturdays, 2.00pm to 4.30pm
WAAPA at ECU, 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley
April 30,
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 11, 18, 25

Sunday 26 June – Lyric’s Underground
General Sales from Monday 16 May, 10.00am


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

Young Women in Jazz is part of WAYJO’s Pathways Education Program, supported by Healthway promoting the Act Belong Commit message, and our Major Partner Minderoo Foundation

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