Young Women in Jazz

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Are you a female identifying instrumentalist aged 14 – 25 and would like to;
Learn more about jazz and improvised music
Perform at the Ellington Jazz Club
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), guest artists, alumnae tutors, and the opportunity to perform in concert at the Ellington Jazz Club, Young Women in Jazz is a great opportunity to explore this exciting artform.

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.

Key Details

Registrations for the 2020 Young Women In Jazz Program open 9.00am Fri 20 Dec 2019 and close 5.00pm Fri 24 Apr, 2020.

Workshops begin May 2 and places are limited!

Registrations for the 8-week workshop are $300, or $200 for those who auditioned for WAYJO 2020 (Nov-Dec 2019).
2020 WAYJO band membership fee allows for free participation by current female band members who register.

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

2020 Young Women in Jazz Registration Form

2020 Workshops

All workshops run Saturdays, 2.00pm to 4.30pm
WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley
May 2 (with touring vocalist Kristin Berardi), 9 (with New York composer & multi-instrumentalist Sara McDonald), 16, 23, 30
June 6 (with touring pianist/composer Judy Bailey), 13 & 20

Thursday 11 June at the WAYJO rehearsal studio in Maylands – a bonus open rehearsal with the Artemis Orchestra for those who can make it!

Public Concert

Sunday 21 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 2020 Young Women in Jazz Program:


Young Women in Jazz participants 2019
Young Women in Jazz participants 2019