Being in the MYA Jazz Program is like playing in an All-State ensemble every weekend. The program is for any student who wishes to deepen their knowledge of America’s great art form. Through participation in big bands, combos and improvisation classes, students will master jazz styles and core musicianship skills. MYA jazz students have the opportunity to perform with internationally acclaimed guest artists in premier jazz and concert venues throughout Chicago and beyond.
CLICK HERE to listen to an interview with MYA Jazz director Chris Madsen as he discusses his time as an MYA student, and how the program benefits promising young jazz musicians more than ever before. (skip to 18 mins. in)
Placements available in Big Band, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and various jazz combos.
A free jazz improv class is required for all members of the Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Orchestra and the Big Band who are not participating in a combo.
Conducted by Joe Policastro, this group is for younger jazz musicians who are eager to learn jazz phrasing, articulation and ensemble skills.
Audition Requirements for Jazz Ensemble
Sign Up For an Audition for Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble Rehearsals: Sunday, 3:00pm - 4:30pm in the South Rehearsal Hall
Directed by Joe Policastro, this group is for developing jazz musicians who are mostly in high school and ready for a more challenging ensemble experience.
Audition Requirements for Jazz Orchestra
Sign Up For an Audition for Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Orchestra Rehearsals: Sunday, 12:30 - 2:30pm in the South Rehearsal Hall
Directed by Chris Madsen, this group begins tackling college- and professional-level repertoire.
Audition Requirements for Jazz Workshop
Sign Up For an Audition for Jazz Workshop
Jazz Workshop Rehearsals: Sunday, 3:00 - 5:00pm in the North Rehearsal Hall
Directed by Chris Madsen, the Big Band is for the most advanced jazz students ready to play at the highest level.
Sign Up For an Audition for Big Band
Big Band Rehearsals: Sunday, 6:00 - 8:00pm in the North Rehearsal Hall
Audition Requirements for Jazz Combos
Sign Up For an Audition for Jazz Combos
Jazz Combo Rehearsals: All combos meet on Sunday.
Directed by Chris Madsen, this group is selected based on ability and dedication. This elite ensemble has worked with such jazz luminaries as Matt Wilson, John Clayton and many others.
Exact dates of rehearsal schedule will be announced to those who are selected.
Jazz Improv Class
Free to MYA Jazz Students, participation in these classes is required for all members of the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra who are not participating in a combo. This course aims to develop jazz theory and improvisational skills through aural assimilation.
Jazz Ensemble Improv Class: Sunday, 3:00pm, South Rehearsal Hall
Jazz Orchestra & Jazz Workshop Improv Class: Sunday, 2:30pm, South Rehearsal Hall
Big Band Improv Class: Sunday, 5:30pm, Macey Room