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announcements on the 2017 NYJC!
In the great tradition of small group jazz, the National Youth Jazz Combo provides 4 – 7 outstanding high school aged jazz musicians with the opportunity to move their playing to a new level through rehearsal, performance and study with some of the finest professional jazz artists in the world. Directed by renowned Canadian saxophonist and composer Kirk MacDonald, the NYJC is a one-of-a-kind training program only open to Canadian youth.
The 2016 National Youth Jazz Combo
2016 Training Program
The 2016 NYJC schedule will see the NYJC start up in Ottawa for the week of MusicFest Canada from May 8 – 14, and then come back together again in Toronto for three full weeks from June 27 through to July 17th. During the three-week summer schedule, the group will participate in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the 2016 Summer Jazz Workshop. The summer program continues as a full scholarship opportunity with travel, accommodation and registration costs fully covered by Youth Jazz Canada for the duration of the three weeks. Participants are responsible for food and personal expenses.
NYJC will arrive in Ottawa Sunday, May 8 rehearsing that evening and over the course of the week. The combo will perform several times during the festival including feature performances on the Mainstage, spots during the festival and the Awards Presentation Ceremony.
Participation in the band is free, and members receive tickets to all MusicFest concerts and clinics including access to the MusicFest Canada Scholarship Program. Students may apply and be accepted into both the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band and the NYJC as the rehearsal and performance schedules of the two groups are not in conflict with each other. Please note that separate audition requirements are in place for each group.
Youth Jazz Canada is pleased to announce that the 2016 NYJC will come together again during the summer to rehearse, perform and record as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the Summer Jazz Workshop for Youth. In both cases members will be on full scholarship covering travel, accommodation and registration fees where applicable.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival, June 27 – July 2nd
The NYJC will be participating in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Youth Jazz Showcase, participating in workshops and performances with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Sapporo Jazz Festival winners. The group will also present a feature performance at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Travel and accommodation provided, participants are responsible for their own food and personal expenses.
Summer Jazz Workshop for Youth, July 4 – 17th
The NYJC will also be participating in the Youth Jazz Canada Summer Workshop receiving full tuition scholarships and accommodation for out of town participants.