Hudson Valley
Youth Jazz Orchestra

directed by 

Dan Shaut & Robert Shaut

HVYJO Auditions

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be held on August 14-15 online. 


Students must be either enrolled in school grades 8-12 or be 18 years old or younger. 


As the region's premiere youth jazz orchestra we will adhere to traditional jazz instrumentation. Our ensemble will include; 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones and 1 bari saxophone, 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. We may also include vibraphone, vocalist, clarinet. 

Audition Materials

1) Transcription - perform a transcription or etude that you can perform very well. It may be an etude from a book (i.e. Jim Snidero Jazz Conceptions) or a written transcription (i.e. Charlie Parker Omnibook) or it can be a solo you have transcribed yourself from a recording.   


2) Improvisation - Perform a jazz standard or blues along with a play-a-long. You should play the head, improvise 2-4 choruses and then play the head again. Please remember that more is not always better. 

3) Sight Reading - We will provide sight reading during the audition. 

If you need help selecting materials please email us. We are more than happy to help select appropriate audition materials.


Rehearsals are generally on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of each month from 3:00-6:30 pm. An exact schedule will come out by the audition date. 

Covid 19 

We will adhere to all safety precautions set forth by the CDC and other necessary health guidelines. We will be using information set forth and adapted by NAfME to help us establish a safe way to rehearse music (including the aerosol study currently being conducted). The safety and well being of all participants is our primary concern. 


Rehearsals will include sectionals, meaning not all students will need to be present for the entire rehearsal. This will allow for a more efficient rehearsal schedule. It will also allow for a more socially distant rehearsal. 


If we are unable to rehearse/perform a majority of our sessions in person we will return the remaining tuition for the season.