July 21, 2022

Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra auditions

The Christchurch Big Band Festival in partnership with Ara Music Arts and Lana Law are again putting together the Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) made up of the best young performers in Ōtautahi. Here’s an opportunity to play in an auditioned ensemble culminating in some amazing performances as part of the Christchurch Big Band Festival. Music Director Lana Law, along with a fantastic team of tutors will take these students on a band camp at Hanmer Springs with some inspiring and amazing charts. The camp will culminate in a lunchtime performance on the Hanmer Green. After one further rehearsal the band will perform as part of the opening gala performance at The Piano and as part of the Christchurch Big Band Festival picnic. There will be two further performances in November and December. There may also be an opportunity to undertake a recording with the support of Ara, details to be confirmed.

Costs: The cost to participants of the band camp will be approximately $250 (subsidies are available) The fee covers transport to/from and around Hanmer, accommodation, food and one entry to the Hot Pools.  This project is made possible by the generous funding from Ara Music Arts, the Christchurch Big Band Festival and Hanmer Music and Arts.  The winners of the individual awards at JazzQuest will be part funded for the camp by Ara Music Arts.

Auditions: All information for the audition process can be found here

Dates: All dates can be found here


Katie Martin 021 236 1007

Lana Law 021 566 724

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