Now Accepting 2024-2025 Audition Applications

Audition Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Youth Jazz Orchestra auditions are open to wind (saxophone), brass (trumpet, trombone, tuba) and rhythm section (drum set, vibraphone, guitar, piano, bass) students ages 15 through 21.

PYJO rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., mid-September through early-June, at Saint Patrick Hall (240 South 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103).

Audition Requirements

Performers will be asked to play 1) required scales, 2) melody and improvisation over selected jazz standards, and 3) solo transcriptions. Please see below for specific requirements for each instrument. All applicants will join an open rehearsal and perform with the PYJO as part of the audition process.

Trumpet (PDF) Saxophone (PDF) Trombone (PDF) Tuba (PDF) Drumset (PDF) Vibraphone (PDF) Guitar (PDF) Bass (PDF) Piano (PDF)

The applicant and/or parent/guardian agree that all decisions concerning placement and participation in the PYJO program are at the sole discretion of the artistic staff, and that their decisions are final.

Annual PYJO tuition for the 2024-2025 season is $1,995. A non-refundable deposit of $550 is due at the time an accepted student registers for the PYO Music Institute. Tuition balance is due by the first rehearsal of the concert season.

Financial Aid is available for those accepted students who demonstrate financial need. Applications are available upon request. Please contact the PYOMI office at or 215.545.0502 for more information.


Justin Faulkner,
Director & Conductor, PYJO

Schedule an Audition

Auditions are by appointment only. Complete the online registration form with your preferred audition date and time. The PYOMI office will contact you to confirm your audition.

Schedule an Audition

If you have questions, please contact us at or 215.545.0502.


Saint Patrick Hall
240 South 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103