Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble



The Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble is open to serious musicians ages 11-18 by audition only. The RYJE performs in small and large-group settings on and off campus. Participants are challenged to grow in new directions during rehearsals that incorporate ear training, jazz theory, and advanced concepts in jazz improvisation.


Semester Dates: November 20, 2018 – May 7, 2019
Tuition: $770
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Meeting Dates*: 11/20,11/27,12/4,12/11,12/18,1/15,1/22,1/29,2/5,2/19,2/26,3/5,3/12, 3/19,3/26,4/2,4/9, 4/16,4/30, 5/7
Skip Dates: 12/25, 1/1, 4/23
Makeup Dates: Skip dates may be used as makeup dates, facilities permitting.
Rehearsal location: Music Annex Building 002, Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus of Rutgers University
Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 27, 2019, time & location TBD
The end-of-session concert, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., Schare Recital Hall
*Subject to change.


Continuing students in the Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble are invited to re-register without audition. Registration online is found here.
All newcomers to the ensemble should audition via video, or in-person prior to registering (the free workshop/audition opportunity immediately below is the only scheduled opportunity for potential students to audition in-person).  Please complete the online form found here if you are new to the RYJE and wish to join this year.
Questions?, 848-932-1500



A video recording of repertoire shared via YouTube or another video host is required. The repertoire for each instrument is listed below.
Audition & Registration Procedure
  1. Any questions regarding the audition procedure, contact RYJE director David Miller.
  2. Please upload your audition video here. 
  3. Notice of acceptance or non-acceptance will be provided by email.
  4. Accepted students register online HERE.

Audition requirements

  • Solo work of choice (jazz preferred)
  • Sight Reading
  • Major & Chromatic Scales
  • Improvisation over a B-Flat Blues
  • Solo work of choice (jazz preferred)
  • Sight Reading
  • Major and Chromatic Scales
  • Bass may be asked to create a bassline from chord changes
  • Piano/Guitar will be asked to read chord changes
  • Solo work of choice (jazz preferred)
  • Sight Reading
  • Drummers will be asked to play swing, Latin rhythms, and solo fills.