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 throughout the year. 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 21, 2017 – May 1, 2018
Tuition: $550
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Meeting Dates*: 11/21; 11/28; 12/5; 12/12; 12/19; 1/2; 1/9; 1/16; 1/23; 1/30; 2/6; 2/13; 2/20; 2/27; 3/6; 3/13; 3/20/; 3/27; 4/10; 4/17; 4/24; 5/1
Skip Dates: December 26, 2017; April 3, 2018
Makeup Dates: Skip dates may be used as makeup dates, facilities permitting.
Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2:20 p.m., Big ‘R Stage, Cook Campus (tent.)
The end-of-session concert, Tuesday, May 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Shindell Choral 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?, 848-932-8618

WORKSHOP: Expanding Horizons 
(This workshop is also an audition opportunity!)

Description: Students ages 11-18 who love jazz, wish to play jazz, or who are already jazzers are invited to get swinging with this annual, free improvisation workshop taught by Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble Director David Miller, and Assistant Director, William Macirowski.  Expand your jazz vocabulary using the blues scale, chord outlining, and bebop scales.  Meet other students who share your passion for jazz, and learn more about the Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble.

Participation in this event will be considered as an audition for students wishing to join the Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble. 

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: Room TBA, Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus of Rutgers University

Cost: free

RSVP required: Please RSVP here.  Also, please email the Extension Division to confirm your participation in this workshop –


A video recording of repertoire shared via YouTube or other video host is required. The repertoire for each instrument is listed below.  Please note that participation in the Expanding Your Horizons workshop (see above), will be considered as an audition for students wishing to join the Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble.
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 should call the Extension Division office to register over the phone – 848-932-8618,

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.