CYJO 2017

Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra 2017

Audition Information

CYJO Bass Audition Pack

CYJO Brass and Winds Audition Pack

CYJO Drums Audition Pack

CYJO Piano and Guitar Audition Pack

CYJO Vocal Audition Pack

If you have trouble accessing the application form below try this link

Application Form


The Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra

CYJO 2017


The Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra is an opportunity for auditioned under-20 local players to be in a prestigious big band led by top jazz tutors and other experienced guests.

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open to audition for the 2017 CYJO.

The band is for auditioned players aged under 20 years of age.

You can find all the audition material and requirements by clicking here.

Applications close on 19 May 2017.

Scott Taitoko will lead the band along with top local jazz tutors and guests.

This year CYJO will be part of the Gala Concert for the Christchurch Big Band Festival in Labour Weekend as well as giving a public performance in September at the Doug Caldwell Concert Room at Ara Music Arts.

Rehearsals are 6pm – 7.30pm at Ara Music Arts on the following dates:

29 May CYJO Rehearsals start
5 Jun Queen’s B’day (no rehearsal)
12 Jun CYJO
19 Jun CYJO
26 Jun CYJO
3 Jul CYJO
10 Jul Mid Year Break (no rehearsals)
17 Jul Mid Year Break (no rehearsals)
24 Jul CYJO
31 Jul CYJO
7 Aug CYJO
14 Aug CYJO
21 Aug CYJO
28 Aug CYJO
4 Sep CYJO
11 Sep CYJO
18 Sep CYJO
25 Sep CYJO
Labor Weekend (Oct) Gala Concert for Big Band Festival (TBA)


There will also be a couple of rehearsals (that haven’t been scheduled) before the Big Band Festival gig – TBA.

Cost for successful applicants: $80. This can be paid directly to ASB 12-3148-0208960-00. Please put your name and CYJO in the reference.

Applicants will need to submit a video of them playing the test piece, which you can download from

The video can be submitted as a privately shared YouTube video or via Dropbox and shared with

Applicants must be committed to all rehearsals.

Please remember to fill in the form on this page, as well as submitting your video.