Jazz At Lincoln Center Launches New Tuition Free Education Program

Jazz at Lincoln Center launches the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra (JLCYO) program, a new tuition free initiative for local students.

Twenty high school student musicians from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) who meet the program admission requirements will be selected to comprise the JLCYO. The musicians will be provided with the opportunity to enhance their musical education with the finest professional training and performance opportunities. Applications are due on Friday, May 10th.

Members of the JLCYO will rehearse weekly, learning big band repertoire and performance techniques from JLCYO Director Vincent Gardner, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and JALC Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. The JLCYO, collaborating with professional artists and a choir of high school singers from New York City public schools, will perform sacred music by jazz legend Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on Sunday, March 23, 2014, as part of a year-long creative learning project exploring Ellington’s music, developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

“We are thrilled to partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center for Ellington’s Sacred Music, our creative learning project next season,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “The project will engage talented high school musicians from throughout the New York area and we are particularly excited that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra will provide continued year-round musical opportunities and instruction for the participating instrumentalists.”

“An understanding of Ellington’s music is an essential ingredient for our young people; both in terms of their 21st century skills-collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and as an expansion of their individual humanity,” says Todd Stoll, Vice President of Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center. “Duke Ellington is a true American genius and these young people will come to the full knowledge that his legacy is part of their birthright as citizens.”

Click here for more information about eligibility and admission requirements for the JLCYO

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