VYOA Jazz is for our state’s finest high school jazz musicians. Led by Kyle Saulnier, musicians explore playing and improvising in different jazz styles while enjoying the camaraderie of meeting and performing with musicians from across the region. Musicians will perform in combos and big band settings and work with some of our area’s finest jazz educators.

General Information

Director: Kyle Saulnier
Ensemble Manager: Juliette Chant
Tuition: $700, financial aid is available
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Elley-Long Music Center

Fall VYOA Jazz 2024 rehearsals are on the following Saturdays:

September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, and 19.

Final Concert: October 19, 2024 at 11:30am

Skills Expectations:

–Have a strong control of their instrument, top-to-bottom
–Are able to confidently hold their own with written material in an ensemble
–Are able to sight-read reasonably well
–Have a working knowledge of and/or aptitude for basic (key-based, diatonic) music theory
–Familiarity with playing and improvising in a jazz style is welcomed though not required – a willingness to dive in and learn absolutely is


Please register no later than September 1, 2024. Contact Juliette Chant at juliette@vyo.org with any questions.

Financial Aid

The online financial aid application is coming soon!

The VYOA is committed to ensuring that no child is turned away from participating due to financial circumstances. Need-based financial aid is available to all qualifying families with a combined household income up to $120,000 who wish to apply.  Your most recent tax documents and a $50 deposit will need to accompany your application. Additional questions can be emailed to juliette@vyo.org.