Triangle Youth Jazz Summer Sessions

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

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Open to musicians in 6th grade and above with at least one year of experience. This year we will also accept graduating seniors.  Musicians who are new to the Philharmonic Association will play a short virtual audition on June 28 to determine which ensemble best fits their needs and skill level. That assignment will provide them with the best learning opportunity for their level. Triangle Youth Jazz Summer1 (TYJS1) is the more advanced of the two groups. You will be contacted by email with a specific audition time. If you are unavailable on the audition date, please contact the Executive Director at

Auditions take place virtually over Zoom on Sunday, June 28.
Rehearsals  Weekly virtual rehearsals beginning in July for 5 weeks, on Wednesdays 3- 5 for TYJS2 and Thursdays 7 – 9 for TYJS1.

2020 Summer Session Schedule

Triangle Youth Jazz Summer 2 rehearsals  July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 2020 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Triangle Youth Jazz Summer 1 rehearsals  July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6 , 2020 7:00 – 9:00 pm

2020 Summer Session Plans

Triangle Youth Jazz Summer 2
Participants will learn basic fundamentals, scales, and chords, and work through jazz reading exercises. The session will also cover beginning improvisation and basic jazz theory. Participants will be given weekly assignments with each musician receiving individual feedback.

Triangle Youth Jazz Summer 1

Each week a new arrangement will be covered, emphasizing phrasing, style, form, and harmony. Participants will break out into sectional rehearsals for a portion of each session.  During the week, the participants will record their individual parts, receive evaluation, and then send the improved recording for further coaching. 

Participation Fees
The fee is $100. Checks mailed before the first rehearsal.
Please make checks payable to: Philharmonic Association, or PA, Inc.
Mail to PO Box 782, Cary, 27512.

Audition Requirements

Saxophones, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass and Guitar

  • 2 Major scales, one or two octaves: one of musician’s choice, the other of the adjudicator’s choice with up to 4 flats or 4 sharps.
  • A prepared jazz etude or bebop melody of musician’s choice.
  • Sight-reading


  • Prepared jazz etude or piece of musician’s choice. (Please provide a copy for the adjudicator.)
  • Sight-reading


  • Prepared jazz standard song of musician’s choice. (Please provide a copy for the adjudicator.)

Triangle Youth Jazz Summer Sessions Artistic Staff


Dr. Gregg Gelb, Director
Triangle Youth Summer Jazz

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