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Michigan Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Michigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) provides advanced experience performing a variety of big band repertoire in venues throughout Southeast Michigan. Due to restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, MYJO will be moving online for the 2020-21 Season! This online format will include rehearsals with SMTD faculty and students, as well as semi-regular educational webinars ranging on subjects specific to the MYJO ensemble, SMTD admission and much more. This online version will also include performance and/or presentations by professional jazz artists.

The online MYJO ensemble will be open to all high-school aged instrumentalists interested in jazz and/or improvisation. It is recommended for students to have at least one year of jazz experience if they wish to participate but not required.

U-M Faculty Director: Dennis Wilson, Associate Professor of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Rehearsal Location:Online Zoom meeting (accessible via the MYJO course on Canvas)


Fall Term (2020)
September 13
MYJO Orientation / Canvas Overview September 13

September 20
MYJO Rehearsal 1 September 20

September 27
MYJO Rehearsal 2

October 4
MYJO Rehearsal 3 & Webinar 1

October 11
MYJO Rehearsal 4

October 18
MYJO Rehearsal 5

October 25
MYJO Rehearsal 6 & Webinar 2

November 1
MYJO Rehearsal 7

November 8
MYJO Rehearsal 8

November 15
MYJO Rehearsal 9 & Webinar 3

Winter Term (2021)
January 24
MYJO Rehearsal 1

January 31
MYJO Rehearsal 2

February 7
MYJO Rehearsal 3 & Webinar 1

February 14
MYJO Rehearsal 4

February 21
MYJO Rehearsal 5

February 28
MYJO Rehearsal 6 & Webinar 2

March 7
MYJO Rehearsal 7

March 14
MYJO Rehearsal 8

March 21
MYJO Rehearsal 9 & Webinar 3

March 28
MYJO Rehearsal 10

No audition is required for this ensemble, however, there will be an enrollment cap of 25 students.

Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Interested students must complete the following process in order to be considered for the Michigan Youth Jazz Orchestra:

  1. MYE online application form
  2. Pay the $50 application fee

Application Deadline – September 1, 2020
Registration Information Sent – September 4, 2020

Please note: All applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, if positions are available.

2020-2021 Tuition
MYJO Participant – $325.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $175.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

Need-Based Financial Assistance
A limited number of need-based awards are available. To be considered for a need-based award you must complete the online financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 13, 2020). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy.

Please contact us at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu or (734) 936-2660.

MYE 2020-2021 Student Handbook
The 2020-2021 Michigan Youth Ensembles Handbook will be available in mid-August.

Accessing University of Michigan Canvas
Access U-M Canvas for class information. Each ensemble will have a separate Canvas page, available by September 8, 2020. Information will be emailed in mid-August with directions for setting up your Canvas “Friend Account.”

Student Absence Form
To report a planned absence, complete the ONLINE MYE ABSENCE FORM. Please submit all forms at least one week before the planned date of absence.