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Jazz is open to composers and instrumentalists. Strong auditions showcase the artist’s individual work, technical expertise, and highlight the artist’s unique and original sound (if you are a jazz vocalist, please see voice).
hear from alumni & master artists
Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy | Master Artist
Ignacio Berroa | Master Artist
Emmet Cohen | 2009 Winner in Jazz
select performances from winners
"Swinging at the Haven" arranged by 2018 Winner Veronica Leahy
"Tones for Joan’s Bones" arranged by 2018 Winner Joseph Curreri
"U.M.M.G." arranged by 2018 Winner Benjamin Cohen
"Someday" composed by 2018 Winner Joseph Giordano
"Pannonica" arranged by 2018 Winner Ethan Moffitt
"Five Will Get You Ten" by Sonny Clark performed by 2018 Winners in Jazz
About the Competition
For more information on the YoungArts' national arts competition please visit our main competition page. For application specific information such as eligibility or how to apply, visit our apply page.