New in 2019! Youth Jazz Orchestra

Orchestra Members


Consert April 10, 8pm at Milestone. 2 Georgetown Rd, Redding CT. 06896. Ph. 203 587 1700As part of our Talent Inspiring Talent program,  extraordinary high school musicians recommended by their teachers, can audition to be a part of this orchestra. The repetoire is advanced offering inspiration and a challenge to young musicians.

Fun with Likeminded Musicians


  We will provide the opportunity to rehearse and perform with other extraordinary peers, and to gig with some top professional jazz artists. Tentative gig dates at The Heights are 4/10, 5/22 and 6/8 

The Commitment


Accepted students will both play their instruments and receive individual / group instruction during rehearsals.

Rehearsals are 10-12 am at Wilton HS on 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 5/11 (2-4pm), 5/18 and 6/1

Invitation to Join


First Applications due on 1/15. 

Auditions / Placements will be held on 1/17.

See forms below. 

For more information email or call Assistant Band Director and Youth Orchestra President, Per Onnerud (617)967-0886 

Per, above, is the lead trumpet in A Nordic Sound and performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Louie Bellso, Bobby Shew and Boston Horns

World Class Music Coach / Band Director - Jens Wendelboe


An international recognized composer, arranger, conductor and trombonist of jazz and symphonic music. An awesome band leader who also toured or performed with Donna Summer, Blood Sweat and Tears, Shakira, Aretha Franklin and Al Jarreau and many more.

World Class Music Coach / Band Director - Arthur Lipner


Award-winning and internationally acclaimed vibraphone player, ofter compared with Gary Burton and Dave Samuels, Arthur is also a concert pianist with exceptional teaching skills. Arthur has toured, performed in radio and television throughout 25 countries.

Application Forms and Flyer

Send the completed application form by Jan. 15, 2019 to   Then come to the audition / placement exercise, to be held as a Master Class, at Wilton High School (band room) at 7 pm on Jan. 17.  There is no need to prepare any material up front.  Just bring your instrument! Rolling applications also accepted throughout Spring 2019.

2019 Elite Youth Jazz Orchestra Flyer FCNY (pdf)


2019 Application Form (docx)