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Durham Jazz: Inspiring Durham’s next generation of jazz musicians.

Who We Are

Durham Jazz is a community youth music program and registered charity based in the Durham Region just east of Toronto, Canada.

The program provides training and experience in jazz ensemble performance on all instruments, including voice, at every level from beginner to pre-university.

Since its inception in 2009, Durham Jazz has performed to great acclaim across North America and Europe, including earning multiple Gold levels at MusicFest Nationals.

Durham Jazz is directed by a volunteer team of Durham music teachers, with support from music professionals from the Greater Toronto Area.

The program is open to all middle and high school students in the Durham Region and nearby.

What We Value

We aim to:

  • Provide a challenging and rewarding music education experience for all members
  • Help students progress in their musical journey, including preparing for auditions into secondary and tertiary music programs
  • Support local school music programs and promote jazz education in the wider community
  • Have fun making great music together in a collaborative, family environment!

How it Works

Auditions – Students audition in late September for a place in the program. See the Auditions page for more information.

Rehearsals – We rehearse on Thursday evenings, October to May. Rehearsals are 1.5-2 hours long.

Retreat – Our 3-day Retreat (Nov 1-3, 2024) is an opportunity for intense rehearsal, focused learning, and active team-building. (Included in $500 entrance fee)

Performances – Ensembles perform at concerts, festivals, and community events throughout the year. Our annual 5-day trip gives members the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned jazz educators and performers from North America and Europe.

Fees – Our annual fee of $500 covers the cost of all instruction, music, uniform, and the 3-day Retreat. Limited scholarships are available for 5 day trips. It is the firm policy of the directors that Durham Jazz membership is open to all eligible students, regardless of financial constraints.

 

Upcoming Events

Audition Due Date

September 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Audition Information

Musical Opportunities Available for the Season 16 (2024-2025):

We are preparing to offer a variety of ensembles this season. For more information see the audition pages.

  • Durham Jazz Junior BIG BAND & COMBO (up to grade 9)
  • Durham Jazz Intermediate BIG BAND & COMBO (grades 8, 9 & 10 with some exceptions)
  • Durham Jazz Senior  BIG BAND & COMBO (grades 11&12 with some exceptions)

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