Jazz Ensembles

From advanced performers to novices looking to explore jazz in a group setting, CCM Prep offers an outstanding and unique experience! Our one-of-a-kind program teaches jazz musicians at all levels and most ages, from beginner to professional. We also offer access to CCM faculty and state-of-the-art facilities.

For students in 10th-12th grades. 

The Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra offers a high-level challenge in a big band setting. Emphasis will be placed on developing professional musical, improvisational and performance skills. CYJO performs a wide array of styles within the big band genre, with performances held on- and off-campus. Any students playing an instrument within standard big band instrumentation, as well as vocalists, are encouraged to audition for this group.

For students in 7th through 12th grades.
Learn jazz the way the masters did! Jazz Explosion puts the focus on small-group jazz playing, and teaches jazz improvisation with an emphasis on learning by ear and group interaction. No jazz experience is necessary, and the ensemble is a great place for both beginning improvisers, and more advanced players looking to grow their ears and deepen their melodic instincts and knowledge of jazz style.

For students in 9th through 12th grades and adults.

Our combo groups are aimed at motivated students and learners who want to perform jazz at a high level in a small group setting. Members will learn jazz standards and contemporary tunes with a primary emphasis on improvisation and small-group interaction.