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.

CCM Youth Jazz Orchestra offers a high-level challenge in a big band setting. Emphasis is placed on developing professional musical, improvisational and performance skills. CYJO performs a wide array of styles within the big band genre. Members will also get opportunities to work with local, collegiate, and international jazz artists. Any student playing an instrument within standard big band instrumentation, as well as vocalists, are encouraged to audition.

  • Age group: 14-18 years old
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Audition: Required

Please note that registration is for a full academic year commitment

  • Age group: 12-14
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Audition: May be required
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.
  • Age group: 15-18
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Audition: Required for new members

Designed for motivated 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. Please note that registration is for a full academic year commitment.

  • Age group: 18+ years old
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Audition: Interview and/or audition may be required for new students

An ideal way for adult students to experience and develop performance skills critical to the life of a dancer. Classes include warm up exercises, barre work, floor work, and choreography with opportunities to perform.