Young Musicians Education – New! Youth Jazz Choir

The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is excited to announce the launch of our Youth Jazz Choir. We have successfully run a Youth Jazz Ensemble for many years and by adding a new choir, we will have the opportunity to reach out to more young musicians in our community. Young vocalists between the ages of 14 and 22 are invited to apply to this free program. Successful applicants will attend a series of workshops leading up to a performance at the festival. Our students walk away with more than just a new list of music to practice. They learn how to work together as a team, how to  communicate with other band members, and they gain experience performing in a professional setting.

Our choir director, Joni NehRita, has been an incredible inspiration for many young vocalists and we are pleased to have her in this role. Joni brings great joy into her work that is easily seen in her performances and teaching.

The Young Musicians Education Program is available to musicians ages 14 to 22 who are interested in further developing their jazz musicianship and performing with a group of their peers at the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival July 21st -23rd, 2017.

Successful applicants will work with some of Waterloo Region’s finest jazz musicians in a series of workshops, which will focus on the various aspects of jazz improvisation and performance in an ensemble.

Participants will also learn the behind the scenes skills necessary to stage a gig at a major music festival.

The program ends with performances onstage at the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival.


To apply to the Youth Jazz Choir, please complete this application – YMEPYJC-2017