Walton Arts Center is now recruiting students for The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars.

A Youth Ensemble

Students accepted for The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars will receive training from top-notch and highly experienced faculty. Educational emphasis will be placed on the jazz style, improvisation, instrument technique, jazz combo and music theory.

Students will meet weekly for a 2 hour instructional rehearsal over a four month period, culminating in a concert performance at Walton Arts Center plus a professional recording session of their repertoire.

Our goal is to give students an opportunity to take the techniques they learn in the rehearsals and apply them to concert performances, jam sessions and recordings. Pre-college student applicants will be selected by audition and invitation.

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars offers its members the chance to be participate in a unique musical community of like-minded, passionate young musicians at a pivotal point in their personal development. .

  • Eligibility Students must be in grades 9-12 and reside within the Northwest Arkansas region
    At least 2 years experience on the instrument or comparable proficiency (exceptions may be made based on skills and experience)
  • Instruments Saxophones (alto, tenor, bari), clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums
  • Auditions Dates TBD
  • Rehearsals Dates TBD
  • Performance, etc. A performance in Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center (Date TBD) and a professional recording session of the ensemble’s repertoire
  • Instructors University of Arkansas Music Professor Rick Salonen, Professional guitarist and Music Instructor Ben Harris, Members of the Fayetteville Jazz Collective and Walton Arts Center visiting artists in residence.
  • Cost $120 (includes 12 rehearsals and concert at Walton Arts Center).
  • Contact Robert Ginsburg, Walton Arts Center’s Jazz Curator: 479.571.2751 rginsburg@waltonartscenter.org

The Audition Process

Students entering the Jazz Studies Program will take part in a membership audition to demonstrate their playing ability, knowledge of Jazz music, music theory and sight reading abilities.


If you would like to be considered for next fall's auditions, please click here.

Click here for audition materials. (No fee for auditions.)

Click here to read Walton Arts Center's Learning Guide: Jazz Is What You Make It.