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 2.5 hour instructional rehearsals February through April, 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. High school student applicants will be selected by audition.

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), trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums
  • Auditions: January 21 & 22, 2018
  • Rehearsals: Sundays beginning February 4 through April 29, 2018
  • Performance, etc:  A performance in Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center on April 30, 2018 and a professional recording session of the ensemble’s repertoire (date TBD)
  • 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's visiting artist in residence, internationally acclaimed jazz trombonist and educator Conrad Herwig.
  • Cost: $120 participation fee if selected.
  • 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 an audition to demonstrate their playing ability, knowledge of Jazz music, music theory and sight reading abilities.

To receive information regarding January 2018 auditions, please click here.

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