Camel City Jazz Youth Orchestra

Camel City Jazz Youth Orchestra (CCJYO) is a big band experience for students in high school. It provides the opportunity to explore the individual skills of each student within a supportive ensemble environment, with a concentration on exploring jazz styles, standard repertoire and beginning improvisation. The ensemble is a collaboration between Camel City Jazz Orchestra and UNCSA Community Music School.

Led by Director Benjy Springs, the band brings together students from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels to create a fun and motivating introductory experience. Students receive hands-on jazz improvisation training through weekly theory classes at 2 p.m on Sundays, followed by ensemble rehearsals from 3 to 5 p.m. Classes and rehearsals take place at the Community Music School, located in the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

CCJYO is open, on an audition basis, to students who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drums.

  • Primary audition window: May 1 to June 1, 2017*
    *Due to numerous requests, the CCJYO audition deadline has been extended until July 1, 2017
  • One-year commitment to CCJYO consists of two semesters with 14 rehearsals/theory classes and one performance each
  • Cost: $550/year. 1/2 payment due by July 15, 2017

Additional information, including audition requirements and full rehearsal schedule, available at

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Director Benjy Springs