General Information

The Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of nurturing the love of jazz among young people in the Middle Tennessee area.

Rehearsals for the NYJE occur on Sundays afternoons from September through early May. NYJE presents two or more concerts each semester at various locations throughout the Middle Tennessee region. We also sponsor “NYJE Jazz Fest” each year at the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville, TN. At this event we feature performances by high school and middle school jazz bands from all over Middle Tennessee, in addition to our own NYJE Jazz Big Bands and nationally-known jazz guest artists.


Each fall the NYJE holds auditions for spots in its TWO 22-piece big band jazz performance ensembles. The audition materials are posted approximately 45 days prior to the audition due dates. To receive audition materials and information please go to the “Audition” page of this website and register to audition.


Tuition for student members of NYJE is $260 per year. This amount is payable at the first rehearsal in September. Our organization is proud to be able to also offer needs-based scholarships to students who wish to be in our bands.



Dr. Richard Ripani-ensemble director


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