We will be announcing the audition dates for Spring 2023 Session soon!  If you’d like to get an email when the dates become available, please email us at info@yljc.org

Who Can Enroll? 

We accept middle- and high-school music students who are able to play all 12 major scales. Vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to enroll.

YLJC workshop classes are for students who are not quite ready for the demands of being in a YLJC ensemble but want to gain the experience necessary to join an ensemble in the future. The classes are solely to prepare students for the challenges of playing in a group setting, sight-reading, theory, ear training, improvising, etc. After these classes, students should be comfortable and ready for the challenges of being in a YLJC ensemble. To register for workshop classes, Click Here

For information on what is included with ensemble classes, Click Here

For information on Tuition & Scholarships, Click Here

For Adult Classes, Click Here


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* All students including returning YLJC students must register for the 2022-2023 year

Audition Process


For students who were NOT in the program last year—2021-2022

Students who are new to YLJC will have in-person auditions on Aug. 20, 2022. In-person auditions for new students are required so adjudicators can get a better sense of the student’s skill level and place them appropriately.

In-person auditions will take place at 2590 Truxtun Rd., Building 176, Ste. 102, San Diego, CA 92106

If you have a scheduling conflict on Aug 20, please contact us at info@yljc.org

If needed, we will will add more in-person audition time slots to Saturday Aug. 20 or add another audition day on Sunday Aug. 21, 2022

Audition Process


Only for students that were in a YLJC ensemble last year—2021-2022. If you are returning to YLJC but were NOT in an ensemble last year, an in-person audition is required. 

Returning YLJC students are required to submit an audition video by Aug. 14, 2022. Any auditions submitted after Aug. 14, 2022 will only be considered based on instrument availability.

Audition submissions must be compiled into one video. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and submitted using YLJC’s Audition Form. Cell phone videos are acceptable.

*YouTube links must be PUBLIC or UNLISTED and cannot be private.
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Audition Requirements

Carefully Read and Follow the Requirements

Click on your instrument to download the requirements.
Auditions will not be considered if requirements are not followed.




Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Is Tuition?

Tuition is paid by the acendemic year.  Students can also join for the second semster (if there are spots available for their instrument).

  • $1000 for the acedemic year
  • $600 for the second semester only

Siblings receive a 50% percent discount.

There are no registration or material fees.

Do You Offer Scholarships?

Yes, we believe no child should miss out on the opportunity and enrichment that music education provides. To be considered for a scholarship, families should submit a scholarship application prior to the deadline.   Click Here for more details.

How Many Students In A Class?

Ensembles have an average of seven students each.

What's The Class Schedule?

Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. The majority of classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Some classes may be held in the evenings during the week. Class schedules are not set until after the audition process.

What Is The Placement Process?

Placement is administered by faculty, and each student's audition is carefully reviewed. Students are placed in ensembles based on their ability demonstrated in the audition video.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate requests to be placed in a particular ensemble. The best way to get placed in higher-level ensembles is to practice!

How Many Classes Can I Miss?

In order to maintain the cohesiveness of each ensemble, and to be eligible to participate in external performance opportunities, students must not have more than two unexcused absences during the season. An absence is “excused” only as expressly determined by ensemble instructors. 

If a last-minute emergency arises, students should notify their ensemble leader at the earliest possible opportunity. All other excused absences should be presented to ensemble leaders at least one week ahead of time for approval. Examples of excused absences include: college preparatory testing, funeral, family emergency, and illness.

Can I Join Mid Year?

Yes, mid-year auditions are held every December for the upcoming spring semester. Keep an eye on the website for dates or email us at info@yljc.org, and we'll notify you when placement auditions are announced.

Do I Have To Know How To Read Music?

Yes, YLJC has minimum requirements for the audition process, and reading music is a necessary component. Please view our audition requirements to learn more.  

Do You Offer Big Band?

Yes, we have a big band! Members are hand picked by our Artistic Director, Gilbert Castellanos.  

Do You Teach Different Types Of Jazz?

Yes, our curriculum represents many styles of music including traditional jazz standards from the American songbook, Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba Music, Funk Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Bebop, Postmodern Bebop, and Modern Jazz just to name a few. Students are also encouraged to write music for their ensembles.