Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band

(2023 Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band)

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MusicFest Canada, “The Nationals” invites you to audition for the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band, an honour group for exceptional high school students.

 Under the direction of esteemed saxophonist/educator Christine Jensen (Eastman School of Music), the 2024 CSCJB will gather in Toronto, ON from May 12-18, 2024 in preparation and presentation of jazz ensemble masterworks.  CSCJB members will also receive a sectional workshop from a renowned jazz educator (all sponsored by the University of Toronto!), as follows:

SAXOPHONE:  Allison Au

TRUMPET:        Rebecca Hennessy

TROMBONE:    Karl Silveira

RHYTHM:       Rich Brown

Participation in the CSCJB includes eligibility for some of more than $50,000 of industry-sponsored scholarships.

The fee for successful applicants is $60. If you have any questions about the CSCJB, please email Neil Yorke-Slader (

Accommodations for out-of-town honour ensemble members have been arranged at the University of Toronto.  Honour ensemble members are encouraged to stay at the university, but ARE NOT required to do so.

MusicFest is subsidizing the cost to have participants reside close to the rehearsal locations. Because of this subsidy, they are limited to members of the honour groups and can only be booked through the MusicFest Canada office. These arrangements are limited to six (6) nights only. For those wishing to stay at the University of Toronto, the cost is $499.00 for the week. If you have a preference for the person sharing the room, that can be indicated on your online registration if you are accepted into the ensemble.

Check In: Sunday, May 12, 2024 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Check Out: Saturday, May 18, 2024 11:00am

Transportation to and from Toronto is the responsibility of each individual musician. Any honour ensemble member travelling by air to Toronto will be met promptly by MusicFest staff either wearing a MusicFest T-shirt and/or carrying a MusicFest sign. We will provide ground transportation to the university (and back).


Please note: The audition requirements for the York University National Youth Jazz Combo and the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band are identical. Your application for either ensemble will automatically qualify as your application for the other.  DO NOT SUBMIT TWO SEPARATE APPLICATIONS. The deadline for applications is January 22, 2024.


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