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Young Womens Jazz Workshops

About the Workshops

Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy are pleased to present the 2017 Young Women’s Jazz Workshops.

Now in its fifteenth year the Young Women’s Jazz Workshops is a short course aimed at young women who are interested in pursuing skills in jazz and improvised music. The course offers exclusive opportunities for participants including ongoing performance and touring prospects. Participants also create new friendships and networks with likeminded people. Our course tutors are sought-after educators and in-demand musicians. The course includes masterclasses with leading practitioners in the field. Classes run over eight weeks on Saturdays, culminating in a public concert. We cater to all skill levels. Entry is by audition and written application. This could be a life changing experience, so don’t hesitate in applying today!

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Course Objectives

Develop the skills and confidence of young women in jazz and improvised music
Broaden knowledge of jazz & improvised music, including the contribution of outstanding Australian artists in this field.
Increase awareness of career options in jazz and related areas.
Encourage students to understand audition processes and apply for tertiary jazz courses.
Nurture and foster friendships and support networks amongst young women jazz musicians.

Course Requirements

Knowledge of jazz is not a prerequisite, but applicants should have an interest in developing their improvisation skills and be interested in studying or developing a career in music. There are a number of levels that students will be divided into and students will form part of the Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced ensembles. Students' levels are decided during the audition process. The course is open to all young women who fulfil the criteria. Younger students are also welcome to audition.

Audition requirements

1. Play a piece of your own choice that demonstrates what you are best at.
2. Sight reading of music and chord changes.
3. Major scale in several keys.
4. Play a blues head and improvise over the form
(depending on experience of the applicant)
5. Drummers only: Demonstrate swing, bossa nova, rock and jazz waltz feels.

*A piano accompanist will be provided for the auditions. Drummers please bring your own sticks and cymbals. Guitarists please bring your own leads.

Important Dates

to be advised

Course dates (all Saturdays 10am – 1pm)
July 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, *
September 2, 9, 16

  • NB: no classes August 26 – University Open Day

Final Concert Wednesday September 20 in the Music Cafe at The Con.

How to apply

To apply complete an application form and mail to YWJW, PO Box 55, Broadway, NSW 2010 or email to

An application form can be found here:

For more information

Vanessa Chalker (SIMA)
02 9036 6292

About the Workshops

Developed by SIMA and Sandy Evans OAM in 2002, the Young Women’s Jazz Workshops (YWJW) is an innovative short course to inspire women to play, study and pursue a professional career in jazz. Since its inception, the course has become an important catalyst for more women working in the genre through its unique combination of skills development and positive role-modelling.

‘Sadly, women are still very under-represented in jazz – professionally and in tertiary courses. This course provides a supportive environment for aspiring female jazz musicians to explore their creativity and develop their skills in this exciting and challenging musical genre’. Sandy Evans, OAM (course founder, musician/composer)

Our Young Women’s Jazz Workshops prepare students for music studies including the audition process. YWJW graduates make up the majority of the women studying jazz at a tertiary level in NSW and in 2013 a record number of women were accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium’s Jazz Program. Our workshop participants have also been accepted into jazz courses at other Universities around Australia.

In addition to skills development, the program forms a network of women who support and encourage one another and the musical friendships that are formed extend well beyond the duration of the five-week course.

What students have said

This course has played a pivotal role in my development as a jazz musician. A magical thing happened in this course and after only 3 workshops, I performed my first guitar solo at a gig with my band. This has not only improved my own musical experience, but theirs as well. I would love to return and do the course again next year. Thank you so much!
Cassandra – student, 2008

The workshops have had a positive impact on my musical ability. They allowed me to practice and strengthen concepts such as listening and interacting with the rhythm section when improvising, following chord changes and guide tones and using interesting rhythms and phrasing better in solos.

Bernice – student, 2015