Through its programs across Phoenix, the Valley Jazz Cooperative offers music students a unique educational experience, combining:

  • Jazz combo and big band programs, with 

  • Instruction in improvisation, theory and jazz history.


To apply to the East and West VJC programs or to learn more about auditions, please click here.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 21st @ 1:00 p.m. 

SoZo Coffeehouse (Chandler)​

Saturday, March 7th @ 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.

The Nash (Phoenix; two shows)

Upcoming Auditions

Saturday, December 7th, all day

WVJC @ GCC (9:30 to 11:50 a.m.)

EVJC @ MCC (1:00 to 3:50 p.m.)

Additional instrument-specific auditions may be held later for any unfilled chairs.

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A Statement from Russell Schmidt, Director

As one who truly loves teaching, I feel privileged to serve young people, offering them guidance and instruction as they develop their limitless potential as creative artists in the Valley Jazz Cooperative. As I noted when we first launched the VJC, the word “cooperative” was chosen with great intent, after much deliberation. One of our foundational goals is to serve young people in ways that support the outstanding instruction already being offered in so many different corners of Phoenix. We are grateful for the collaborative support of band directors, private music instructors, and (of course) parents, for helping us build a musical and educational community in the VJC that will provide a positive impact in the lives of these students for years to come.


I am deeply gratitude to my Music Serving the Word family for their faith in the VJC. This wonderfully vibrant educational initiative would not exist without MSW support. And I am thankful to Paul Brewer (MCC) and Dave Schmidt (GCC) for their partnership in hosting the initial VJC programs. Their support has allowed the VJC to grow exponentially in a very short time.


Finally, to prospective students, I want you to know the VJC is an exceptional place to explore your gifts and find your passion. We hope you will come join us!


Russell Schmidt — ​Director, Valley Jazz Cooperative


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The Valley Jazz Cooperative is an outreach of
MSWMinistries, a 501(c)(3) organization