Program Offerings & Application Information

In response to the changes in our educational landscape caused by the global pandemic, the Valley Jazz Cooperative is pivoting toward additional online instruction through Zoom, at least until we can all be safely reunited in the future.

While the VJC has been providing online private lessons for some time—and eligible students can continue to look into these by contacting the VJC Director via email—we are now adding periodic workshops focusing on specific topics in jazz performance and music education. These VJC Online offerings will differ from conventional (in-person) VJC instruction, as we will not require enrollees to be in a particular grade range in school. Instead, there will be age requirements for participation in the workshops.

The VJC will not be charging a fee to participate in these workshops. But we are requesting that enrollees (or their parents/guardians) make some form of direct donation to one of three organizations we support. We will consider any such donation as equivalent to a registration charge for VJC Online workshop participation. The three organizations are:

1) The Changing Lives Center (of the Phoenix Rescue Mission)

 Click HERE to donate directly to CLC, making sure to choose it in PRM’s Designation menu.


Music Serving the Word Ministries, the parent organization to the Valley Jazz Cooperative, has had a fruitful partnership with the Changing Lives Center for years, providing Ministry resources and personnel to assist with worship there. Donations are tax-deductible, as the CLC (through its parent organization, the Phoenix Rescue Mission) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


2) Teen Challenge of Arizona

Click HERE to donate directly to TCAZ.


MSW Ministries has also had a long-standing relationship with Teen Challenge of Arizona, once again offering Ministry resources and personnel to assist with worship there. Donations are tax-deductible, as TCAZ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


3) The Nash (of Jazz in AZ)

Click HERE to donate directly to The Nash.


The first performances of the East Valley Jazz Cooperative (May 2016) and the West Valley Jazz Cooperative (May 2017) were each held at The Nash. More VJC performances have taken place there than at any other venue. As such, the VJC enthusiastically supports this venerable performance space. Donations are tax-deductible, as The Nash (through its parent organization, Jazz in AZ) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


To participate in either the East VJC or the West VJC, one must apply online, then audition as detailed below.


  1. Application Start Here! Students should complete the online application form, confirming their intention to audition with the VJC.

  2. Audition Scheduling – Here you will find information about when and where auditions are held and how to schedule a 10-minute audition to participate in a VJC ensemble.

    VJC combo program auditions are held each year around late August/early September. VJC big band auditions are held each year around late November/early December, after marching band season concludes. While students are welcome to apply to the VJC at any time---as to participate in activities such as "The Hang"---those two windows are the only open audition periods each year.

  3. Audition Materials – This page features .pdf files (one for each combo or jazz ensemble instrument) for students to DOWNLOAD and practice in advance of their audition.

    Students playing the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums are welcome to apply and audition. In some cases, other instruments (such as vibraphone or French horn) may be considered; however, such possibilities must be explored with the VJC Director prior to submitting an application.

Interested in joining a VJC ensemble? Please fill out the online form below, confirming your interest and your intent to audition. After completing the form, you will receive a follow-up email providing details about the audition-scheduling process. Thank you!


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