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The National Jazz Festival features a large variety of competitive and non-competitive categories for ensembles and individuals as well as categories for jazz composition, music educators, and our own “LOVE AWARD”!

HIgh school - large ensemble

High School Jazz Ensembles comprised of 12 or more performers may perform in competitive or non-competitive divisions based on total school enrollment. All ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from adjudicators.

Registration Fee - $300 per ensemble

Vocal Jazz - Large Group

High School Vocal Jazz Ensembles with 12 or more vocal performers with rhythm section or accompaniment may perform in competitive or non-competitive divisions based on total school enrollment. All ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from adjudicators.

Registration Fee - $300 per ensemble

High School - Small Ensemble

High School Jazz combos comprised of 10 or fewer performers may perform in competitive or non-competitive divisions based on total school enrollment. All ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from adjudicators.

Registration Fee - $300 per ensemble

VOcal Jazz - Small Group

High School Vocal Jazz Ensembles with between 4 and 12 vocal performers with rhythm section or accompaniment may perform in competitive or non-competitive divisions based on total school enrollment. All ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from adjudicators.

Registration Fee - $300 per ensemble

Middle SChool - Large Ensemble

Middle School Jazz Ensembles will have the ability to apply to attend the festival. Further application information will be posted on this site. The application will include a youtube video of the middle school ensemble playing 2 contrasting pieces of their choices. Applications will be due by November 30th this year. The accepted finalists will be notified by November 10th so that the have time to plan their trip to Philadelphia in February. All ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from adjudicators.

*Please Note - Videos submitted may be from the previous school year's ensemble. This is not only allowed but encouraged as the application deadline makes it difficult for middle school ensembles to be performance ready this early in the school year.

Registration Fee - $100
If selected, there will be a $200 acceptance fee.

Vocal Jazz - A CaPpella

High School Vocal Jazz Ensembles without rhythm section or accompaniment may perform in competitive or non-competitive divisions based on total school enrollment. All ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from adjudicators.

Registration Fee - $300 per ensemble

Jazz Composition

Individual high school student composers will have an opportunity to submit scores and recordings to this category. Application information will available soon on this site. To apply, high school student composers will have to send in scores (PDFs) and a recording (midi or live) of their composition. The finalists will be invited to have their work performed live at the festival.

Registration Fee - $75 per individual

POP-CapPella

High School A Capella Vocal Ensembles without rhythm section or any non vocal accompaniment may perform in competitive or non-competitive divisions based on total school enrollment. These ensembles should have a primarily pop-based repertoire. All ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from adjudicators.

Registration Fee - $300 per ensemble

Solo Jazz Piano

Individual jazz pianists will have an opportunity to apply to be selected this category. Application information will available soon on this site. To apply, high school student pianists will have to send a youtube recording of themselves performing. The finalists will be invited to perform live at the festival where they will be adjudicated on their live performance.

Registration Fee - $50 per individual
If selected, there will be a $50 accpetance fee.

Jazz Vocal Solo

Individual vocalists will have an opportunity to apply to be selected this category. Application information will available soon on this site. To apply, high school student vocalists will have to send a youtube recording of themselves performing. The finalists will be invited to perform live at the festival where they will be adjudicated on their live performance.

Registration Fee - $50 per individual
If selected, there will be a $50 accpetance fee.

2019-2020 Jazz Educator Award

High School and Middle School Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Directors are eligible to be nominated for the "National Jazz Festival - Educator Of The Year" award. Nominations will open in September and the finalists will be notified in November. The award will be presented at the National Jazz Festival on February 15th, 2020

Registration Fee - None

2019-2020 love award

High School student musicians are eligible for the "National Jazz Festival - LOVE AWARD". This award will be given to a student that has used their passion for music to better the lives of others through activism and/or community service. Students must be nominated by their directors, parents, or fellow musicians. Nominations will open in September and the winner will be notified in November. The award will be presented at the the National Jazz Festival on February 15th, 2020.

Registration Fee - None