J&J Realty contributed $1,000 and we raised an additional $1,100.00 from generous community members. The total amount of $2,100 will cover tuition and private instruction for a young musician who would otherwise be unable to join YLJC.
"Raising up the next generation of jazz is really where my passion and heart and soul is. When I was starting out, someone gave me a chance to get on stage and took the time to invest some of their knowledge and experience in me. It's a big part of my success today, and I'm grateful. Today, I'm giving back, and watching these young adults blossom into amazing musicians is an honor and a gift!"
-Gilbert C. Castellanos, Founder and Artistic Director
Young Lions Jazz Conservatory - Jazz Education for Middle and High School Musicians
Young Lions Jazz Conservatory offers one of the most prestigious jazz education programs in Southern California. This top-quality conservatory is open to middle and high school instrumentalists and vocalists who complete and meet audition requirements. Students are placed in small ensembles where they receive professional instruction from San Diego’s top jazz musicians and educators including Gilbert Castellanos, Rob Thorsen, and Marshall Hawkins. Music students delve into jazz theory, history, and performance and receive many opportunities to perform in concerts and attend jazz festivals throughout California. Young Lions Jazz Conservatory is the top school for middle and high school kids with a passion for jazz.
Young Lions Jazz Conservatory is pleased to provide you with our first ever impact report. The impact of your generosity and support over the span of just under five months has been remarkable, and we can’t thank you enough for making so much possible for our kids. Together, we are making a difference in young lives.
This month power couple Rob Thorsen (YLJC Instructor) and Steph Johnson appear on the cover of San Diego Troubadour. They discuss their home, their life together as working musicians, their musical up-bringing, and their work with the homeless choir. A truly inspiring read!
Congratulations Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Artistic Director Gilbert Castellanos on your nomination for “Artist of the Year” from the San Diego Music Awards!
We are proud of our thirteen-year-old bassist John Murray for being featured in The San Diego Reader this week! This incredibly talented young man explains his musical beginnings, the opportunities he has at Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, and his musical aspirations.
Students of Young Lions Jazz Conservatory partnered with the young actors of Theatre Art School of San Diego on a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production was set in the roaring twenties and featured jazz music from our conservatory students, tumblers from May Acro and Dance and a cast of incredible young actors.
Two Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students received Young Arts awards. Pianist Jason Picker received “Jazz Composition Merit Award,” this is a big honor! Serena Geroe (guitar) and Jason Picker were both chosen as GRAMMYCamp finalists. Congratulations, students!
Dharma Dorazio, bass, and Carmen Murray, drums, two Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students, joined forces with Edward Gabrielyan, keys, (a not-so-Young-Lion, he graduated out of the program last year) to form “The Misletone Trio” to do some holiday jazz. They recorded a promotional CD/EP that somehow found it’s way to KSDS Jazz 88 radio station.
We are pleased to have our 16-year-old vocalist Zion Dyson featured this month in The San Diego Troubadour magazine. Zion’s passion for jazz certainly stands out in this feature. She discusses her start on the stage at The San Diego Junior Theater, her jazz education with Gilbert and Lorraine Castellanos, her involvement with the Young Lions, and her dream of studying jazz at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Congratulations, Zion, and thanks for putting the spotlight on San Diego’s youth jazz scene.