We are now accepting placement audition videos for the 2020-21 Session. Classes will begin on August 22, 2020.  ALL NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS should submit a placement audition. Audition videos are due July 24, 2020. You will need to submit the two forms found on the bottom of this page. Please fill out the registration form and click submit (if you have not already registered), then carefully read the audition requirements, record your video(s), and upload them to YouTube. YouTube links must be PUBLIC or UNLISTED, not PRIVATE (we cannot view PRIVATE links). Copy and paste your YouTube links into the Audition Form and click submit.

COVID-19 Response

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory will closely review state and local recommendations to determine if it is safe to resume in-person classes when our session starts in August. We are hopeful that we will be able to do so and are working on steps to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. These include:

  • Limiting ensemble sizes to ensure a small number of people are in the classroom at one time
  • Reconfiguring the classroom to allow for social distancing
  • Sanitizing the classroom and providing hand sanitizer for students and staff

We expect to be able to provide more detailed answers on how we will conduct classes in 2020-21 by early to mid-July.

Carefully Read Audition Requirements 

Click here to download the audition requirements and sheet music for both upper and lower division.

Who Can Enroll?

Vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to enroll. We accept serious middle and high school music students who are able to play all 12 major scales. Students are placed in small combos of seven or eight students and rehearse weekly. Every conservatory student will get to play in a concert feature at least one Wednesday during the season in The Young Lions Series at Panama 66. In addition, some conservatory combos will have the opportunity to perform at Jazz @ the Jacobs, Adams Avenue Street Fair, KSDS Jazz Live Series, and festivals throughout the state.


Tuition may be paid for the full session, by semester, or be paid monthly.

  • $950 for the 2020-21 Session
  • $500 per semester, due August 2020 and January 2021.
  • 10 monthly payments of $105 due at the end of each month.

Siblings receive a 50% discount.

Please keep in mind that there will only be seven or eight students per class, so each student will receive very personalized attention. Classes are taught by Gilbert Castellanos, Rob Thorsen, Bob Boss, Charlie Arbalaez and other in-demand players in the San Diego jazz scene.

A limited number of half- and full-priced scholarships are available to students who show merit and whose families demonstrate financial need. Please email info@yljc.org if you are interested in applying for a scholarship.

Click here to make your tuition payment online.

Class Location and Schedule

Please click here for information on class location and schedule.


Fill out the Registration Form

Please fill out the following registration form if you have not already done so and click submit:

Please enter the year you anticipate you will graduate from high school.
Please Enter M, F, or Other
Street Name and Number (and Unit)

Read the Audition Requirements, Upload Your Audition Videos to YouTube, and Submit Your YouTube links on the Form Below

First, carefully read the audition requirements prepared by Artistic Director Gilbert Castellanos:

Click here to download the audition requirements and sheet music for both upper and lower division.

Record yourself playing each of the audition requirements.  You can edit all the requirements into one video or create separate videos for each requirement. Cell phone recordings are acceptable but please make sure the audio is clear. Upload to YouTube (you can mark as "unlisted" if you want to keep these private, or mark as "public." Please do NOT mark as "private" on YouTube or we will not be able to view). Copy and paste the link(s) into the form below and click submit:

If you have any questions or difficulties enrolling please contact info@yljc.org and we will be happy to help.