We are now accepting placement audition videos for our second semester. Second semester classes begin January 7, 2017. Students who are already enrolled in a Sunday ensemble do NOT need to re-audition. Audition videos are due December 31, 2017. You will need to submit 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. Copy and paste your YouTube links into the Audition Form and click submit.

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. Students will also have the opportunity to record at Lost Ark Studios, a professional recording studio.


Tuition for the second semester covers classes beginning January 7, 2018, running through the end of May, 2018. We anticipate 20 class meetings for the second semester. The cost is:

$475 if paid on or before the first day of classes;
$100 per month in 5 monthly payments (total $500);
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 and Rob Thorsen, San Diego's top jazz musicians and educators.

Half- and full-priced scholarships MAY be available to students who show merit and whose families demonstrate financial need. Review the Scholarship Application here.

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:

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.  Click here to read the audition requirements prepared by Artistic Director Gilbert Castellanos. 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" on YouTube if you want to keep the videos private) and copy and paste the link(s) into the form below and click submit:

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