We are now accepting placement audition videos for the 2020 Second Semester Session. Classes will begin on January 4, 2020. If you are currently in a Young Lions Jazz Conservatory class you do not need to re-audition. ALL NEW STUDENTS should submit a placement audition. Audition videos are due December 15, 2019. 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.

Carefully Read Audition Requirements 

Click here to read the Lower Division requirements.

Click here to read the Upper Division requirements.

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


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

  • $500 for the second semester, due in January 2020.
  • 5 monthly payments of $105 due at the end of each month ($525)

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.

Half- and full-priced scholarships MAY be available to students who show merit and whose families demonstrate financial need. Click here to view and download the 2019-20 Scholarship Application.

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.

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 read the Lower Division requirements.

Click here to read the Upper Division requirements.

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@younglionsjazzconservatory.org and we will be happy to help.