This youth orchestra is perfect for you if you play a string instrument (guitar counts too!) and you're open to playing new kinds of music.

Your repertoire will draw from jazz, pop, blues, funk, classical and world music, and include pieces that feature extended techniques. In addition to playing what’s written on the page, you'll create your own music through improvisation. Open to grades 7-12.


Rachel Nesvig, bio below

This ensemble is open to intermediate to advanced string players in grades 7-12. If you’re interested, please register for placement below.

Sunday, Nov 17, 11:30am-1:30pm (grades 7-12)
You will meet one-on-one with the ensemble director Rachel Nesvig. Please prepare a piece you are currently working on and come ready to sight-read and discuss your musical interests and experience. 

Placement slots are first come, first served in your time frame. If you cannot make it to the placement day, please contact

Weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
January 8, 2020 - May 13, 2020

Improvisation Workshops with Steve Treseler
Saturdays, February 8 & 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


  • Royal Room Show: Sunday March 8, 2020
    4:00pm-6:00pm | Doors at 3:30pm
    Call Time/Soundcheck: 3:30pm

  • Final Concert ‘JazzED Jamboree’: Sunday, May 17, 2020
    Venue: TBD
    Call Time/Soundcheck: TBD
    Performance: TBD

Click here for the JazzED Program Calendar >

Ensembles rehearse at the MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican St in the Madison Valley neighborhood. Click here for a map.

We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Please note, monthly amounts below apply to December 2018-April 2019 time frame.

Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • $1,175, $235/month, do not enter any code

  • $925, $185/month, enter code NINETWENTYFIVE

  • $675, $135/month, enter code SIXSEVENTYFIVE

  • $425, $85/month, enter code FOURTWENTYFIVE

  • $250, $50/month, enter code TWOFIFTY

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer  

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

You can also read our cancellation policy (recommended).

JazzED Youth Orchestra Director


Rachel Nesvig

Inspired by her Norwegian roots, Rachel Nesvig has built a career around her love of music, performance, teaching, and Scandinavian tradition. She earned her BA in Music and Norwegian from St. Olaf College in 2007, followed by a master’s degree in Violin Performance and K-12 Teaching Certificate from Central Washington University in 2011. Although violin is her main jam, Rachel is an avid Hardanger Fiddler (the national folk instrument of Norway), an aspiring violist, an enthusiastic conductor, and a novice improv actor!

Rachel’s love of playing music includes her dedication to teaching. She absolutely loves coaching summer camps such as the Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive, Icicle Creek Summer Symphony, and Pipestone Music Camp. Apart from freelancing in Seattle, traveling is one of Rachel's favorite activities. She hopes to continue to play all types of music for audiences around the world.