The 2022 Young Jazz Composers program details are now released!

Feel free to reach out to our Education Coordinator, Mieke Bruggeman at with questions about the program.

About Young Jazz Composers

Formerly known as “Grasshoppers,” the Young Jazz Composers program is a mentorship and performance opportunity for students to learn the ins and outs of composing for a professional jazz ensemble. Through one-on-one private lessons and professional group feedback, students will gain valuable insight into the idiosyncrasies of composing. By the end of the program, students will be able to understand the basic skills needed to compose a tune, use digital notation software, and correctly notate parts for rhythm section and horns.  

Students will be guided through the entire process by our Education Coordinator, Mieke Bruggeman – to ensure that students have a positive learning experience!

Grasshoppers 2018 students and workshop faculty at Portland State University.

Tuition is $400 per student and includes:

  • Two workshops with professional musicians performing their compositions and offering constructive feedback.
  • Four individual composition lessons with a professional mentor.
  • Invitation to attend a PJCE rehearsal in January or February, 2022.
  • Professional audio/video recording of their finished pieces as performed by our musicians at The 1905 – GREAT for college applications and resumés!


We are able to offer a limited number of partial and full scholarships!

The scholarship fund is meant to provide support to students who are recommended by their teachers, but who do not have the financial means to pay full tuition. We don’t ask students to verify their financial status with any kind of documentation, but ask that students and their families consider their financial need when requesting a full or partial scholarship.

Please indicate that you are requesting a scholarship on the Intake Survey (see link below) or by emailing our Education Coordinator,

Hear the voices of the 2018 Grasshoppers on our podcast!


All students should be enrolled in some kind of music study, either in school or independently, and must be able to read music at a basic level. Knowledge of jazz performance is beneficial, but not necessary. Using digital notation software, such as Finale, Sibelius, Muse Score or something similar is highly recommended. 

Important Dates:

  • Workshops will be held on March 5 and April 16, 2022 at Portland State University
  • Final concert will be at The 1905 (830 N. Shaver St) on May 9, 2022 at 6p
  • Four individual lessons with your mentor will be scheduled independently (two in February, one in March and one in April, 2022)

Who can participate:

High-school music students, advanced middle-school students as well as early college students and emerging professionals. Space is limited to 10 students. Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The PJCE will make every accommodation possible for students with disabilities.

How it works:

The Grasshoppers band in performance at The 1905 in March, 2018.

  • Students can be recommended by their band director, private teacher or by contacting our Education Coordinator at
  • Fill out the Intake Survey (below) to determine eligibility, availability and any scholarship needs.
  • Download and review the Deadline Checklist (below).
  • After receiving an acceptance letter, students can sign-up online, get their mentorship assignment and get started!

What is expected of our mentees: 

  • Be proactive about contacting and communicating with your mentor – ask as many questions as you need to feel confident about your work!
  • Having access to a computer is essential. Having access to music notation software is a plus, but we can help students find software if needed.
  • Provide all necessary materials to your mentor and/or musicians by their due dates.
  • Attend both workshops and provide input/answer questions as needed.
  • Attend the final performance.
  • Be prepared to discuss your work for any of our promotional material as well as at the final concert.

To sign up for the program or to learn more, email our Education Coordinator – Mieke Bruggeman at

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