Jazz Cats – Young Women’s Street Band

Women are under-represented in many areas of music, especially in the jazz and brass worlds. At Opus we hope to break down the walls of fear and intimidation in improvising, build confidence, and provide a fun and safe environment for young women to experiment with music in a new way. We welcome conversations about women and music- and hope to make an impact in creating positive discourse on this topic.

On January 15, Opus Ithaca will be hosting a screening and discussion of the documentary The Girls in the Band at 5pm to kick off our second semester of JAZZ CATS. This movie explores the fascinating and groundbreaking stories of female jazz musicians from the late 1930s to present day.

WHAT: An All-Female Street Band!  This weekly ensemble aims to empower young women musicians by focusing on the enjoyment of making music with other young women, and breaking down the walls of inhibition. This group will be fun- and full of surprises!

WHO: Sixth through twelfth grade female musicians or musicians of this age who identify as gender non-binary, playing any instrument that can “stroll.” If you think your instrument can not be carried, we can find a percussion instrument or melodica (for keyboard players) that might work- still join us! All musicians are welcome.


WHEN: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm

Jan 22
Feb 5, 12
March 5, 19, 26
April 9, 23, 30
May 7

COST: $120 per student/semester (scholarships available)