WIJO Mentors

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JULY 15, 2021, Midnight EST:

Applications are now OPEN for the 2021-2022 Season!

Visit https://app.getacceptd.com/wijo to apply and for all application guidelines. Read below for more information.

Email all questions to mentors@wearewijo.org.


WIJO Mentors is a collegiate mentorship program designed to connect and enrich the community of women and non-binary people in Jazz. The program provides strong role models to up-and-coming jazz musicians and composers in a safe and supportive environment, and offers a way for established jazz musicians and composers on the scene to actively participate in and help shape the future of their art form. Selected student participants will work with professionals from around the world in a one-on-one setting to receive guidance on musical, career, and interpersonal skills, as well as having a once in a lifetime experience to build a new relationship with an established musician or composer.

WIJO Mentors 2021-2022 will run October 15, 2021 through June 1, 2022 and is a no-cost program for all selected participants.

WIJO Mentors Program Outline

WIJO Mentors consists of a minimum of:
- 2 private lessons, each at least 1 hour long
- 4 additional meetings or discussions, each at least 30 minutes long

Mentees will also receive the following:
- Work with their mentors on need-assessment and goal-setting
- Feedback from mentors on all their application materials
- Invitation to all WIJO Mentors online and in-person events, including “meet & greet” sessions, workshops, masterclasses, and jam sessions
- Access to additional WIJO resources

Suggested Topics of Discussion:

- Musical Skills: Practice routine, harmony, band leading, chart writing, attending/leading a jam session, recording, listening, etc.
- Professional Skills: Social media promotion, brand management, booking gigs, website building, networking, industry information, etc.
- Interpersonal Skills: How to present yourself in a professional way, getting to know how the Jazz community works
- Shared Experiences: How to navigate the experience of being a woman or non-binary person in Jazz


WIJO is now accepting applications for the upcoming season of WIJO Mentors through Acceptd, on online platform for arts organizations. Please visit our landing page there to apply, and read the full application guidelines.

The WIJO Mentors selection committee is looking for mentees who show strong artistic vision, a commitment to their musical growth in the area of jazz, and potential to contribute to the community of women and non-binary people in jazz.

Building on the success of previous seasons, WIJO Mentors will only accept 20 mentee participants this year. This change will not only ensure consistency and growth in the quality of mentor-mentee relationships but will also allow WIJO Mentors as a program to support its participants to the fullest capacity.

Applicants can choose to apply as primarily either a vocal performer applicant, instrumental performer applicant, or composer applicant. If selected to participate, the applicant will be paired with a mentor in the category they apply for. Applicants can only apply in one category per season.


WIJO seeks and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for WIJO Mentors 2021-2022. We are committed to representing and cultivating diversity in all areas of this program. This commitment is present in all decision making, including the selection of mentees and mentors. Diversity, inclusion, and equity is a primary consideration in the review process of determining which mentee applicants are chosen to participate.


In order to qualify to be selected as a mentee for WIJO Mentors, the applicant must:

- Be between the ages of 18 and 24 years old (as of October 15, 2021)

- Identify as a young woman or non-binary individual

- Provide evidence of a commitment to pursue jazz professionally either through current participation in a music degree program or through proof of artistic practice. *Currently and actively studying jazz or show a strong desire to pursue jazz in the future and show a high capacity for understanding and working to improve in areas specific to jazz.

International Applicants: This program is open to all applicants, regardless of location, including students inside and outside the U.S.


  1. Submit a WIJO Mentors online application form (through Acceptd)
  2. Include all supporting materials in application form:

Cover Letter

Current Bio

Current Resume

Letter of Recommendation


Audio/Video Submission*

Score (Composers only)*

Application Fee

*All vocal & performer instrumental applicants are required to submit one video recording of their playing/performing in order to be considered for acceptance to WIJO Mentors. All composer applicants are required to submit both a score of an original composition and an accompanying audio or video recording of their composition (does not have to include their own playing/performing).

Please read the GUIDELINES carefully for more information about the WIJO Mentors program, including detailed application requirements, before beginning your application. These are available on the WIJO application landing page through Acceptd.

Previous participation in the WIJO Mentors Program does not guarantee selection for the current season. 

Please note that mentor/mentee matches in the same locality are NOT guaranteed.

2020-2021 Season Roster

Congratulations to our class of 2021 Mentees for a wonderful season of WIJO Mentors. We are so proud of you and all you accomplished during this particularly challenging year!

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Pictured and Listed Alphabetically, Top L to R, each row, top to bottom.

Alexandra (Allie) Biancoviso (trombone), Anson Jones (voice), Bell Thompson (trumpet), Devon Gates (bass), Eliana Fishbeyn (composition), Emma Taylor (bass), Faith Quashie (voice), Katelyn Robinson (voice), Katie Carson (trumpet), Kellin Hanas (trumpet), Lauren Elliott (composition), Malin Carta (saxophone), Marlen Suero-Amparo (drums), Olivia Hughart (saxophone), Renuka Jayasinghe (saxophone), Stephanie Tateiwa (saxophone), Summer Camargo (composition), Yvonne Rogers (piano), Zandra Azoulay (drums), Courtney Wright (composition)

A HUGE thank you to our 2021 Season Mentors for their generous contribution of Mentorship to these young musicians. We couldn't do this without you!

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Pictured and Listed Top L to R, each row, top to bottom.

Vanisha Gould (voice), Tomeka Reid (composition), Jennifer Wharton (trombone), Grace Kelly (saxophone), Janis Siegel (voice), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), Shirazette Tinnin (drums), Carla Cook (voice), Lessie Vonner (trumpet), Helen Sung (piano), Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet), Christine Jensen (composition), Gabrielle Murphy (saxophone), Mimi Jones (bass), Chloe Rowlands (trumpet), Camille Thurman (saxophone), Allison Miller (composition), Marion Hayden (bass), Ayn Inserto (composition), Sharel Cassity (saxophone)

2019-2020 Season Roster



Olivia Hughart, Malin Carta, Grace Frarey, Madeline Winters, Morgan Hurlock, Lael Dratfield, Lauren Elliott, Crystal Rebone, Hannah Dunton, Jahnvi Madan, Yu Nishiyama, Jhoely Garay, Sejin Kim, Naomi Nakanishi, Maya Keren, Anastassiya Petrova, Alice DeRagon, Sarah Irvin, Bell Thompson, Katie Carson, Summer Camargo, Shannon, McDougall, Emily Gelineau, Catherine Byrne, Joie Bianco, Yifei Zhou, Rachel Azbell, Elizabeth Sadler, Alaina O'Neill, Kassandra Charalampi, Rose Stoller, Dina DiMarco



Alden Hellmuth, Alexa Tarantino, Melissa Gardiner, Karolina Strassmayer, Mercedes Beckman, Christine Jensen, Lisa "Paz" Parrott, Katie Ernst, Mary Ann McSweeney, Lihi Haruvi-Means, Erica Seguine, Shirazette Tinnin, Dida Pelled, Rachel Z Hakim, Roberta Piket, Monika Herzig, Angela Morris, Virginia Mayhew, Bria Skonberg, Barbara Laronga, Nadje Noordhuis, Shannon Gunn, Akua Dixon, Leonor Falcon, Kristina Koller, Aubrey Johnson, Brenda Earle Stokes, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, Lauren Lee, Noriko Ueda, Tammy Scheffer, Rachel Ekroth

Spring 2019 WIJO Mentors Roster

WIJO Mentors Spring 2019 Mentees


Genesis Berrios, Anna Blackmore, Malin Carta, Kassandra Charalampi, Domi Edson, Jhoe Garay, Jess Goodrich, Sarah Hanahan, Morgan Hurlock, Malwina Masternak, Liany Mateo, Sarah Milligan, Yu Nishiyama, Anastassiya Petrova, Jade Saffery, Ella Jane Sharpe, Bell Thompson, Talia Rubenstein, Courtney Wright

WIJO Mentors Spring 2019 Mentors


Mercedes Beckman, Rachel Eckroth, Melissa Gardiner, Jocelyn Gould, Christine Jensen, Aubrey Johnson, Kristina Koller, Barbara Laronga, Virginia Mayhew, Elsa Nilsson, Nadje Noordhuis, Dida Pelled, Roberta Piket, Mayu Saeki, Karolina Strassmayer, Brenda Earle Stokes, Sumi Tonooka, Noriko Ueda, Rachel Z

Fall 2018 WIJO Mentors Roster

Wijo Mentees


Alexandra Ayoob, Bell Thompson, Diamond Anderson, Montana Heater, Jade Saffery, Liany Mateo, Jessica Goodrich, Malwina Masternak, Yvonne Rogers

Wijo Mentors


Alexis Cole, Melissa Gardiner, Monika Herzig, Barbara Laronga, Roberta Piket, Lauren Sevian, Svetlana Shmulyian, Joanna Wallfisch, Rachel Z


If you have any questions about the WIJO Mentors Program or application process, please send us an email.