RYJO allows metro-Atlanta’s best young musicians between the ages of 13 and 18 to experience jazz in an immersive, educational environment. The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) was formed by Dr. Gordon Vernick in June 2010. RYJO consists of one big band and five jazz combos. RYJO exposes students to the full spectrum of jazz music and education. The students are selected through audition; participating high school students come from the following counties: Fulton, Cobb, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Clayton, and Fayette. Home schooled students are also encouraged to audition.