Jazz Ensemble Auditions

2019-20 Academic Year

Students interested in participating in a large instrumental jazz ensemble and/or combo should check-in for their audition outside of room 103 (Organ Studio) in the Music Building. Vocalists should check-in for their audition outside of room 306 (Dr. Stamps' office) in the Music Building.

Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Jazz Guitar, and Jazz Mallet auditions include:

  • major scales
  • sight-reading
  • a prepared etude (downloadable below!)
  • optional – improvisation over a Blues or standard tune of your choice
  • Saxophonists are encouraged to indicate doubling abilities on flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet

Rhythm Section (piano, bass, and drum set) auditions will be in a group format for returning students and one on one for first year students. They will include:

  • demonstration of swing, latin, and rock/funk grooves
  • interaction with other rhythm section members (returning students only)
  • prepared etude below (based on the jazz standard There is No Greater Love by Isham Jones. Special attention should be paid to playing the melody, comping chord changes or walking bass lines, and marking the tune’s form.
  • optional – improvisation over a Blues or standard tune of your choice

Vocal auditions include:

  • two contrasting prepared songs from the Great American Songbook (doesn't have to be from the actual book - just standard jazz repertoire)
  • a sight-singing exercise
  • a brief interview regarding your past experience fronting an ensemble and/or singing in a vocal jazz group

Etude and Play-a-long