Jazz Audition Process for Winds & Rhythm
(except Jazz Drums)
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PERFORM FROM AN ORIGINAL OF THEIR AUDITION MUSIC FOR THE RECORDING
Audition times will be scheduled for 12 minutes each.
Students who audition under the Jazz Audition format are applying for acceptance into the Festival Jazz Ensemble. A separate audition is required to be considered for acceptance into other groups.
Students may audition on different jazz instruments as long as they were correctly listed on their school’s computer application for Jazz Ensemble Auditions once for each audition and the appropriate number of fees were paid. Students may not audition on a different instrument than the one(s) listed for them on their school’s computer application for Jazz Ensemble Auditions.
To complete their audition, students must:
Perform (with or without the music) of the appropriate audition piece, with the house rhythm sections. Piano players will play the melody in the right hand while the left hand is playing the chords. The head should be played in the tradition of the jazz masters (not a strict interpretation of the melody, not just improvising over the changes, but embellishing the melody in a musically accurate manner).
During the performance of the appropriate audition piece, improvise one full chorus of the changes to the solo with the adjudicator house rhythm section, then return to the melody without stopping.
Perform (with or without the music) of the required Technical Jazz Excerpt alone at the tempo and in the style indicated on the music.
Perform an improvisation over a set of unfamiliar with the house rhythm section.
Sightread a section of the appropriate part of a jazz ensemble piece (possibly in a separate adjudication room).