Jazz Audition Process - Audio Recordings

Three recordings submitted for Jazz auditions

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PERFORM FROM AN ORIGINAL OF THEIR AUDITION MUSIC FOR THE RECORDING

AUDITION TIMES
Audition times will vary based on the length of the piece being performed.  Rests need be counted through in tempo.  Excerpts will be performed at the tempos required.

 

ADJUDICATION
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.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
To complete their audition, students must:

  • Audio record their performance (with or without the music) of the appropriate audition piece, with the appropriate Music-Minus-One recording (provided with the Aebersold book that contains the audition piece). 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.

  • Audio record their performances (with or without the music) of the required Technical Jazz Excerpt alone at the tempo and in the style indicated on the music.

  • Audio record an improvisation over a set of unfamiliar over a recording available for download from the website for this purpose.

RECORDING SUBMISSIONS

To complete each student's audition, teachers must:

  • Submit three recordings for each student through the Upload site.

  • The first recording will be the audition piece including improvisation, the second will be the jazz excerpt and the third will be the improvisation over unfamiliar changes.

  • Auditions will not be considered unless all three recordings are uploaded for the student applicant.

  • All recordings must be in MP3 format

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