Music Audition Requirements
Two contrasting pieces, with at least one of the two pieces should be composed by a jazz musician such as Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, etc.
Play the written melody once at the beginning, then improvise on the form of the tune for between 1 and 3 minutes. If you play a chord instrument (like piano or guitar) and have other jazz musicians to play with, please demonstrate your ability to accompany someone else’s solo. The composed melody should only be played one time at the beginning. If you play bass, please demonstrate walking bass lines in one piece, and another type of rhythm in another piece (such as funk, bossa nova, ballad, ostinato, or Afro-Cuban, etc.). If you play drums, please demonstrate a swing feel on one piece and another type of rhythm in another piece.
If you are auditioning live, we will provide a pianist or bass player to play with you at your audition.
If you are auditioning by video, submit a recording with a small jazz ensemble consisting of bass, drums and chord instrument (guitar or piano). If a live group is not available, then a “play along” recording is fine for accompaniment. Please use the guidelines above.
Please Note: If you have no previous small jazz ensemble experience, you may audition by playing two contrasting pieces in any style. At least one of the pieces should demonstrate your ability to play in strict metric style (no rubato, no tempo shifts).
2-3 Classical art songs from standard solo vocal repertoire, performed from memory, with live piano accompaniment. A pianist will be provided for you at our live auditions.
Video Submission Guidelines:
Digital Audition Submissions
If unable to attend a live audition, students may submit a video audition using Slideroom. Digital audition submissions should follow the same guidelines as listed above. Please be sure not to alter the sound of the recording or add reverb. We would like to hear you as naturally as possible, as if you were auditioning for us in person.