Jazz Ensemble Audition Requirements and Expectations Spring 2023

Audition Dates

  • T 1/17 – 11-12:30p, MC 2014-VCU Jazz auditions for Small Jazz Ensembles
  • Th 1/19 – 11-12:30p, MC 2014-VCU Jazz auditions for Small Jazz Ensembles
  • M 1/23 – Last day for students to add/drop a course.
  • M 1/23 – F 1/27—First rehearsals of SJEs (as individually scheduled).

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Audition Requirements

Horns: Prepare one tune, especially swing, bossa, Afro-Cuban or samba. Performance should include the melody and a 1-2 chorus improvised solo . You can use a play-along track, or in many cases the faculty can accompany you live. You may be asked to play major and possibly minor scales to assess range, tone and/or technique.


Piano: Prepare one tune, especially swing, bossa, Afro-Cuban or samba. Performance should include melody, 1-chorus of comping, and 1-chorus of an improvised solo. You can use a play-along track (be sure it does not include piano comping already), or in many cases the faculty can accompany you live. You will be asked to play major and possibly minor scales to assess range, tone and technique. Potential comping of a variety of styles on request, especially swing, bossa and samba.


Guitar and Bass: Prepare one tune, especially swing, bossa, Afro-Cuban or samba. Performance should include the melody, 1-chorus of comping, and 1-chorus of an improvised solo. You can use a play-along track (be sure it does not include your instrument comping already), or in many cases the faculty can accompany you live. You may be asked to play major and possibly minor scales to assess tone and technique. Potential comping of a variety of styles on request, especially swing, bossa and samba. VCU will supply guitar and bass amps; guitarists and electric bassists are required to bring their own quarter-inch cords. Double bassists will audition acoustically.


Drums: Unaccompanied performance of a variety of styles on request, including swing, ballad, waltz, bossa, samba and Afro-Cuban, plus possibly trading fours. Drummers are required to bring their own cymbals, hi-hat clutch, sticks and brushes.


All: Sight reading: You will have 1-2 minutes to study an excerpt from a piece. A recommended tempo will be marked but is not mandatory.

Questions about Jazz Ensemble auditions can be directed to Taylor Barnett.

Questions about Jazz Ensemble auditions can be directed to Taylor Barnett.