Jazz Ensemble Audition Requirements and Expectations Fall 2022

Audition Dates

  • T 8/23—VCU classes begin.
    • 12:30-5:30p, MC 2014-VCU Jazz Horn (especially Saxes!) auditions for large and small jazz ensembles.
    • (No JO II rehearsal today.)
  • W 8/24
    • 9:30-10:40a, 12:20-2p, MC 2014-Jazz Horn auditions. (No saxes in the morning.)
    • 2:10-5p, MC 2014-Jazz Guitar/Piano auditions.
    • (No JO I rehearsal today.)
  • TH 8/25
    • 10:30-11:30a, MC 2014-Jazz Piano/Bass/Drum auditions.
    • 12:30-4p, MC 2014-Jazz Piano/Bass/Drum auditions.
    • (No JO I rehearsal today.)
  • SUN 8/28 or sooner—E-mailing of ensemble rosters to all auditionees. (A copy will likely be posted by that time on the Jazz Board outside MC 2014.) All ensemble members must then register for the correct ensemble, and auditionees not placed in an ensemble they may have registered for must then drop the course, to avoid receiving a failing grade at the end of the semester.
  • MON 8/29,
    • 3:40-5:30pm, MC 1003–First rehearsal of Jazz Orchestra I.
    • Last day for students to add/drop a course.
  • M 8/29–F 9/3—First rehearsals of SJEs (as individually scheduled).
  • T 8/30, 4:40-6:20pm, MC 1003—First rehearsal of Jazz Orchestra II.

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Technique 

2-3 Major scales, played two octaves (ascending and descending) in 8th notes at ca. 70bpm. Key and feel (swing vs. straight) chosen by the faculty.

*Drums: prepare to demonstrate the following grooves: 4/4 swing, shuffle, Samba, Bossa, jazz waltz, and 12/8 Afro-Cuban

Sight reading

You will be expected to play a short written passage, after studying for 30-60 seconds. The written passage will be provided by the Faculty at the time of audition. 

Prepared excerpt

Play the attached excerpt, with a metronome (faculty will provide). Also be prepared to scat sing the excerpt (focusing mostly on rhythm and phrasing/articulation).

Improvisation 

Horns: Optional, but encouraged!

Piano/Guitar/Bass: required

You can improvise over a blues in concert F, or on a tune of your choice. Piano/guitar/bass should also demonstrate comping/walking. We will have iRealb accompaniment on hand to use. Students are welcome to bring in their own play-along recording or play unaccompanied. 

Drums: trade 4s on a blues (4 measures time/accomp, 4 measures drum solo, repeat)

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