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Auditions: Graduate/Certificate - Jazz Piano

All jazz applicants are required to submit a pre-audition screening video through our Acceptd page by December 1. Pre-screenings must be in video format. All videos received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times. Upon passing the pre-screening, you will receive notification by no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your live audition. ​​

Pre-Screening Requirements

Choose one composition from each of the following categories: 

  • ​Blues (medium tempo) – Suggested tunes: Billie’s Bounce, Au Privare, Blue Monk, etc.
  • Jazz Standard (up tempo) – Suggested tunes: Stablemates, Moment’s Notice, You Stepped Out of a Dream, etc.
Format: One chorus melody, two choruses chordal accompaniment, two choruses solo improvisation, one chorus melody​

Choose one ballad composition from the following list to be performed in a solo piano style:

  • ​Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)
  • Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
  • Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron)
Format: First A section rubato, introduce tempo on second A section and continue through one full chorus​


Live Audition Requirements

  • Choose two compositions from the following. (Pre-recorded rhythm tracks will be provided)
    • Dolphin Dance (Herbie Hancock)
    • Moment's Notice (John Coltrane)
    • I Hear a Rhapsody (Fragos, Baker)
  • Choose one ballad to be performed in a solo piano style.
    • ​Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)
    • Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
    • Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron)
  • Sightread a selected section of a big band chart.​