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Auditions: Graduate/Certificate - Jazz Saxophone

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

REPERTOIRE - Prepare a composition in each category listed below. Applicants may use a live rhythm section or play-along accompaniment. If desired, applicants may substitute comparable works in each category that demonstrate similar skill.

  • ​BLUES (medium tempo) - Play the melody and improvise 4 choruses. Suggested tunes: Cheryl (Charlie Parker), Some Other Blues (John Coltrane), Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins), Freight Trane (John Coltrane), Sandu (Clifford Brown), etc.
  • JAZZ STANDARD (up tempo) - Play the melody and improvise 2 choruses. Suggested tunes: rhythm changes (Oleo, Moose the Mooche, Ray's IdeaEternal Triangle, etc.), Cherokee (Ray Noble),  It's You or No One (Sammy Cahn), What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter), Moment's Notice (John Coltrane), etc.
SCALES - Prepare the following scales/patterns ascending and descending, played on the entire range of the saxophone (no altissimo). Keys listed are on your instrument (not concert pitch).

  • ​Chromatic scale
  • Modes of major scale (scale and in diatonic triads): B major, A-flat mixolydian

Live Audition Requirements

REPERTOIRE – Prepare a composition in each category listed below, to be played from memory. For the first two categories, applicants must perform a different composition than included in your video pre-screening. If desired, applicants may substitute comparable works in each category that demonstrate similar skill.  Applicants must bring a play-along CD or music player with play-along tracks for the audition (iPod or similar, with headphone output jack). ​   

  • BLUES (medium tempo) -  Play the melody and improvise 4 choruses. Suggested tunes: Cheryl (Charlie Parker), Some Other Blues (John Coltrane), Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins), Freight Trane (John Coltrane), Sandu (Clifford Brown), etc.
  • JAZZ STANDARD (up tempo) - Play the melody and improvise 2 choruses. Suggested tunes: rhythm changes (OleoMoose the Mooche, Ray's IdeaEternal Triangle, etc.), Cherokee (Ray Noble), It’s You Or No One (Sammy Cahn), What is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter), Moment’s Notice (John Coltrane), etc.
  • Ballad - Play the melody and improvise 1 chorus. Suggested tunes: Body & Soul (Johnny Greene), 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk), Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael), Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington), etc.
SCALES - be prepared to play the following scales/patterns ascending and descending, played on the entire range of the saxophone (no altissimo):
  • Chromatic scale
  • Modes of major scale (all keys): scale and in diatonic triads
  • Melodic minor scales (all keys)

TRANSCRIPTION - play a self-made transcription along with the source recording provided in CD or mp3 form.  The transcription should be at least 32 bars in length (e.g. 1 chorus of a standard song form, or at least 3 choruses on a blues form).  However, you are not limited to 32 bar forms or blues for your chosen transcription.

SIGHT READING - be prepared to read the following:

  • ​Portions of a big band chart or jazz etude, at tempo
  • Melody and improvisation on a jazz standard from a Jamey Aebersold play-along series recording
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