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Auditions: Graduate/Certificate - Jazz Guitar

​​​Pre-screen Requirements

All jazz applicants are required to submit a pre-audition screening video through our upload page by January 3 (extended deadline). Pre-screenings must be in video format. All videos received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.

Prepare the jazz standard “Hot House" by Tadd Dameron (with an audible metronome set at quarter note=160) using the following arrangement:

  • 1 chorus each of melody and chordal accompaniment
  • 2 choruses of improvised soloing
  • Introduction and coda are optional
  • The form and changes in the underlying harmony should be apparent in the unaccompanied improvised choruses (as well as in the chordal “accompaniment")

Audition Requirements

Applicants have a choice between two audition formats: in person auditions or recorded submissions. Though recorded auditions are accepted, we strongly encourage applicants to audition on campus to benefit from the in-person experience of meeting our faculty and seeing our facilities. ​

  • ​​The melody and chords for “One Finger Snap" by Herbie Hancock and “Little Niles" by Randy Weston
  • A third selection from the standard jazz repertoire may also be chosen by the faculty as an improvisational vehicle
  • An additional selection will be sight-read

Improvise on these selections in a manner that acknowledges the underlying changes in harmonic context .

Recorded Interview Questions (only applicable to those who select a recorded submission to audition)

​Please upload a video that is no longer than 2-3 minutes and responds to the below questions:
-       What is your musical background?
-       Why are you applying to DePaul?​​