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Auditions: Graduate/Certificate - Jazz Piano

​​​​​Pre-Audition Screening Video Requirements - due December 1

Choose TWO (2) compositions 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, You Stepped Out of a Dream, Star Eyes, What is This Thing Called Love, Airegan, Bolivia, Fee Fi Fum
Format: One chorus melody, two choruses chordal accompaniment, two choruses solo improvisation, one chorus melody. 

Audition Requirements

We encourage all applicants, if at all possible, to audition in-person.  

  • Live audition dates are scheduled during the weekends in February. Review list of audition dates by instrument here.
  • ​Recorded video auditions are available by request and must be submitted by February 1 to your Blue Demon Domain (for undergraduates) or your application portal (for graduates/post-masters), in the “edit portfolio" section. To enable the recorded audition submission, you may submit a request form​ for an exemption to upload a recorded audition.

Audition Repertoire 

1) Choose TWO compositions from the following. Play a chorus of the melody, comp two choruses and improvise over four choruses. 
  • Dolphin Dance (Herbie Hancock)
  • Moment's Notice (John Coltrane)
  • I Hear a Rhapsody (Fragos, Baker)
  • Conception (George Shearing)
  • Ceora (Lee Morgan)
  • Confirmation (Charlie Parker)
  • Days of Wine and Roses (Johnny Mercer) (play up-tempo)
  • Have You Met Miss Jones (Rodgers & Hart) (play up-tempo)

2) Choose TWO ballads to be performed in a solo piano style.
  • Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)
  • Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
  • Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron)
  • Old Folks (Willard Robinson)
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (Mercer/Arlen)
  • Darn That Dream (Van Heusen/Delange)
  • But Beautiful (Van Heusen/Burke)
 3) Improvise 4 choruses of Giant Steps (John Coltrane) in each of these keys of "C", "Db" and "D" 

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?​​ ​