School of Music > Admission & Aid > Auditions > Graduate/Certificate > Jazz Saxophone
The pre-audition screening requirement for prospective graduate Jazz Saxophone Performance students consists of the following elements:
I. REPERTOIRE – Prepare one composition from 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.
II. SCALES – Prepare the following scales/patterns ascending and descending, played the entire range of the saxophone (no altissimo). Keys listed are on your instrument (not concert pitch).
Chromatic scaleModes of major scale (scale and in diatonic triads): B major, Ab mixolydian
We encourage all applicants, if at all possible, to audition in-person.
**NOTE: Applicants must bring a play-along CD or music playing device (e.g. smartphone, tablet or laptop) with play-along tracks for the audition. An 1/8" stereo audio cable will be provided to plug into our audio system, but you will need to provide any adaptor to convert the output of your device to the provided audio cable.**
After pre-audition screening is completed, students invited for the next round of auditions prepare an audition consisting of the following elements:
I. REPERTOIRE - Prepare one composition from each category listed below. You must perform a different compositions than included on your video pre-screen audition. Applicants may use a live rhythm section or play-along accompaniment. If using a live rhythm section, the applicant should be the only soloist. If desired, applicants may substitute comparable works in each category that demonstrate similar skill.
II. TRANSCRIPTION - play a self-made transcription along with the source recording. 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.
III. SCALES - Be prepared to play the following scales/patterns ascending and descending, played the entire range of the saxophone (no altissimo). Scales should be played at an even, brisk tempo.
IV. SIGHT READING – be prepared to sight read the following
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: