All jazz applicants (regardless of intended major) are required to submit a pre-audition screening video through our upload page
, under "Portfolio Submission", 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.
REPERTOIRE - Prepare the compositions listed below. Applicants may use a live rhythm section or play-along accompaniment.
- BLUES - Play the melody and improvise 3-4 choruses on Billie's Bounce (Charlie Parker, key of F)
- JAZZ STANDARD (medium tempo) - Play the melody and improvise 2 choruses on one of the following compositions: Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn, C), Autumn Leaves, (Kosma/Mercer, G minor), Anthropology (Charlie Parker, B-flat)
SCALES - Prepare the following scales. Keys listed are on your instrument (not concert pitch).
- Chromatic scale - entire range of the saxophone (low B-flat to high F), ascending and descending
- Major scales - 2 octaves, ascending and descending; keys of F, D-flat, E
Live Audition Requirements
REPERTOIRE - Prepare the following from each category below. 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 - Play the melody and improvise 4 choruses on one of the following Charlie Parker blues tunes with a play-along recording: Au Privare (key of F), Bloomdido (key of B-flat)
JAZZ STANDARD - You must perform a different composition than included on your pre-screening video. Play the melody and improvise 2 choruses on one of the following tunes with a play-along recording: Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn, key of C), Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Mercer, key of G minor), Anthropology (Charlie Parker, key of B-flat Rhythm Changes), Scrapple from the Apple (Charlie Parker, key of F), On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, key of E-flat)
CLASSICAL - Play one short etude or portion of a movement from standard classical saxophone repertoire, such as Selected Studies (Voxman), 48 Famous Studies (Ferling), portion of sonata 1st movement by Heiden, Creston, etc.
SCALES - be prepared to play the following:
Chromatic scale - entire range of the saxophone (low B-flat to high F), ascending and descending
Major scales - all 12 keys, played ascending and descending (two octaves where possible)
SIGHT READING - be prepared to read the following:
Portions of a big band chart or jazz etude, with the use of a metronome.
Melody and improvise on a jazz standard from a Jamey Aebersold play-along series CD