Auditions

Vocal

  • Vocalization to determine a range
  • Singing of one prepared solo piece (2-3 minutes in length) such as an operatic aria, spiritual, art song in any language, traditional or patriotic hymn such as The Star Spangled Banner; America the Beautiful, etc.).
  • Sight-singing (a short excerpt from a large choral work or a sight reading exercise)
  • Testing of tonal memory
  • Brief interview with hearing panel

Piano

  • All major scales (Performance majors: 4 octaves, all other tracks: 2 octaves)
  • Sight reading simple pieces such as those found in the Bach “Anna Magdalena Notebook” or Bartok “Mikrokosmos” Book 2 and 3
  • Repertoire:
    Performance: Two contrasting pieces of a level equivalent to Bach Three Part Inventions, Beethoven Op. 49 or early Haydn, Mozart sonatas
  • Other tracks: Two contrasting pieces of a level equivalent to Bach Two-Part Inventions, Mozart Viennese Sonatinas, Clementi or Kuhlau Sonatinas

Instrumental

  • One major and one melodic minor scale of your choice (preferably 3 octaves, 2 octaves for bass)
  • Two contrasting works (fast and slow).  For example, a movement from a concerto and a movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • Sight reading

Composition and Theory

  • Portfolio of Compositions: coming soon

Jazz Studies

Prepared Piece:

Prepared piece should be within the jazz idiom. Select 2-3 pieces that demonstrate technical proficiency on the instrument as well as competency of various jazz styles.
Possibilities: Excerpt from big band selection, bebop melody, jazz etude, transcription.
Demonstrating: tone, facility, range, style, articulation, dynamic contrast, confidence, musicality Horns/Guitar/Bass/Piano - Demonstrate an ability to execute melodies in a variety of styles
Guitar/Bass/Piano - Demonstrate an ability to comp & read figures in a variety of styles
Drums - Demonstrate an ability to play a variety of time feels & set up big band figures.

Improvisation

Select 1-2 pieces (can be the same as your prepared piece) to improvise over that demonstrate ability to solo over a variety of styles and harmonic progressions.

Sight Reading

Sight reading is a critical element to success within the jazz & commercial field. Excellent sight reading abilities should be demonstrated during the audition. Excerpts will be provided at the audition.

Scales

Major, natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, dorian, mixolydian Full range of your instrument performed with a jazz articulation in all keys.

Intonation

Playing perfect intervals & major & minor 3rds over a drone in tune.

Ear Training

Aural recognition of various jazz sonorities:
Triads: Major, minor, augmented diminished
7th:: Major Major 7, Major minor 7, minor 7, half-diminished 7, fully diminished 7