Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

Students auditioning for advanced combos in the spring 2018 semester should submit auditions via email to macmanusc@uncsa.edu. Please see audition requirements for each instrument below.

2018 AUDITION DEADLINES (two weeks prior to the start of class)
Jazz Combo I January 21, 2018 / March 25, 2018
Jazz Combo II January 21, 2018 / March 25, 2018

We look forward to hearing you play and want you to have a successful audition and experience. As you play through your audition, we will be listening/watching for the following:

  • Your sound and tone/touch
  • Ability to demonstrate a swing feel
  • Familiarity with jazz vocabulary and repertoire
  • Ability to improvise over chord changes

Video Submissions
Your audition video should be submitted via email to Cameron MacManus (macmanusc@uncsa.edu).

Audition Requirements by Instrument

Winds, Brass, Piano and Bass

Play melody and two choruses of a blues in Bb or F, or a jazz standard such as “Take the A Train” or “Blue Bossa.”

Drums

Play 2 choruses of a 32 bar form unaccompanied, with a straight 8ths Latin feel on the A sections, and a swing feel on the bridge (as in the jazz standard “On Green Dolphin Street”). Tempo may be at the player’s discretion anywhere from 120 and 240 bpm.