Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

Students auditioning for advanced combos in the spring 2018 semester should submit auditions via email to 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 (

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.”


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.