Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

Your audition for the 2017-18 season should be recorded and submitted via email, along with a completed Audition Form. Please see audition requirements for each instrument below.

2017 AUDITION TIMELINE
Primary Audition Window May 1—Sept. 1, 2017
Students Notified By Sept. 3, 2017
Registration Window June 15—Sept. 3, 2017

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
  • Your ability to read music
  • Ability to demonstrate a jazz or swing feel
  • Knowledge of basic scales
  • Basic knowledge of counting and playing rhythms (16th notes, triplets, etc.)

Video Submissions
Your audition video should be submitted via email along with a completed Audition Form to Cameron MacManus (macmanusc@uncsa.edu) and Benjy Springs (bsprings@greensboro.edu).

Audition Form

Audition Requirements by Instrument

Bass

Students choose one of the five songs below. Play the melody to the composition, walk and improvise. 4 chorus maximum.

  • Oleo – Bb
  • Billie’s Bounce – F
  • Take the ‘A’ Train – C
  • In A Sentimental Mood – F
  • Ornithology – G

Technical: Chromatic scale (ascending and descending demonstrating your current range; lowest to highest comfortable note). Choose your own tempo.

Drums

Students choose one of five songs below. Play the rhythmic melody to the composition, play time for one chorus and improvise. 4 chorus maximum.

  • Oleo – Bb
  • Billie’s Bounce – F
  • Take the ‘A’ Train – C
  • In A Sentimental Mood – F
  • Ornithology – G

Piano & Guitar

Students choose one of five songs below. Play the melody to the composition, comp for one chorus and improvise. 4 chorus maximum.

  • Oleo – Bb
  • Billie’s Bounce – F
  • Take the ‘A’ Train – C
  • In A Sentimental Mood – F
  • Ornithology – G

Technical: Etude or solo transcription of your choice.

Saxophone, Trumpet & Trombone

Students choose one of five songs below. Play the melody to the composition and improvise. 4 chorus maximum.

  • Oleo – Bb
  • Billie’s Bounce – F
  • Take the ‘A’ Train – C
  • In A Sentimental Mood – F
  • Ornithology – G

Technical: Chromatic scale (ascending and descending demonstrating your current range; lowest to highest comfortable note). Choose your own tempo.