Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements

Students auditioning for the Courtenay Wynter Sr. Memorial Jazz Camp should submit auditions via email to macmanusc@uncsa.edu. Please see audition requirements for each instrument below.

2019 AUDITION DEADLINE: June 1

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, Voice, Piano, and Bass

Play melody and improve two choruses of a blues in Bb or F, or a jazz standard such as “Take the A Train” or “Blue Bossa.”  Students may play unaccompanied, with an ensemble, or with backing tracks from YouTube or similar sources.  Contact the CMS for suggested backing tracks.

Drums

Play 2 choruses of a 32 bar song 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.