Registration for our 2020-2021 Columbus Youth Jazz large bands is now open.

Audition Information for 2020-2021

Auditions for the 2020-21 Columbus Youth Jazz season will take place May 2nd and 9th.

Audition Process

  • Auditions for the CYJ program are held in the spring each year and students are placed in one of four ensembles which will rehearse and perform from September until May of the school year.
  • Any student can join the 8-week CYJ Lab in the spring and fall. An audition is highly encouraged, but not required for participation in the CYJ Lab.
The schedule for both audition days is listed below and subject to change:
10am-12pm: Saxophones
12-1:30pm: Brass
1:30-3pm: Rhythm Section/Vocalists

Audition Advice:

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.)

Your private music instructor and/or band director can be helpful to you as you prepare for this audition.

Audition Requirements:

1.) Students will be asked to play the ascending and descending B-Flat major scale. (Brass: two octaves if possible).

2.) Choose ONE selection from the following etudes, OR one of the standard jazz songs listed below. Students should be able to play the melody (memorization is preferred), and are encouraged to take an improvised solo. When in doubt, simply restate the melody, utilizing new rhythms and variations!

3.) You will be asked to perform a sight reading excerpt, to be chosen by the panel based on age/skill level.