Registration for the fall semester of the 2022-23 season is now open.

Auditions will be held:

August 27th from 10:00am – 2:00pm and August 28th 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the Jazz Academy.

Audition Information

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 Date & Time:

August 27th, 2022 10:00am – 2:00pm (Returning Youth Jazz students)

10-11:30am: Saxophones

11:30-12:30pm: Brass

12:30-2pm: Rhythm Section

August 28th, 2022 12:00pm – 3:00pm (New Youth Jazz students)

12-1pm: Saxophones

1-2pm: Brass

2-3pm: Rhythm Section

*NOTE: If you are unable to attend the scheduled audition date, please reach out to Rachel Azbell at for information on how to submit a virtual audition.

Audition Requirements:

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

2.) Choose ONE selection from the following etudes. Students will be asked to perform the song two times through (take the repeat): First time: play the written melody, Second time: perform an improvised solo. When in doubt about improvising on the song, simply restate the melody, utilizing new rhythms and variations!

Level 1 – for beginning/intermediate instrumentalists

(based on the 12-bar blues in the key of concert F)

Level 2 – for intermediate/advanced instrumentalists

(based on the standard jazz song “Lady Be Good”)

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