Virtual auditions for the online spring semester will occur by submission prior to January 3rd. Any student unable to submit their recording ahead of time may join us for a brief Zoom audition on January 3rd. 

We are asking that all instrumental students submit an audio OR video audition recording by Monday, December 28. 

New Students: Please perform a piece that accurately demonstrates your abilities on your instrument. Consider trying one or both of the 2020-21 Youth Jazz audition pieces if you are unsure of what to play. These pieces are linked below.

Returning Students: It is strongly recommended that you perform a piece that you learned during the fall 2020 semester of Youth Jazz. 

You may submit your recording by clicking the “Submit Audition” button below. Please note that you will need to be logged into a Google account to access the form.

If you are unable to submit your audition, please reach out to Mary Manos, Jazz Academy Coordinator at to schedule a time to audition “live” on Zoom during the January 3rd Youth Jazz session.

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 Requirements:

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 “In a Mellow Tone”, written by Duke Ellington)