Registration and audition materials for the 2023-2024 Youth Jazz season will be announced soon. All students (new and returning) must register each year for the YJ program. Stay tuned for more information!

AUDITION INFORMATION

Requirements from the 2022 – 23 Season


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.


CYJ Vocal Lab Audition Requirements 2022 – 2023:

All vocalists must audition for the CYJ Vocal Lab. Students must perform one tune from the Vocal Lab tune list. For jazz standards, scat singing/improvisation is not mandatory but highly encouraged. Please bring a lead sheet or sheet music in your key OR a backing track that you can sing along with.


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/choir director can be helpful to you as you prepare for this audition.

AUDITION DATES

Saturday, May 6th


10-11:30: Saxophones

11:30am-12:30pm: Brass

12:30-2pm: Rhythm Section

Saturday, May 13th


12-1:30pm: Saxophones

1:30-2:30pm: Brass

2:30-3:30pm: Rhythm Section