Auditions have been held for the 2017-18 season.

There is still time to join the CYJ Lab in 2018! Click below to register.

Auditions for the 2017-18 Columbus Youth Jazz ensembles have already taken place. However, you may still join the Columbus Youth Jazz Lab in the fall and spring! Contact for more info.

Audition Process

  • Auditions for the CYJ program are held in the spring each year and students are placed in one of four ensembles.
  • Any student can join the 8-week CYJ in the spring and fall. No audition is required for participation in the CYJ Lab.

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:

Changes to the requirements may be made as the audition dates come closer.

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!

  • Etude – “Monk” (for beginning/intermediate instrumentalists)
  • Etude – “Mulligan” (for intermediate/advanced instrumentalists)
  • Students may choose to play the melody and an improvised solo on a memorized jazz standard from the following list in lieu of (or in addition to) the prepared etudes:
    • Tenor Madness
    • Satin Doll
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Billie’s Bounce
    • Yardbird Suite
    • Anthropology (Thriving on a Riff)
  • These pieces are considered to be standards that developing jazz musicians should know. They are listed in order of difficulty. Sheet music with play-a-long audio tracks can be found in the following Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long books: Volume 54 and Volume 6.

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