Auditions for the 2018-19 Columbus Youth Jazz Program will take place on the following dates and times:
- Saturday, May 5th (for returning students)
Brass: 12:00 – 1:30PMVocalists and Rhythm Section (Guitar, Piano, Bass, and Drums): 1:30 – 3PMSaxophones: 11-12th grade: 3-4pm, 7-10th grade: 4-5pm
Saturday, May 12th (For new students or those less experienced with jazz):Brass: 10 – 11amVocalists and Rhythm Section (Guitar, Piano, Bass, and Drums): 11am – 12pmSaxophones: 12 – 1pm
Location: Jazz Academy – 769 E. Long St. (4th Floor – Red Doors) Columbus, OH 43203
NOTE: Students with conflicts on either day may choose the other date to align with your schedule.
- 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 2018-19 school year.
- Any student can join the 8-week CYJ in the spring and fall. No audition is required for participation in the CYJ Lab.
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.
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 – “Williams” (for beginning/intermediate instrumentalists)
- Etude – “Train” (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.