Auditions have passed for the 2018-19 season, but we encourage new students to join the tuition-free CYJ Lab, beginning in September 2018! For 7-12 grade instrumentalists, registration is required.

Auditions for the 2019-20 Columbus Youth Jazz season will take place in April/May 2019. Please read below for the 18-19 auditions information for your information.

Audition Process

  • 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.

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:

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!

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