Register for the 2017-18 Columbus Youth Jazz Program by clicking the button below!

Auditions for the 2017-18 Columbus Youth Jazz Program will take place at the Jazz Academy (769 E. Long St, 4th Floor, Columbus, OH 43203) on the following two dates:

  • Sunday, April 23rd  (for previous youth jazz students and students with more experience in jazz):
    • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Brass instruments (trumpet & trombone)
    • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Rhythm section (piano, bass, drum set, guitar)
    • 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Saxophones (feel free to bring multiple saxes and woodwind doubles)
  • Saturday, April 29th (for first-time auditionees and musicians with less experience in jazz):
    • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Brass instruments (trumpet & trombone)
    • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Rhythm section (piano, bass, drum set, guitar)
    • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Saxophones (feel free to bring multiple saxes and woodwind doubles)

*** Students may audition on either date if they have a scheduling conflict.

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 Process

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

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!

  • 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.