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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Jazz

Live Audition

Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on their Lamont application. All auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. Applicants should prepare one work from each category of the Jazz Audition Song List. The applicant will choose one of the prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly the third work as well. Applicants may be asked to perform a classical piece. Rhythm section, amplifiers and a drum set will be provided. Applicants must provide music for the accompanying trio. Play-along/Sing-along recordings are not acceptable for a live audition.

Applicants unable to travel to Denver

Applicants unable to travel to Denver for a live audition must submit a recorded VIDEO audition by January 15. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Please download the accompanying mp3 file of Blues in F to use as the accompaniment on that portion of your audition.

Area-Specific Requirements

Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, TromboneTrumpet, Voice, Woodwinds, Writing and Composing

Bass

  1. An etude of medium difficulty from Simandl, Thirty Etudes
  2. Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses).
  3. Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the Jazz Audition Song List (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection).
  4. Demonstrate at least three choruses of walking bass lines on a Blues in F.

Drums

  1. Perform an intermediate/advanced snare drum solo in either the orchestral or rudiment style
  2. Demonstrate good time-keeping and an understanding of the following styles:
  3. Jazz - Medium and Fast Swing with sticks, Ballad and Jazz Waltz with Brushes Rock
  4. Funk - 16th Note and "Hip Hop" feel
  5. Latin - Bossa Nova and Samba
  6. Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses of "trading fours").
  7. Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the Jazz Audition Song List (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection).

Guitar

This audition should be presented on video with live or prerecorded drums and bass (do not include piano).

For all 4 songs submitted, you will:

  • Play the head (melody)
  • Improvise for 2 choruses
  • Play chordal accompaniment - "Comp" throughout
  1. A Standard 12-bar “jazz” blues tune - (e.g. Now’s The Time, Tenor Madness, Sonnymoon For Two)
  2. A jazz or standard ballad (e.g. Body and Soul)
  3. A medium or up-tempo swing jazz standard
  4. Solo guitar piece (optional) - play the melody of the tune using "chord-melody" without accompaniment. Choose any jazz standard.

Piano

  1. A two-part invention by Bach
  2. Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses).
  3. Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the Jazz Audition Song List (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection)
  4. Demonstrate at least three choruses of "comping" on a Blues in F.

Trombone

  1. A lyric etude from Rochut, Melodius Etudes
  2. Chromatic scale the range of the instrument from bottom to top, slurred eighth notes at quarter note equals 120 b.p.m.
  3. Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses).
  4. Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the Jazz Audition Song List (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection)

Trumpet

  1. Second Movement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto
  2. Chromatic scale the range of the instrument from bottom to top, slurred eighth notes at quarter note equals 120 b.p.m.
  3. Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses).
  4. Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the Jazz Audition Song List (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection)

Voice

  1. Student's choice of; one operatic aria in original language or English translation, oratorio aria, French art song, German art song, or Italian art song.
  2. Vocalize to display range and technical abilities
  3. Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses).
  4. Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the Jazz Audition Song List (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection)

Woodwinds

  1. One of the odd-numbered Ferling Etudes
  2. Chromatic scale the range of the instrument from bottom to top, slurred eighth notes at quarter note equals 120 b.p.m.
  3. Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses).
  4. Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the Jazz Audition Song List (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection)

Writing and Composing Emphasis

  1. Submit a recording based on the audition requirements for your principal instrument.
  2. In addition, send the score and recording of two original compositions in contrasting styles.