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Audition Requirements--Jazz


Pre-Screen Recording

All Jazz and Commercial Music majors must submit a pre-screening audition video via the Lamont Application. Applicants who pass the pre-screen audition will be invited to perform a live audition on a regular audition day. Recordings do not need to be professional or studio recordings, good audio quality is sufficient. Repertoire for the pre-screening must demonstrate the ability to perform well on the instrument and to improvise and play with a rhythm section, using a live band or play-along recording. Audition materials received after the deadlines listed below will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Pre-Screen Requirements

  • Perform the melody and improvise on your choice of three songs, one from each category in the Jazz Audition Song List (Jazz Standard, Latin Jazz, and Jazz Ballad).  Note: The Jazz Ballad must be performed at a maximum of 90bpm.  The Swing/Latin piece must be performed at a minimum of 120 bpm.
  • Perform all of the Area Specific Requirements for each area of study found below, including the classical piece 
  • Improvise on Blues in F.

NOTE: All Bachelor of Music majors in the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music program must declare a principal instrument and audition for entrance on that instrument.

Pre-Screening Deadlines

The Lamont School of Music does not offer early action, all applicant must apply to regular decision to the University of Denver.

Regular Action: Submit by January 15, 2014.

Live Audition

Applicants who pass the pre-screening portion of the audition will be invited for a live audition in Denver.  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 the classical piece submitted on the pre-screening audition. 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.  Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  This video should be uploaded through the Lamont Application and will be used for both the pre-screening and the final audition.

Accompaniment

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, TrumpetTrombone, VoiceWoodwindsWriting and Composing

Bass

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

Drums

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

Guitar

  • Fernando Sor, any of the first 10 in the Segovia edition of 20 Sor Studies
  • Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (minimum of four improvised choruses).
  • Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the audition repertoire list (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection) - the ballad must be a chord-melody arrangement.
  • Demonstrate at least three choruses of "comping" on a Blues in F.

Piano

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

Trumpet

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

Trombone

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

Jazz Writing and Composing Emphasis

  • Submit a pre-screen following the audition requirements for your principal instrument.
  • In addition, send the score and recording of two original compositions in contrasting styles.

Voice

  • 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.
  • Vocalize to display range and technical abilities
  • Required piece: a Blues in F in medium tempo (four improvised choruses).
  • Perform three other selections in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos, from the audition repertoire list (one from each category, and a minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection)

Woodwinds

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

 

Blues in F

Download the mp3 of Jazz Blues in F. Play along and improvise with the file. For Guitar, Bass and Piano, you need to Comp or Walk at least one chorus with the play-along. Drums must play-along.

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