Jazz Trombone Audition

Note: Undergraduate students must play both a classical and a jazz audition.

Classical audition repertoire (Select one solo from this list)

Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique
David, Concertino (mvts. 1 and 2)
Larsson, Concertino (mvts. 1 and 2)

Jazz audition repertoire (Only live auditions are acceptable)

Part 1 Prepared Jazz Etude
All applicants must demonstrate expertise and knowledge of jazz style by performing one of the following selections:

Rose (Page 16-18, Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero, Advance Music) Half-note= 83
IND Line (Pages 24-25, Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero, Advance Music) Half-note = 90
Autumn (Pages 30-31, Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero, Advance Music) Quarter-note= 110

Part 2 Improvisation:
(All performances will be performed with the play-along tracks as specified.)

Applicants must demonstrate improvisation skill by performing one chorus of melody and two improvised choruses of the following:
There Will Never Be Another You, Aebersold Volume 15, Track 2

In addition prepare two of the following:
Autumn Leaves, Aebersold Volume 54
Bb Blues or F Blues, Aebersold Volume 54
Summertime, Aebersold Volume 54
Satin Doll, Aebersold Volume 54
I Got Rhythm, Aebersold Volume 51

Note: Students may choose to improvise on one additional tune. Students are responsible to provide the play-along tracks (CD) for this choice.

Graduate students are required to perform an improvised solo on Charlie Parker's Confirmation, as well as two additional free choice selections (with pre-recorded tracks). Styles should be selected from the following: ballad, blues, medium tempo standard, up-tempo standard, bebop, Latin, fusion or funk.

Optional additional material
Students may present additional material (audio CD, DVD, or VHS) that demonstrates expertise in jazz performance. These recordings may be live or studio performances. It is suggested that recordings be limited to no more than 30 minutes total length. They may be mailed or delivered at the live audition.

Guidelines for Taped Auditions

Taped auditions must be CD or DVD format. The taped audition must include the three parts of the live audition. Read the description of the live audition requirements carefully. Do not edit the individual performances, but feel free to use "takes" that demonstrate your best work. Make sure that the camera is 10 to 12 feet from you and the balance between your instrument and the play-along track is appropriate. When taping the prepared jazz etude, use a metronome set at the tempo indicated. Make sure the metronome is audible on the recording.

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