Audition Information

Jazz Voice Requirements

(prescreen and audition required)

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (Jazz Studies Emphasis)

Graduate

Master of Music in Jazz Studies

Performer Diploma in Jazz Studies

Undergraduate Requiremets

Prescreen

All Jazz Voice applicants must submit a prescreen video recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Video recording must be produced without any artificial enhancement, such as echo or electronic reverb.

Undergraduate Prescreen Repertoire Requirements:

  • Two Jazz standards of contrasting tempo and style.
  • One of your choices should come from the Great American Songbook (Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, etc.)
  • One of your choices should include vocal improvisation (scat singing)

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen reviews.

If you are unable to come to campus for any of our audition weekends, you may submit a “final audition” recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application. Final Recorded Auditions must be submitted by March 7.

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire:

Note: You must select repertoire that you did not perform on your screening recording.

You may perform with or without microphone:

  • A piece of your choice in 12-bar blues form (such as Billie's Bounce, Centerpiece or Straight, No Chaser) with two or three improvised choruses
  • A jazz standard of your choice (such as Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Oleo) with improvised choruses
  • A selection of your choice with a contrasting tempo and alternate style (funk, samba, bossa, pop, etc.)
  • Jazz sight reading

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Graduate Requiements

Prescreen

All Jazz Voice applicants must submit a prescreen video recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Video recording must be produced without any artificial enhancement, such as echo or electronic reverb.

Graduate Prescreen Repertoire:

  • Two Jazz standards of contrasting tempo and style.
  • One of your choices should come from the Great American Songbook (Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, etc.)
  • One of your choices should include vocal improvisation (scat singing)

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen reviews.

If you are unable to come to campus for any of our audition weekends, you may submit a “final audition” recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application. Final Recorded Auditions must be submitted by March 7.

Graduate Audition Repertoire:

Your audition pieces should represent standard forms (AABA, etc.), as well as standard jazz compositions. You will be asked to scat sing on your choice of these pieces.

  • Present a minimum of six pieces of jazz repertoire (of your choice):
    • blues
    • ballad
    • swing tune
    • bop tune
    • Latin tune (preferably in Portuguese)
    • scat solo transcription
    • one additional tune of your choice, which could be an original composition
  • Play piano on one or more of your selections.
  • If you have a "gig" book, please bring it to the audition.
  • Present a jazz repertoire list. This may be the index for your "gig" book.  You may also include a classical repertoire list if you wish.
  • Demonstrate a minimum of one-and-one-half octave range including successful negotiation of the passaggio.

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