Jazz Auditions

All students interested in joining a jazz ensemble or combo must audition. If you audition, you will be considered for Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Combo I, Jazz Combo II, and/or Jazz Combo III. Please contact us by email at ensemble@umn.edu with any questions or concerns. 

Spring 2024 Audition Information

Jazz auditions for Spring 2024 ensembles will take place in early December. See below for details. 

Instrument Date Time Room
All December 4-13, 2023 by appointment 3

To request an audition time, please fill out the audition sign up form and you will be contacted by email to schedule an audition. Course registration will occur upon completion of a successful audition. 

Auditioned ensembles begin spring rehearsals the week of January 16, 2024.

 

Spring 2024 Jazz Audition Requirements

All Wind / Brass Instruments 

Scales:

  • Concert Bb major scale ascending and descending (1 octave)
  • Concert Eb major scale ascending and descending (1 octave)
  • Concert F major scale ascending and descending (1 octave)
  • Chromatic Scale ascending and descending:
    • Saxophones: From low written Bb to high written F (full range of instrument)
    • Trumpets, Trombones, and other: From low concert Bb up and down two octaves

 

Prepared Piece (click on titles for files):

Art of the Matter​, by David Springfield (demo recording provided)

  • Alto Saxophone: Alto Saxophone 1, mm. 16-31
  • Tenor Saxophone: Tenor Saxophone 1, mm. 25-40
  • Baritone Saxophone: Baritone Saxophone, mm. 32-44
  • Trumpet: Trumpet 1, mm. 138-151 (4:59 on demo recording)
  • Trombone: Trombone 1, mm. 23-31, mm. 40-50
  • Bass Trombone: Trombone 4, mm. 36-50

 

Solar​, by Miles Davis

  • Clarinet: Solar (upper staff only)
  • Flute: Solar (upper staff only)

 

Improvisation (optional):

  • Play 2 choruses of blues in Bb. Backing track provided.

 

Rhythm Instruments

Prepared Piece (click on titles for files):

Art of the Matter,​ by David Springfield (demo recording provided)

  • Guitar: mm. 1-31
  • Piano: mm. 1-24
  • Bass: mm. 1-40
  • Drums: mm. 1-16

 

Play two choruses of time on the following lead sheets:

Links to demo recordings: Blue Bossa | Ladybird

*No additional improvisation required for rhythm section instruments