Jazz Orchestra Audition Requirements

Below are the requirements for the 2021-22 auditions. If you have any questions, please email Kaytie Faries at kfaries@cyso.org.

Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Bari):

  • All excerpts for your instrument provided by CYSO (listed at the bottom of this page)
      • Anthropology: 29-83
      • Bags Groove: J to the end
      • Evidence: R-W
      • Higher Ground: 49 – end
  • Four or more major scales at your tempo (excluding drummers)
      • Two octaves, if possible
  • 2-3 Jazz Standards
      • Solo improvisation is preferred, but not required. If you do not feel confident improvising, simply play the head.

Brass (Trumpets, Trombones):

  • All excerpts for your instrument provided by CYSO (listed at the bottom of this page) Please choose the part (1, 2, 3, etc) that fits comfortably within your range.
      • Counter Block: M – end
      • Bags Groove: J to the end
      • Evidence: R-W
      • Higher Ground: 49 – end

  • Four or more major scales at your tempo (excluding drummers)
      • Two octaves, if possible
  • 2-3 Jazz Standards
      • Solo improvisation is preferred, but not required. If you do not feel confident improvising, simply play the head.

Rhythm (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums):

  • All excerpts for your instrument provided by CYSO (listed at the bottom of this page)
      • Afro Blue: shout chorus to the end (piano should read guitar part for this)
      • Pure Spirit: beginning to midway through the piece
      • Bags Groove: J to the end
      • Evidence: R-W
      • Higher Ground: 49 – end
  • Four or more major scales at your tempo (excluding drummers)
    • Two octaves, if possible
  • 2-3 Jazz Standards
    • Solo improvisation is preferred, but not required. If you do not feel confident improvising, simply play the head.

Optional inclusions:

  • Three or more harmonic minor scales
    • Two octaves, if possible
  • If you wish to be considered on an auxiliary instrument (tuba, etc) prepare a single excerpt on that instrument of your choice in addition to the materials above prepared on trumpet.
  • Any additional materials that you think will showcase your talent
  • Brief statement telling us about yourself (under 2 minutes)

 

Audition Excerpts

Saxophones

Brass

Rhythm