Jazz Orchestra Audition Requirements

All jazz auditions last approximately 12-18 minutes. The CYSO Excerpt Lists can be found at the bottom of this page. Memorization of music is not required. All auditions are performed without accompaniment, except for the optional improv portion which will be performed w/provided backing track or pianist.

Saxophones

  • Students may audition on either Alto, Tenor, or Bari Saxophone. If you wish to audition on multiple instruments, please contact Kaytie Faries at kfaries@cyso.org after filling out your audition registration form.
  • All excerpts provided by CYSO
  • Solo improvisation on an F Blues and Rhythm Changes in B flat (performed with provided backing track or pianist)*
  • If you wish to be considered on an auxiliary woodwind instrument (flute, clarinet, etc) prepare a single excerpt on that instrument of your choice in addition to the materials above prepared on either Alto, Tenor, or Bari Saxophone.

*The solo improvisation is only required if you wish to be considered for a solo during the season

Trombones

  • Students may audition on either tenor or bass trombone. If you wish to audition on multiple instruments, please contact Kaytie Faries at kfaries@cyso.org after filling out your audition registration form.
  • All excerpts provided by CYSO. For Lester Leaps In and Venus and Serena, you must choose one range option (1, 2, or 3).
  • Solo improvisation on an F Blues and Rhythm Changes in B flat (performed with provided backing track or pianist)*
  • 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.

*The solo improvisation is only required if you wish to be considered for a solo during the season

Trumpets

  • Students may audition for either Section Trumpet or Lead Trumpet. If you wish to be considered for Lead Trumpet, you must notate this on your audition registration form.
  • All excerpts provided by CYSO. For The Days of Wine and Roses, you must choose one range option (1, 2, or 3).
  • Solo improvisation on an F Blues and Rhythm Changes in B flat (performed with provided backing track or pianist)*
  • If you wish to be considered on an auxiliary instrument (flugelhorn, etc) prepare a single excerpt on that instrument of your choice in addition to the materials above prepared on trumpet.

*The solo improvisation is only required if you wish to be considered for a solo during the season

Rhythm Section

  • Students may audition on either Piano, Bass, Drum Set, or Guitar. If you wish to audition on multiple instruments, please contact Kaytie Faries at kfaries@cyso.org after filling out your audition registration form.
  • All excerpts provided by CYSO.
  • Solo improvisation on F Blues (performed with provided backing track or pianist)*
  • Piano/Guitar/Bass:  Play melodies with chord changes and solos in marked areas
  • Drums: Play time while implying the melody in hits around the kit.
  • Drummer who wish to be considered on an auxiliary instrument (vibes, etc) prepare a single excerpt on that instrument of your choice in addition to the materials above prepared on Drum Set.

*The solo improvisation is only required if you wish to be considered for a solo during the season

Audition Excerpts

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Bari Sax

Trumpet

Trombone

Piano

Guitar

Drums

Bass