Jazz Regular Season Audition/Registration 2019-04-01T20:48:46+00:00

School Term Jazz Auditions
Auditions will take place August 18 and August 25, 2019. New this year – students will not select a specific group for which to audition, but will be placed in the group that will offer them the best educational experience.

Registration is online using the link below.

Except in cases of financial hardship, there is a $20 audition fee and auditions will not be scheduled until the fee has been received.
Call 919-645-8434 to request a waiver based on financial need.

Jazz Auditions August 2019 Excerpts not yet posted – pieces below are examples only
Audition Requirements:
There are two levels: all students should prepare the basic level.
More advanced students should also prepare the advanced requirements.
Scales: (be prepared to play scales from memory)
Excerpt: see below for both levels and specific instruments. Excerpts may be downloaded below by clicking on the piece
Improvisation – play an improvised solo on the Bb 12 bar blues. There will be accompaniment either by pianist or recording. All applicants for advanced have to improvise and it is optional for basic.
Sight-reading: there will be a short sight-reading piece for all applicants.

1. Two octave chromatic scale
2. These scales one or two octaves – (C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E) keys listed are your starting note on your instrument, in other words do not transpose. The Adjudicators will choose which scale you will play.

Basic Excerpts (download by clicking the name)
Treble instruments (including piano and guitar – play the written melody, accompanying chords are optional) Mist and Grits
Bass clef instruments (including trombone and bass) Mist and Grits
Drum – Basic Jazz Drum audition piece

1. Chromatic – demonstrate your range by playing from your lowest to highest and back down to lowest.
2. Know all 12 major scales full range. Adjudicators will choose which scale you will play.

Advanced Excerpts (download by clicking the name)
Alto Sax – Walkin’ and Swingin’ – From Letter D (with pickups) to letter G
Tenor Sax – Walkin’ and Swingin’ – From Letter D (with pickups) to letter G
Baritone Sax- Doozy pg. 2 and 3 play from Bar 133 – bar 177
Saxes Showing Clarinet Double – Idiom’59– Pickups to letter E to letter G
Trumpet – Braggin’ in Brass – trumpet 1 – from letter C through F
Trombone – Blue Cellophane Trombone 1 part – Letter A – C (You may play an octave lower if needed)
Bass – Dissonance in Blues – beginning to letter C
Piano – Walkin’ and Swingin’ – start one bar before letter G and stop at letter J
Drums – Harlem Air Shaft – entire piece
Guitar – Magic Flea Pg. 2 and pg. 3 play from Letter I to the End with no repeats
1. Sing a 2-minute excerpt of two songs of your choice, either a jazz classic or standard song, one in medium swing tempo and one in ballad style.
2. Bring a concert-pitch copy of the sheet music for Dr. Gelb to accompany you.

Dress Rehearsal/Concert Dates (mandatory)

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE)
Fall Concert: November 9 and 10, 2019
Spring Concert: TBD

Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra (TYJO)
Fall Concert: November 9 and 10, 2019
Spring Concert: TBD

Triangle Youth Jazz Band (TYJB)
Fall Concert: November 9 and 10, 2019
Spring Concert: TBD

Audition Fee

Audition fees may be paid by check or using Paypal at the time of registration. Please make the audition fee check out to Philharmonic Association or PA, Inc.

Audition fees should be mailed to:
Auditions Coordinator
Philharmonic Association, Inc.
P. O. Box 782
Cary, North Carolina 27512-0782

Registrations are open until the auditions for your instrument have taken place. The exact time and date of your audition will be mailed to you using the US Postal Service on or about August 8, 2019 or within three days of receipt of your audition fee, whichever is later.

Placement into one of the Philharmonic Association jazz ensembles (TYJE, TYJO or TYJB) is at the discretion of the adjudicators. Their decisions are final and are not open for review.

Click Here for Online Registration