School Term Jazz Auditions 2020
Auditions will take place virtually on August 16, 2020. Students will not select a specific group for which to audition, but will be assigned to the group providing them the best learning opportunity with musicians of a similar skill level.

Auditions will be held using the Zoom platform for the 2020-2021 season. Students will receive an email with a specified name, number and time to enter the Zoom meeting via email (for example: Trumpet #14 at 6:15 PM).  Expect to receive this email on or around August 14, 2020.

After entering the Zoom meeting, the meeting administrator will check sound levels and verify the student’s identity. Once the identity is verified, the video will be turned off with only audio remaining, and the administrator will send the student to a Zoom breakout room to play for at least two judges. Sightreading will be shown on the screen by the judges at the appropriate time. When the audition is finished, students can click “leave meeting.”  Scores will be tallied and results sent out as soon as possible. Please do not call asking about results.

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 General Requirements

Scales: (be prepared to play scales from memory)
Excerpts: All students should prepare the level one excerpt. More advanced students may also prepare the excerpts for level two and/or three. Excerpts may be downloaded below. If you play all three excerpts you will be considered for TYJE, TYJO, and TYJB. You will be considered for TYJO and TYJB if you play the first two excerpts. You will only be considered for TYJB if you play only the first excerpt.
Improvisation: To be considered for TYJE or TYJO, students must play an improvisation. The student will play along with the pre-recorded backing track provided below. Play Billie’s Bounce (provided below) two times. You will hear a harmony part the second time but play the same melody you play the first time, don’t play the harmony. Then improvise two choruses. For the audition, the student will listen to the downloaded track in headphones and play along with it.
Sight-reading: There will be a short sight-reading piece for all applicants.

1. Everyone plays one octave major scale of your choice. For more advanced players, be prepared to play any major scale in 2 or 3 octaves.

2. Excerpts (download by clicking the instruments)

Level 1:
Clarinet-Students may audition with clarinet as their secondary instrument, not as their primary instrument. In order to audition with clarinet as a secondary instrument the student should prepare the Level 1 Clarinet Excerpt. The student’s clarinet audition will take place during the same window of time as their primary instrument audition; a separate audition will not be scheduled. Note that auditioning with clarinet as a secondary instrument may boost a student’s overall audition score since the clarinet is very important in the Ellington repertoire and a clarinetist with good playing ability is highly valued. 
Saxophones-Play full excerpt
Trumpet-Play full excerpt
Trombone-Play full excerpt
Piano Excerpt No. 1 and Piano Excerpt No. 2 -Play both excerpts in their entirety with a swing beat at mm=120 – 140. 
Bass-Play full excerpt
Guitar-Play full excerpt
Drums-Use this recording as a guide for practicing
Vocals (same for basic, advanced, and intermediate) – Choose two of these six songs for your range.  During the audition you will need to sing along to the recording linked beside each piece, playing the recording from a separate device such as a phone or speaker.
Every Day (I Have the Blues): During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
I Didn’t Know About You: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
I Got It Bad: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
I’m Just a Lucky So and So: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
If You Could See Me Now: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
Rocks in My Bed: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.

Level 2:
Alto Saxophone-Play letter B
Tenor Saxophone-Play letter F (mm=232)
Baritone Saxophone-Play letter B
Trumpet-Play letter C
Trombone-Play letter C and D
Piano-Use this recording as a guide for practicing. Play from beginning to bar 33.
Bass-Play entire page
Guitar-Play play from the beginning, no repeat, all the way to letter C.
Drums-Use this recording as a guide for practicing

Level 3:
Alto Saxophone-Play bars 82-101 (mm=252)
Tenor Saxophone-Play entire page
Baritone Saxophone-Play bras 82-101 (mm=252)
Trumpet-Play entire page
Trombone-Play letter E and F
Piano-Use this recording as a guide for practicing.  Play from beginning to bar 33.
Bass-Play entire page (medium Latin – 155)
Guitar-Play entire excerpt.  Note that although this is a banjo part, it is fine to play this on guitar.
Drums-Use this recording as a guide for practicing.

3. Improvisation Pieces:

All students who are including improvisation in their audition will play the tune Billie’s Bounce while listening to this pre-recorded background track in ear pods or headphones. Students will play Billie’s Bounce two times and improvise two choruses (each chorus is 12 bars , so a total 24 bars).  Click on the links below in order to get the sheet music for Billie’s Bounce for your instrument:

C Treble Instruments
B-flat Instruments
E-flat instruments
Bass clef instruments

*Drummers will not be asked to improvise to the background track.

Dress Rehearsal/Concert Dates (mandatory)

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE), Gregg Gelb, Director

Fall Dress Rehearsal: November 14, 2020
Fall Concert: November 15, 2020
Regional Essentially Ellington Festival: TBD
Spring Concert: April 24, 2021

Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra (TYJO), Lisa Burn, Director
Fall Dress Rehearsal: TBD
Fall Concert: TBD
Regional Essentially Ellington Festival: TBD
Spring Concert: April 18, 2020

Triangle Youth Jazz Band (TYJB), Kobie Watkins, Director
Fall Dress Rehearsal: TBD
Fall Concert: TBD
Spring Concert: April 18, 2020

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.

Read the Jazz Handbook 2020-21 before you register!

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Click Here to view our COVID-19 Plan for our 2020-21 Season