Jazz Audition Requirements

Jazz Audition Requirements

  • Undergraduate: Two contrasting pieces (e.g. style, period, composer), no longer than 15 minutes altogether.
    Honours: Three contrasting works (e.g. style, period, composer), no longer than 30 minutes altogether.
  • The audition will comprise selections from the applicant’s audition material, improvisation over a chord progression (supplied in the audition), a brief interview and ear training.

The audition panel will assess applicants on a range of criteria:

  • Technical expertise
  • Tone quality
  • Rhythm and time feel
  • Intearaction with the ensemble
  • Knowledge of music form, style and tradition
  • Imporivisional skills
  • Comping (piano/guitar)

All applicants are expected to perform with live backing. No accompanist will be provided. Performing solely with backing tracks is not recommended.