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Welcome to the audition page for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy!!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Ages Range: Grades 9-12
Program Length: 2 weeks residential
Program Start Date: July 17th, 2022
Program End Date: July 30th, 2022

Location: Bard College. Annandale-on-Hudson, New York


HOW TO APPLY

The audition process for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy is competitive and applicants are ranked in comparison with others who audition on the same instrument. 

The process is created to show your strengths; because the programs believe in a holistic approach to education, our audition process is developed to assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success. Please select the pieces for your audition for which you are the most familiar and comfortable; while we need a good representation of your playing, the quality of the video is less important than the quality of your playing.

Woodwind players who double on clarinet and lead trumpet players are highly encouraged to submit the optional Perdido excerpt.

All applicants must submit video recordings here through Acceptd. Applications will be accepted beginning April 1, 2022

AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 16TH!

Each video file should be its own digital file. Do not upload all audition selections and excerpts in one file. Selections should be between three and four minutes in length and selections should include the accompaniment as listed


TUITION
Tuition: $1850

Room: $1,190

Board: $955

Total: $3,995
(Full and partial Scholarships Available)


ADMISSION DECISIONS

Admission is not guaranteed and applicants are given an admission decision as quickly as possible. To accept the offer of admission, the enrollment agreement and non-refundable deposit must be returned to Jazz at Lincoln Center c/o Summer Jazz Academy within two weeks of the acceptance notification.


CONTACT
Email: SJAInfo@jazz.org
Phone: 212-258-9871


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Application Process and Required Items

  1. Application for Admission
  2. A $55 non-refundable application fee, payable through the online portal by credit card.
  3. Audition materials should be submitted through the online portal. Requirements can be found below. Acceptable video file formats include MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV. *For assistance uploading content to your application, please visit Acceptd’s helpdesk webpage.

Choose one selection from two categories below. Accompaniment can be provided by:

  1. Any Play-A-Long
  2. With a live band

Each tune should include the melody (head), improvisation, comping (rhythm section instruments only), and then melody out. (*3 choruses total for horns, 4 for rhythm).

Optional materials are included for lead trumpet and saxophonists who double on clarinet (highly encouraged). Should you choose to submit these optional materials, please include as Video File #3 in your application.

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CATEGORIES

Up-tempo Swing

  1. Moose the Mooche – Charlie Parker (B-flat Major)
  2. Anthropology – Charlie Parker (B-flat Major)
  3. Confirmation – Charlie Parker (F Major)

Blues

  1. Mr. P.C. – John Coltrane (c minor)
  2. Straight No Chaser – Thelonious Monk (B-flat Major)
  3. Billie’s Bounce – Charlie Parker (F Major)

Ballad (melody only)

  1. Body and Soul – Johnny Green (D-flat Major)
  2. Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael (D-flat Major)
  3. The Very Thought of You – Ray Noble (E-flat Major)

Medium Swing

  1. Perdido – Juan Tizol (B-flat Major)
  2. In a Mellotone – Duke Ellington (A-flat Major)
  3. There Will Never Be Another You – Harry Warren (E-flat Major)

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TRUMPETS

Video file #1-2: One selection from  two of the categories provided above.

Video file #3: Provide the following:

  1. Chromatic scale, low F# to highest note and back down
  2. Bb and A major scales
  3. B Harmonic minor scale, two octaves; E Harmonic minor scale, one octave

Video file #4: *Optional* Perdido - (arr: Wilson) Trumpet 1 Letter I to Letter J

TROMBONES

Video file #1-2: One selection from two of the categories provided above.

Video file #3: Provide the following:

  1. Chromatic scale from lowest possible note to highest possible note
  2. Bb and G Major scales, two octaves
  3. A and E Harmonic minor scales, two octaves


SAXOPHONES

Video file #1-2: One selection from  two of the categories provided above.

Video file #3: Provide the following:

  1. D and F Major scales, two octaves
  2. D Harmonic minor, two octaves; G Harmonic minor, one octave
  3. Chromatic scale full range

Video file #4: *Clarinet Optional* Perdido (arr. Wilson) Reed 3 letter O to Letter R


PIANO

Video file #1-2: One selection from each of the four categories provided above.

*One of the pieces required must be performed as an unaccompanied solo.

Video file #3: Provide the following:

  1. C and Bb Major, 2 hands, 4 octaves up and down
  2. A and G Minor scales (Dorian or natural minor), 2 hands, 4 octaves
  3. Chromatic scale, 4 octaves


ACOUSTIC BASS ONLY (NO ELECTRIC)

Video file #1-2: One selection from two of the categories provided above.

*Bassist should demonstrate an ability to walk bass lines through the progressions of all selections.

Video file #3: Provide the following:

  1. Eb and Ab Major scale, two octaves
  2. D minor and G minor scale, two octaves


GUITAR

Video file #1-2: One selection from two of the categories provided above.

Scales 

*One of the pieces required must be performed as an unaccompanied solo.

Video file #3: Provide the following:

  1. Eb and Ab Major scale, two octaves
  2. D minor and G minor scale, two octaves


DRUMS

Video file #1-2: One selection from two of the categories provided above.

*In addition to one selection from each category, drummers should perform the following unaccompanied material and solo requirements. Accompanied selections should not exceed three to four minutes in length. Accompanists should include piano or guitar and bass.

Video file #3: Unaccompanied Material — Please state the type of example that you are demonstrating on the recording for clarity. Each example should be approximately thirty seconds to one minute in length.

  1. Perform a swing groove at a slow, medium and fast tempo using sticks.
  2. Perform a swing groove at a slow, medium and fast tempo using brushes.
  3. Perform the shuffle rhythm, first with no accent, then with an accent or backbeat on 2 and 4.
  4. Perform a 12 bar blues at a medium to fast tempo trading (alternating) choruses between the straight time and soloing for 6 choruses.
  5. Perform the following grooves: New Orleans, 6/8 Afro Cuban, and Bossa Nova.