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How to Apply

Applications will be accepted beginning October 10th, 2016. The priority deadline is March 6th, 2017. We will continue to welcome applications after March 6th as space permits.‚Äč

The audition process for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy is very competitive as seats are extremely limited. Applicants are ranked in comparison with others who audition on the same concentration instrument. It is HIGHLY recommended to prepare your audition with a good private teacher.

SJA’s process is created to show your strengths and to help us assess your talent and potential to succeed. Auditioning in any context is difficult and emotional. We recognize that it is common for applicants to have disparities in their playing abilities. Because SJA believes in a holistic approach to education, our audition process is developed to assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success. This is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the professional performers and faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

All applicants must submit video recordings through Acceptd, our online portal.

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.
Selections should include the accompaniment as listed.

Application Process and Required Items

  1. Application for Admission. Go to the online application portal.
  2. $55 non-refundable application fee. Online payment accepted through the online application portal, payable by credit card.
  3. Audition materials. Materials can be submitted online, after you have completed the Application for Admission. Requirements can be found here:
    • Trumpet
    • Trombone
    • Saxophone
    • Piano
    • Guitar
    • Bass
    • Drums

 

Choose one selection from each category below. Accompaniment can be provided by:

  • Aeborsold Play-A-Long (or similar play-a-long)
  • 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)

 

CATEGORIES:

 

Up-tempo Swing

  • Moose the Mooche – Charlie Parker (B-flat Major)
  • Anthropology – Charlie Parker (B-flat Major)
  • Confirmation – Charlie Parker (F Major)

 

Blues

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

 

Ballad (melody only)

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

 

Medium Swing

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

 

 

Trumpets:
Video file #1-4: One selection from each of the four categories provided above.
Video file #5: Provide the following:

  • Chromatic scale, low F# to high C
  • Bb and A major scales
  • B Harmonic minor scale, two octaves; E Harmonic minor scale, one octave

 

Trombones:
Video file #1-4: One selection from each of the four categories provided above.
Video file #5: Provide the following:

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

 

Saxophones:
Video file #1-4: One selection from each of the four categories provided above.
Video file #5: Provide the following:

  • D and F Major scales, two octaves
  • D Harmonic minor, two octaves; G Harmonic minor, one octave
  • Chromatic scale full range

 

Piano:
Video file #1-4: One selection from each of the four categories provided above.

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

Video file #5: Provide the following:
C and Bb Major, 2 hands, 4 octaves up and down
A and G Minor scales (Dorian or natural minor), 2 hands, 4 octaves

  • Chromatic scale, 4 octaves
  • Blues scales in F, C or Bb

 

Acoustic bass only (no electric):
Video file #1-4: One selection from each of the four categories provided above.
*Bassist should demonstrate and ability to walk bass lines through the progressions of all selections. Video file #5: Provide the following:

  • Eb and Ab Major scale, two octaves
  • D minor and G minor scale, two octaves

 

Guitar:
Video file #1-4: One selection from each of the four categories provided above. Scales
*One of the pieces required must be performed as an unaccompanied solo.

Video file #5: Provide the following:

  • Eb and Ab Major scale, two octaves
  • D minor and G minor scale, two octaves

 

Drums:
Video file #1-4: One selection from each of the four 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 #5: 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.

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

 

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.