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2015 PMEA All-State Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Harp & Piano Audition Information

All-State Jazz & Vocal Jazz

Submissions Accepted from Monday, Oct. 13 through Midnight, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

 Directors who wish to have their students (grades 10-12 only) considered for selection should:

1. Complete the application form with payment ($20.00) online at www.getacceptd.com/pmea (submissions will be accepted from Monday, October 13 through Friday (12:01 a.m.), December 5, 2014). Director must be a current PMEA memberAll student applicants must upload a headshot photo- (ABOVE the SHOULDERS).

2. All audition selections must be submitted online via ACCEPTD. Each requirement must be recorded from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. The recording may be stopped between selections of each requirement. The video must have a clock with the second hand visible. The video must also display the applicant’s hands when playing instruments as well as the music. The best camera angle would be behind/beside the applicant with a clear view of the hands, music and visible clock.  No identifying clothing may be worn (i.e. no school t-shirts, no name identification, no PMEA, NAfME All Eastern or National shirts). ). Additionally, please do NOT include any identifying information in the video file name or in the contents of the recording.

3. Have application uploaded by Midnight, Friday, December 5, 2014. The “Window of Opportunity” to upload the recording begins Monday, October 13thA confirmation email will be sent to the email used to register with ACCEPTD. All emails will be sent from “support@getacceptd.com.” Please check your SPAM filters for any communications and also check with your IT Administrator if a school address is used and no email is received.

4. Expect notification by Wednesday, February 4, 2015 online at www.pmea.net.

5. The director is asked to view the file and verify the re­corded audition is consistent with the student’s level of performance prior to submission.

6. Students may audition on multiple instruments or voice parts. However, a separate payment and ACCEPTD application is required for each submission. All require­ments (including headshot photo above the shoulders) for EACH instrument or voice part must be met and sent on a separate upload video.

7. (Instrumental Jazz Only)-The second ranked piano, drummer and bass applicants will be selected as the rhythm section for the 2015 All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

   If selected for the 2015 PMEA Jazz or Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the student will no longer be eligible for any of the other All-State ensembles.

JAZZ REQUIREMENTS - *There are four parts to a complete audition (A, B, C & D)

PART A – PREPARED PIECES

All Saxophones – Bb major scale from low Bb to high F and back to low Bb in eighth notes at minimum quarter note tempo of 200; also, the same exercise on a B major scale (low B to high F# and back).  Play the entire etude Confirmation”, pages 1-3   of the Charlie Parker Omnibook (Eb Edition). (*NO accompaniment CD)

Trumpets– Two octave concert Bb and B scales in eighth notes at a minimum of quarter note tempo of 120.  Play the entire etude Friends” pages 32-33 in the book Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero. (*NO accompaniment CD)

Trombones– Two octave concert Bb and B scales in eighth notes at a minimum of quarter note tempo of 120.  Play the entire etude Friends” pages 32-33 in the book Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero.  (*NO accompaniment CD)

Guitar

  1.  Play the entire etude My Glowing Moment”, pages 30-31 in the book Effective Etudes for Jazz by Jeff Jarvis, with track 34 from the accompaniment CD.
  2. Comp two choruses of Bird Blues” page 34 (*with accompaniment CD- Track 12) in Aebersold, Vol .2 (or a comparable fast blues).
  3. Play four choruses of “Wave” pages 3-4 (*with accompaniment CD- Track 2) in Aebersold, Vol. 98.  Play lead line on the first chorus, comp the second, improvise the third and fourth.

Piano and Vibraphone

  1. Play the entire etude Sweet Georgia”, with (vibes play lead line only; piano lead line and comp), found on pages 58-61 in the book Effective Etudes for Jazz by Jeff Jarvis with track 35 from the accompaniment CD.
  2. Comp two choruses of Fast Blues in Bb” page 30, (*with accompaniment CD- Track 5) in Aebersold, Vol. 2 (or a comparable fast blues). 
  3. Play four choruses of “Triste” pages 9-10 (*with accompaniment CD- Track 5) in Aebersold,

       Vol. 98.  (First time play lead line and comp, second time comp only, third and fourth       improvise).  

*A vibraphonist may be added to the All-State Ensemble roster at the discretion of the guest director.

Bass  

  1.  Play the entire etude It’s From Heaven”pages 14-15 (*with accompaniment CD- Track 26)- Effective Etudes for Jazz by Jeff Jarvis.
  2. “Walk” through the entire etude My Glowing Moment”, pages 30-31 (*with accompaniment CD- Track 34) - Effective Etudes for Jazz by Jeff Jarvis.

Drums  

  1. Play along with the following tracks from John Riley’s book The Art of Bop Drumming and Beyond Bop Drumming.  Catch all written figures and provide appropriate comping throughout each example.

       2. Provide an unedited recording of yourself performing the following styles:

      3.  Provide a recent, unedited recording of you playing with your high school jazz ensemble or comparable ensemble.

PART B – (for ALL EXCEPT Rhythm Section):  Perform one chorus of the ballad You Don’t Know What Love Is”,  page 6- Treble Clef Instruments and page 33- Bass Clef Instruments, (*with accompaniment CD- Track 6)- Aebersold, Vol. 32.  Stylistically appropriate interpretation of the head is acceptable.

PART C – (for ALL EXCEPT drums) (Piano optional) – Improvise two choruses over the changes to The Moon is High” (*with accompaniment CD- Track 27) in Effective Etudes for Jazz by Mike Carubia and Jeff Jarvis. (Page numbers vary for individual Instruments).

PART D – Optional excerpt for lead alto, lead trumpet, lead trombone, and bass trombone.  Perform a short excerpt of your choice that best demonstrates your lead/bass playing ability.

PMEA All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2015- Audition Instructions

AUDITION MATERIALS

  1. Sing two (2) different major scales in swing eighth notes using jazz syllables of your choice (ascending and descending; tempo:  quarter note=100; one octave; include the ninth on top).
  2.  Sing “Stardust”, pages 9-10 of It Had to Be You: 24 Standards in Singer’s Keys, Volume 107, by Jamey Aebersold (published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.).  Sing unaccompanied using the lyrics. Change the key to suit your range.  Sing one (1) complete chorus.
  3.  Sing “The Days of Wine and Roses”, page 8 of It Had to Be You: 24 Standards in Singer’s Keys, Volume 107, by Jamey Aebersold (published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.).  Sing one chorus unaccompanied using scat syllables.  Change the key to suit your range.
  4.  Sing “But Not for Me”,  page 11, using the accompaniment provided with It Had to Be You: 24 Standards in Singer’s Keys, Volume 107, by Jamey Aebersold (published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.).  Sing the first chorus using melody and lyrics; improvise on the second and third choruses using scat syllables.  Stylistically appropriate interpretations of the melody are acceptable.

PMEA HARP

For Region and All-State Festivals

Submissions Accepted from Monday, Oct. 13 through Midnight, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

 Directors who wish to have their students (grades 10-12 only) considered for selection should:

1. Complete the application form with payment ($20.00) online at www.getacceptd.com/pmea (submissions will be accepted from Monday, October 13 through Sunday (12:01 a.m.), November 9, 2014). Director must be a current PMEA member. All student applicants must upload a headshot photo- (ABOVE the SHOULDERS).

2. The Audition selections must be submitted online via ACCEPTD. The audition selections must be recorded from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. The recording may be stopped between selections of each requirement. (Two contrasting selections of style if possible). The video must have a clock with second hand visible. The video must also display the applicant’s hands while playing the harp as well as the music. The best camera angle would be behind or at a side angle of the applicant with a clear view of the hands, music and visible clock. No identifying clothing may be worn (i.e. no school t-shirts, no name identification, no PMEA, NAfME All Eastern or National shirts). ). Additionally, please do NOT include any identifying information in the video file name or in the contents of the recording.

 3. The “Window of Opportunity” to record begins Monday, October 13, 2014 and ends at Midnight, Sunday, November 9th, 2014. A confirmation email will be sent to the email used to register with ACCEPTD. All emails will be sent from “support@getacceptd.com.” Please check your SPAM filters for any communications and also check with your IT Administrator if a school address is used and no email is received.

           *If a harpist submits an ACCEPTD upload at the district level but does not participate in the district festival because there were no harp parts in the festival program, the same ranking would hold for regional orchestra. If no harp parts are needed for regional, the same ranking would hold for all-state orchestra in the event a harpist is needed for the all-state program. 

PMEA HARP AUDITION SUGGESTIONS (If possible, please choose two contrasting selections)

Intermediate to Intermediate Advanced Level

Bois Solitaire or Romance Without Words……………………………………….Godefroid, arr. McDonald

Feuilles D’Automne…………………………………………………………………………Hasselmans

16th and 17th Century Spanish Masters…………………………………………..edited Zabaleta

Solfeggieto…………………………………………………………………….C.P.E. Bach, arr. Miller

Six Rumanian Dances……………………………………………………………Bartok, arr. Mildonian

 Advanced Level

Suite…………………………………………………………………………………………………..Britten

Impromptu Caprice……………………………………………………………………………….Pierne

Concerto in Bb ………………………………………………………………………………….Handel

Variations On An Ancient Theme…………………………………………..Salzedo

Sonate in G…………………………………………C.P.E. Bach, arr. Weidensaul

Other pieces of equivalent difficulty are acceptable. It will be to your benefit to submit the most difficult pieces that you can play well. Performances will be judged on Tone Quality, Expression, Style, and Phrasing, Technique, Rhythm, Dynamics, and Performance and Musical Accuracy. (Using the PMEA Harp Rubric)   The above selections should be available from:

Vanderbilt Music Company 800-533-7200

Lyon & Healy Harp Salon 800-621-3881

International Music Service 800-959-5972

PMEA All-State Chorus Accompanist

Submissions Accepted from Jan. 26 through Midnight, Feb. 13, 2015

Directors who wish to have their students (grades 10-12 only) considered for selection should:

1. Complete the application form online at www.getacceptd.com/pmea (submissions will be accepted from Monday, January 26 through Friday (12:01 a.m.), February 13, 2015). Director must be a current PMEA member. All student applicants must upload a headshot photo- (ABOVE the SHOULDERS).

 2. The Audition selections must be submitted online via ACCEPTD. The audition selections must be recorded from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. The recording may be stopped between selections of each requirement. The video must have a clock with second hand visible. The video must also display the applicant’s hands playing the piano as well as the musicThe best camera angle would be behind/beside the applicant with a clear view of the hands, music and visible clock. No identifying clothing may be worn (i.e. no school t-shirts, no name identification, no PMEA, NAfME All Eastern or National shirts). ). Additionally, please do NOT include any identifying information in the video file name or in the contents of the recording. Applicants must secure the tryout music making sure it is the same Publisher as listed.

3. The “Window of Opportunity” to Audition will begin the Monday following the PMEA District Chorus Festival- (2015- Monday, January 26) and close at midnight on a Friday, 2 ½ weeks later. (2015-Deadline Midnight, Friday, February 13th, 2015.) A confirmation email will be sent to the email used to register with ACCEPTD. All emails will be sent from “support@getacceptd.com.” Please check your SPAM filters for any communications and also check with your IT Administrator if a school address is used and no email is received.

4. Eligibility-BOTH Region State Festival Accompanists are eligible to apply within a given year. In Regions where a student accompanist is not used, the first place District accompanist may apply.  

PIANO ACCOMPANIST REQUIREMENTS

 (1) Play accompaniments

 (2) Play open score for TWO of the selections (your choice) listed below.

TRYOUT MUSIC

Thompson: The Last Words of David, E. Schirmer

Beethoven:  Hallelujah Chorus, Presser (from Mt. of Olives)

Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine, Broude Bros.

PMEA All-State “At Large” Instruments

Submissions accepted from Monday, Jan. 12 through Midnight, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

“AT LARGE” INSTRUMENTS”Piccolo, Eb Soprano Clarinet, Double Bass

The 1st chair “dedicated” instrumentalist (Piccolo, Eb Soprano Clarinet and Double Bass) from each District’s Concert Band will have the opportunity using the ACCEPTD Program to audition for States .The required music excerpts for the “At Large Instruments” will be posted online shortly. The “Window of Opportunity” to record begins the Monday following the PMEA District Band Festival (2015- Monday, January 12th) and closes at Midnight on Friday, February 6th (PMEA District Orchestra.) An email notification will be sent to PMEA District Presidents and Hosts of the Six Region Band Festivals as to the “At Large” status for the PMEA All-State Event in Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.

 AUDITION REQUIREMENTS include:

      1. Complete the application form online at www.getacceptd.com/pmea (submissions will be accepted from Monday, January 12 through Friday (12:01 a.m.), February 6, 2015. Director must be a current PMEA member. (There is NO CHARGE for this submission however the student must be the 1st chair “dedicated” player of the “At Large” Instruments from the PMEA District Band Festival.) All student applicants must upload a headshot photo- (ABOVE the SHOULDERS).

           2. All audition selections must be submitted online via ACCEPTD. The music excerpt requirement must be recorded from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. The video must have a clock with second hand visible behind the applicant. No identifying clothing may be worn (i.e. no school t-shirts, no name identification, no PMEA, NAfME All Eastern or National shirts). Additionally, please do NOT include any identifying information in the video file name or in the contents of the recording.

    3. Have application uploaded by Midnight, Friday, February 6th, 2015. A confirmation email will be sent to the email used to register with ACCEPTD. All emails will be sent from “support@getacceptd.com”. Please check your SPAM filters for any communications and also check with your IT Administrator if a school address is used and no email is received.


 2015 All-Eastern – April 9 – 12, 2015, Providence, Rhode Island

Thank you to everyone who applied to participate in one of the five 2015 NAfME Eastern Division Honors Ensembles. Notifications will be made in November.


 2014 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles Information – October 26 – 29, Nashville, TN

Congratulations to the nearly 70 students from Pennsylvania selected to perform in a 2014 NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble!

PA Students Selected to Perform in a 2014 NAfME National Honors Ensemble


 Documents to help with using the ACCEPTD program:

Step by Step Guide to Using Acceptd

Recording and Uploading Videos

Guide to Media