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

Students interested in applying to perform in the 2015 All-State Jazz or Vocal Jazz Ensemble, or students interested in auditioning on Harp or Piano can now find the audition information below. Complete details and application information will be available in the fall. (*All submissions will be via the online program ACCEPTD)

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 books 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 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

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.

 


 

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


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

The deadline has now passed to apply to perform with one of the 2014 All-National Honors Ensembles. Notifications of acceptance will be made in July. 


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