Applying for Jazz Study at the University of Oregon
For all admission-related information regarding our B.M. in Jazz Studies degree, M.M. in Jazz Studies degree, and Jazz Doctoral Supporting Area (applications, auditions, financial aid, etc.), click on the link below that will take you to our School of Music and Dance website.
Q: What are the jazz auditions like?
A: Auditions are app. 15 minutes in length. We’ll hear you play major and minor scales, sight-read, and improvise over three or four songs of your choice (preferably in varied styles) with other musicians. Our goal is to get a feel for your technical ability and overall musicianship.
Q: What do I need to bring to my audition?
A: Bring 3 copies of lead sheets in concert key for songs you wish to perform as well as your instrument(s). We’ll supply amplifiers, a drumset, and a piano. A stereo system will also be available for you use. (Drummers should bring cymbals and sticks. Guitarists and bassists should bring cords.)
Q: Who is admitted into the jazz major?
A: Based upon your audition(s) and what we can glean from your application, we try to admit students that will think will succeed and thrive in our jazz studies program. Freshman gaining admission into our degree program generally already have significant experience as jazz performers and/or composers and arrangers.
Q: When will I be notified that I have been admitted to the degree program?
A: Assuming that you have been accepted into the University at large, you will be notified within three weeks of your audition.
Q: Can I be admitted to the School of Music and B.M. in Jazz Studies degree on the basis of my jazz audition alone?
A: Yes. However, only as a Jazz Studies degree major. If you wish to pursue any Bachelor of Music degree other than the B. M. in Jazz Studies you must also take a second classical audition. (Note: We strongly encourage students to take both jazz and classical auditions. Doing so allows you to be considered for scholarships from both areas.)
Q: If I am not admitted to the jazz major as an incoming freshman can I be admitted at a later date?
A: Yes. Many of our undergraduate jazz studies majors have been admitted after having attended the U.O. for one or two years. Students already enrolled at the UO can audition for admission into the degree at the beginning and end of each academic year.
Q: When will I hear if I have been awarded a scholarship?
A: Scholarship offers are sent out by the beginning of April following the last of our scheduled auditions.
Q: What do I need to bring to the audition?
A: Bring 3 copies of lead sheets in concert key for three or fours songs you wish to perform as well as your instrument(s). We will supply amplifiers, a drumset, and a piano. A stereo system will also be available for you use. (Drummers should bring cymbals and sticks. Guitarists and bassists should bring cords.)
Q: When will I know if I have been admitted to the jazz major?
A: You should receive a notification letter within three weeks of your live audition if you have submitted all materials necessary to complete your admission file.
Q: If I am not admitted to the graduate program in jazz studies at the time of my audition can I be admitted at a later date?
A: Yes. You can always re-audition the following year for admission.
A: GE offers are made in the middle of March, but can only be extended to applicants whose graduate files are complete and who have auditioned and been accepted into their major program.