Auditions

Ensemble Audition Schedule

Fall Term– Auditions for the UO jazz ensembles are held during the week PRIOR to the first full week of classes each Fall term. These auditions are used to place students in both big bands and combos. Students auditioning for ensembles in the fall need not re-audition in Winter or Spring terms. See the Jazz Calendar for specific dates.

Winter and Spring Terms – Prior to the beginning of both Winter and Spring terms, Open Chair Auditions are announced to fill ensemble vacancies. Open Chair Auditions are held the term before the vacancies occur during Dead Week. See the Jazz Calendar for specific dates.

Instrumental Audition Format
(Big Bands, Combos, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble)
 – Jazz ensemble auditions for instrumentalists include the following:

  • sight-reading – of notated lines and chord symbols (where appropriate)
  • improvisation – all auditioners are asked to improvise over a blues. You may be asked to improvise over additional jazz standards if you wish to occupy a jazz chair in one of the big bands or to perform in a combo.
  • optional prepared jazz etudes/transcriptions – although not required, you may perform a short (2 minute max) solo excerpt
  • drummers – in addition, drummers are asked to demonstrate basic beats for common jazz styles (swing, latin, funk, etc.)