Fall 2020 Jazz Ensemble Auditions


For Fall 2020, all Jazz Ensembles will be offered in a hybrid format – students may choose whether to participate in person or online.


For auditions, we will be hearing assigned excerpts/songs. All auditions must be recorded and submitted online. Please click on your instrument name below for details, and download corresponding play-along recordings below. A single audition will be used to place students in Big Bands, Combos, Latin, and Guitar ensembles.

Auditions are due by the end of the day on September 27th. Results will be distributed via email by the end of the day on September 28th.


  • Audio and/or Video submissions are welcome, and can be submitted in any of the following ways
    • Upload the files directly into the submission form
    • Copy/paste a link to a shared folder (i.e. DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.) or a YouTube video into the submission form

Make sure you register for either MUJ 391/392/691/692 if you are interested in Large Jazz Ensemble. Please register for MUJ 395/695 if you are interested in Small Jazz Ensemble. If you are interested in Latin Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble, please register for the appropriate CRN listed under MUS 394/694.

Audition Materials

Saxophone Audition Materials

Trumpet Audition Materials

Trombone Audition Materials

Guitar Audition Materials

Piano Audition Materials

Bass Audition Materials

Drum Set Audition Materials

Accompaniment Tracks

Play-along tracks minus bass are included for bassists, and tracks minus chords are included for guitarists/pianists. Multiple options for the Bb Blues and for Impressions are included so that you may choose to audition on a medium tempo or a fast tempo on those songs. “Sign of the Times” is for drummers only.

Sign of the Times (minus drums)

Blues in Bb (medium)

Blues in Bb (medium) (minus bass)

Blues in Bb (medium) (minus chords)

Blues in Bb (fast)

Blues in Bb (fast) (minus bass)

Blues in Bb (fast) (minus chords)

O Grande Amor

O Grande Amor (minus bass)

O Grande Amor (minus chords)

Impressions (Slow)

Impressions (Slow) (minus bass)

Impressions (Slow) (minus chords)

Impressions (Fast)

Impressions (Fast) (minus bass)

Impressions (Fast) (minus chords)

JazzArts Oregon Combo

The JazzArts Oregon Combo is a small group of student musicians representing the University of Oregon’s Jazz Studies Program in concerts throughout the region. Ensemble members are chosen annually in an audition prior to the beginning of each school year. The auditions will be judged by a panel led by the Director of the Jazz Studies Program.

The Herbert T. Merker Scholarship Endowment
A scholarship fund has generously been established by Herb Merker to support the JazzArts Oregon Combo. Herbert T. Merker Jazz Combo Scholarship recipients will comprise the group for the duration of their award year with each receiving a scholarship of app. $1000 for the academic year.

Anyone performing a combo audition will be considered for the JazzArts Oregon Combo and Herbert T. Merker Scholarship. Recipients will be notified before the beginning of Fall term.


If you have any questions about Jazz Ensemble auditions, please contact Steve Owen or Paul Krueger.