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Audition Requirements

(Jazz Residency Applicants Only)

In order to ensure that the Jazz Residency program is appropriate for all of our students, we ask certain applicants to submit recorded audition pieces. An enrollment recording is required from:

  • 12–17 year olds applying for entry into the Jazz Residency for the first time.
  • Vocalists applying for Jazz Residency for the first time.

Jazz Residency applicants under 18 who are not admitted will be offered admission to Jazz Camp contingent on space availability.

Instructions for Instrumentalists:
We ask that you submit two tunes for evaluation; the first should be a “blues” (you can choose the tune) and the second should be your choice of “Autumn Leaves,” “Out of Nowhere,” or “On Green Dolphin Street.” Both tunes can be in any key you choose but should be played at least at a medium tempo. If the particulars for your instrument are not listed below use the guidelines for Brass, Woodwind, and Strings.

An audio CD submitted by mail, or an MP3 file sent by email to registrar@stanfordjazz.org are the accepted formats for this recording. Please label the tracks with the first two letters of your first name, your last name, an underscore and the name of the tune as per the following protocol: "digillespie_nightintunisia.mp3","stgetz_stellabystarlight.mp3" or "elfitzgerald_howhighthemoon.mp3" (if the song name is really long - say over 20 characters - it can be abbreviated). Audition CD's can be mailed to Stanford Jazz Workshop, PO Box 20454, Stanford CA 94309 Attn: Registrar.

Recordings must clearly feature the playing of the applicant. While recordings must be audible, the overall recording quality does not affect an applicant’s evaluation. Applicants may play solo, with other musicians, or use “play-along” materials.

Brass, Woodwind and Strings
Blues: play the melody (head) to a 12-bar blues song. Then improvise a two-chorus solo. Medium tempo. Tune of your choice: play the head and then improvise a two-chorus solo. 5 minutes, maximum.

Piano and Guitar
For both selections play the melody (head), improvise a two-chorus solo, then “comp” the harmony for one chorus.

Bass
For both selections walk a bass line for three choruses and then improvise a one-chorus solo.

Drums
Blues: play time at medium tempo for three choruses on a 12-bar blues song and then take a two-chorus solo. Tune of your choice: play the groove for two choruses and then take a two-chorus solo. 5 minutes, maximum.

Instructions for Vocalists:
Perform any two songs of contrasting styles and tempos (e.g., Latin, swing, ballad, etc.). (You DO NOT need to select from “Autumn Leaves,” “Out of Nowhere,” or “On Green Dolphin Street” as pertains to the instrumentalists' instructions above.) All backgrounds are acceptable: piano, rhythm section, “play-along” recording, etc. The quality of the accompaniment will not affect the applicant’s evaluation. For more information about the vocal program, please click here.

An audio CD submitted by mail, or an MP3 file sent by email to registrar@stanfordjazz.org are the accepted formats for this recording. Recordings must clearly feature the singing of the applicant. While recordings must be audible, the overall recording quality does not affect an applicant’s evaluation. Applicants may play solo, with other musicians, or use “play-along” materials. Audition CD's can be mailed to Stanford Jazz Workshop, PO Box 20454, Stanford CA 94309 Attn: Registrar.

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