Jazz Auditions

Music Department

Jazz Auditions

Concordia has several graded jazz ensembles, as well as an all-acoustic string ensemble devoted to bluegrass, swing, country, and other traditional genres. Scholarships are available for talented student musicians who wish to hone their skills as improvisers and ensemble musicians.

In person (preferred):

Prepare at least one of the following items for your audition.

  • Two contrasting jazz standards (chordal instruments should prepare both melody and chords.) The use of a play-along track is permitted.
  • Two contrasting parts from a large ensemble or big band arrangement
  • Optional: improvise for at least one chorus of a standard tune or blues form
  • Americana: a traditional country, swing, or bluegrass tune.

Auditioning students will be asked to sightread from a lead sheet.

By video (if the candidate is distant):

Upload your video to a video hosting site (like YouTube) and email the link(s) to auditions@cui.edu (do not attach videos to emails). At the beginning of your video, take a moment to introduce yourself, share a few of your musical goals, and tell us why you are applying to Concordia.

Prepare at least one of the following items for your audition.

  • Two contrasting jazz standards (chordal instruments should prepare both melody and chords.) The use of a play-along track or supporting musicians is permitted.
  • Two contrasting parts from a large ensemble or big band arrangement
  • Optional: improvise for at least one chorus of a standard tune or blues form
  • Americana: a traditional country, swing, or bluegrass tune.

Mail to: The Music Department, Concordia University, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
Questions about scheduling your audition? auditions@cui.edu (949)214-3419
For more information about the jazz program: tom.mueller@cui.edu (949)214-3651

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