Jazz Trumpet Audition Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM, BME)

1. Selected major scales in any key (2 octaves when possible)
2. 2-octave chromatic C scale (Bb concert), slurred, to be performed cleanly at a fast tempo
3. One prepared piece of your choice (solo transcription, jazz etude, classical solo piece or etude)
4. Choose one of the following blues compositions, perform the melody twice, and play 3 to 4 solo choruses with a backing track: Tenor Madness (*Bb), Sandu (*Eb), Au Privave (*F), or Billie' Bounce (*F) (*denotes concert key)
5. One standard tune from either from the Great American Songbook, or a jazz classic (standard written by a jazz musician) with a backing track.
6. One additional tune of your choice (please provide your own play-along track if desired). Play the melody and 1-2 improvised choruses.

Undergraduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should follow the steps outlined here: recorded audition. All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the auditions dates. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.


GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (MM, DMA)

1. Selected major, Dorian, and Mixolydian scales in any key (2 octaves when possible)
2. 2-octave chromatic C scale (Bb concert), slurred, to be performed cleanly at a fast tempo
3. One prepared piece of your choice (solo transcription, jazz etude, classical solo piece or etude)
4. Perform a blues or blues-based composition, perform the melody twice, and improvise a minimum of 4 choruses with a backing track: Tenor Madness (*Bb), Sandu (*Eb), Au Privave (*F), or Billie' Bounce (*F) (*denotes concert key)
5. One standard tune from either from the Great American Songbook, or a jazz classic (standard written by a jazz musician) with a backing track.
6. One additional tune of your choice (please provide your own play-along track if desired). Play the melody and improvise

Graduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should upload the audition directly to their Graduate College application. Graduate applicants who submit a recorded audition will also register for a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the audition dates. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.​