Jazz Trumpet Audition Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM, BME)

• Selected scales in any key (major, minor, chromatic, 2 octaves when possible).

• One prepared piece of your choice (solo transcription, jazz etude, classical solo piece or etude).

• Choose one of the following blues compositions (or similar tune), perform the melody twice, and improvise a solo with a backing track: Tenor Madness (*Bb), Sandu (*Eb), Au Privave (*F), or Billie's Bounce (*F) (*denotes concert key).

• Improvise over a standard tune, jazz classic, or a tune of your choice with a backing track.

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. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.


GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (MM, DMA)

• Selected major, Dorian, and Mixolydian scales in any key (2 octaves when possible).

• 2-octave chromatic C scale (Bb concert), slurred, to be performed cleanly at a fast tempo.

• One prepared piece of your choice (solo transcription, jazz etude, classical solo piece or etude).

• 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).

• One standard tune from either from the Great American Songbook, or a jazz classic (standard written by a jazz musician) with a backing track.

• 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. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.​