Audition Information for Jazz Ensembles

Concert Jazz Band (MTWRF  12:00-12:50 PM)
Jazz Band II (MTWR  2:00-2:50 PM)
Jazz Band III (TR  3:00-4:20 PM)
Jazz Band IV (TR  4:30-5:20 PM)
Latin Jazz Ensemble (MW  4:00-4:50 PM)
Jazz Guitar Ensemble (F  4:00-5:50 PM)
Jazz Saxophone Ensemble (F 2:00-3:50 PM)
Jazz Trombone Ensembles (MW  6:00-6:50 PM / 7:00-7:50 PM)
Jazz Vocal Ensemble (MW  3:00-4:50 PM)
Small Jazz Ensembles/Combos (various times)

Auditions for jazz ensembles are only held in the fall. New members may email Prof. McNeill to schedule an audition for the Spring Semester.

GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION

Professor McNeill will be available to advise jazz saxophone/vocal/guitar students and students who are not sure who their adviser is in the area of jazz performance. Contact him directly at chipmc@illinois.edu.

Auditions for all jazz ensembles are held the first two days (exceptions may be made by individual jazz studio professors from semester to semester so always check  with your particular instrument or voice professor as to specific audition time/places information below) of class each semester (Fall and Spring semesters), and information concerning auditions is posted on the bulletin boards outside Smith Hall Room 11 two days before classes begin (in the basement of Smith Hall). In the Spring semester, anyone wishing to re-audition and/or audition for the first time needs to contact the studio teacher for their instrument or voice and arrange a time to audition within the first week of classes in the Spring semester. Be sure to scroll down for specific audition instructions for your instrument! There will be a sign-up sheet (on a first-come, first-served basis) on his office door for advising. For all jazz students who know who their adviser is (usually your jazz studio applied teacher) please contact them individually for advising times/places.

SAXOPHONE & VOICE: Chip McNeill | chipmc@illinois.edu
DRUMS: Joel Spencer | spence14@illinois.edu
PIANO & GUITAR: John “Chip” Stephens | chipster@illinois.edu
PIANO: Joan Hickey | hickey@illinois.edu
TROMBONE: Jim Pugh | jimpugh@illinois.edu
TRUMPET: Tito Carrillo | tcarrill@illinois.edu
BASS: Larry Gray | lwgray@illinois.edu

AUDITION SIGN-UP INFORMATION

Sign-up on the sign-up sheets for your particular instrument/voice that will be posted on the studio teacher’s office door, then audition at the time you signed-up for. The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin boards outside Smith Hall Room 11 by 10 am, Wednesday, of the first week of classes. Be sure to scroll down for specific audition instructions for your instrument!


SAXOPHONE AUDITION INFORMATION

  1. All SAXOPHONISTS go to Smith Memorial Hall Room 5-E (Professor McNeill). Contact Prof. McNeill chipmc@illinois.edu for further details.
  2. On the sign-up sheet outside Room 5-E, please give your full name a local phone number/email where you can be reached.
  3. The audition will consist of sight-reading some jazz charts and improvising on a blues in the key of your choice and improvising on one of these jazz standards: “All The Things You Are” in Ab, “Just Friends” in F or G, “Stella By Starlight” in Bb
  4. The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Smith Memorial Hall Room 11 by 10 am on the third day of the semester.

Special Note: SOME JAZZ CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO JAZZ AUDITIONS!  Check with individual jazz prof. teaching a particular class to make sure.  All jazz ensembles and jazz classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times starting ON THE THIRD DAY OF THE SEMESTER. THE IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE FORUM WILL MEET ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SEMESTER AT 1 PM IN SMITH HALL ROOM 25. ALL JAZZ MAJORS MUST ATTEND!


JAZZ VOICE AUDITION INFORMATION

  1. Auditions for the JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018 during the regular class time (3:00-4:50pm) in the Music Building Recording Studio (MB 0061A). All other JAZZ VOICE auditions for combos, big bands, etc. are scheduled by appointment. Please review the Audition Information sheet and contact Kristin Sponcia at Kristin.Sponcia@gmail.com for further details.
  2. If you are auditioning for the Jazz Vocal Ensemble, please review the Audition Information sheet prior to your audition.
  3. All jazz vocalists must print and fill out the Audition Form and bring it to the audition.
  4. The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Smith Memorial Hall Room 11 by 10 am on the third day of the semester.

Special Note: SOME JAZZ CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO JAZZ AUDITIONS!  Check with individual jazz prof. teaching a particular class to make sure.  All jazz ensembles and jazz classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times starting ON THE THIRD DAY OF THE SEMESTER. THE IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE FORUM WILL MEET ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SEMESTER AT 1 PM IN SMITH HALL ROOM 25. ALL JAZZ MAJORS MUST ATTEND!


BRASS AUDITION INFORMATION

  1. All TRUMPETS go to Smith Memorial Hall Room 5-C (Professor Carrillo). Contact Prof. Carrillo tcarrill@illinois.edu for further details. All TROMBONES go to Smith Memorial Hall Room 5-D (Professor Pugh). Contact Prof. Pugh jimpugh@illinois.edufor further details.
  2. On the sign-up sheet outside the specific office in which you are auditioning, please give your full name, your instrument, and a local phone number/email where you can be reached.
  3. The audition will consist of a prepared piece of your choice (can be a classical or jazz etude, performance piece, etc…), sight-reading drawn from typical big band charts and improvisation (if you wish improvising is optional). Some scales may be asked for as well.
  4. The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Smith Memorial Hall Room 11 by 10 am on the third day of the semester.

Special Note: SOME JAZZ CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO JAZZ AUDITIONS!  Check with individual jazz prof. teaching a particular class to make sure.  All jazz ensembles and jazz classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times starting ON THE THIRD DAY OF THE SEMESTER. THE IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE FORUM WILL MEET ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SEMESTER AT 1 PM IN SMITH HALL ROOM 25. ALL JAZZ MAJORS MUST ATTEND!


PIANO/VIBES AUDITION INFORMATION

  1. Auditions for Jazz Piano and Vibes, will take place on Monday, August 27, 2018 Smith Memorial Hall Room 108 (Professor Stephens). Contact Prof. Stephens chipster@illinois.edu for further details.. There will be a sign up sheet there one week prior.
  2. On the sign-up sheet outside the specific office in which you are auditioning, please give your full name, your instrument, and a local phone number/email where you can be reached.
  3. The audition will consist of sight-reading some jazz charts and improvising on one of these jazz standards: “All The Things You Are” in Ab, “Just Friends” in F or G, and “Stella By Starlight” in Bb. The following repertoire is required of all students auditioning:
  • Blues in the key of F - melody plus improvising & comping.
  • Bb Rhythm changes – melody plus improvising & comping. (Pianists, guitarist and vibraphonists must demonstrate their ability to comp effectively on the above material.  Bassists must demonstrate their ability to walk bass lines on the above material.
  • A solo composition of your choice; jazz standard, ballad, original etc.
  • Sight reading

The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Smith Memorial Hall Room 11 by 10 am on the third day of the semester.

Special Note: SOME JAZZ CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO JAZZ AUDITIONS!  Check with individual jazz prof. teaching a particular class to make sure.  All jazz ensembles and jazz classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times starting ON THE THIRD DAY OF THE SEMESTER. THE IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE FORUM WILL MEET ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SEMESTER AT 1 PM IN SMITH HALL ROOM 25. ALL JAZZ MAJORS MUST ATTEND!


GUITAR AUDITION INFORMATION

  1. Auditions for Jazz Guitar will take place on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Smith Memorial Hall Room 101 (Professor Gray) from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Contact Prof. Gray at lwgray@illinois.edu for further details. There is a sign up sheet on the door.
  2. On the sign-up sheet outside Smith Memorial Hall Room 101, please give your full name, your instrument, and a local phone number/email where you can be reached.
  3. There is an amplifier in the room for your use, so please do not bring one.

Audition repertoire, please prepare to the best of your abilities:

  • Scrapple from the Apple ~160-192 quarter note
  • Beatrice  ~ 120-135 quarter note
  • I Love You ~ 135-160 quarter note -  swing OR straight eighths
  • Sight reading

 

The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Smith Memorial Hall Room 11 by 10 am on the third day of the semester.

Special Note: SOME JAZZ CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO JAZZ AUDITIONS!  Check with individual jazz prof. teaching a particular class to make sure.  All jazz ensembles and jazz classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times starting ON THE THIRD DAY OF THE SEMESTER. THE IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE FORUM WILL MEET ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SEMESTER AT 1 PM IN SMITH HALL ROOM 25. ALL JAZZ MAJORS MUST ATTEND!


BASS AUDITION INFORMATION

  1. Auditions for Jazz Bass will take place on Monday, August 22, 2018 in Smith Memorial Hall Room 101(Professor Gray) from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Contact Prof. Gray at lwgray@illinois.edu for further details. There is a sign-up sheet on the door.
  2. Electric bassists do not need to bring an amp; one will be provided at the audition.
  3. On the sign-up sheet outside Smith Memorial Hall Room 101, please give your full name, and email where you can best be reached.
  4. Audition repertoire, please prepare to the best of your abilities.
    • Oleo (2-4 choruses walking, solo optional) ~ 200-250 quarter note or as practical.
    • I’m Old Fashioned ~ 110-135 quarter note
    • Solar (head, walking and solo) ~ 160-200 quarter note
    • Sight-reading

The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Smith Memorial Hall Room 11 by 10 am on the third day of the semester.

Special Note: SOME JAZZ CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO JAZZ AUDITIONS!  Check with individual jazz prof. teaching a particular class to make sure.  All jazz ensembles and jazz classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times starting ON THE THIRD DAY OF THE SEMESTER. THE IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE FORUM WILL MEET ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SEMESTER AT 1 PM IN SMITH HALL ROOM 25. ALL JAZZ MAJORS MUST ATTEND!


DRUMS/PERCUSSION AUDITION INFORMATION

Audition Materials:

  • Be prepared to play in a variety of styles, tempi, and time signatures, including jazz, rock, funk, waltz time and other odd meters, and various Latin styles.
  • Demonstrate current ability to play over various song forms including trading and soloing.
  • Perform sight-reading demonstrations from large and small jazz ensemble charts and lead sheets.
  • Demonstrate current familiarity with jazz literature.
  • Demonstrate current brush techniques.

1. Go to Smith Memorial Hall Room 2 (Professor Spencer). Contact Prof. Spencer (spence14@illinois.edu) for further details or any questions.
2. Drumset auditions for Professor Spencer's studio will coincide with the Jazz Division's large combo and ensemble auditions. Contact Prof. Spencer for audition times.
3. The requirements for each prospective studio member will also serve as the requirements for combo and ensemble candidates. Those requirements appear below.
4. When signing up for an audition, please indicate if you will be auditioning for a position in a jazz ensemble, jazz combo, and/or a position in my applied studio. Please bring cymbals, sticks, and brushes to your audition. Drums and hardware are provided.
5. Additionally, prospective ensemble members may be asked to perform in sample rhythm sections with bass, piano, and/or guitar players for ensemble placement. Results of auditions will be available by 10 AM outside of Smith 11 on the third day of the semester.
6. Those students selected for my studio should sign up for an available time on the schedule, which will be posted outside of my office at Smith 2.
7. The results of the auditions will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Smith 11 by 10 AM on the third day of the semester.

Special Note: SOME JAZZ CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO JAZZ AUDITIONS!  Check with individual jazz prof. teaching a particular class to make sure.  All jazz ensembles and jazz classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times starting ON THE THIRD DAY OF THE SEMESTER. THE IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE FORUM WILL MEET ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SEMESTER AT 1 PM IN SMITH HALL ROOM 25. ALL JAZZ MAJORS MUST ATTEND!