Jazz Trombone Audition Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM, BME)

• Blues in F; Melody plus three improvised choruses - (choose one) "Billie's Bounce" or "Now's The Time".

• Standard; Melody plus two improvised choruses - (choose one) "Autumn Leaves" (Gm); "Caravan" (Fm); "Satin Doll" (C); or "Oleo" (Bb "rhythm changes").

• Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious Etude #6.

• Scales - Major scales in all keys, 2 octaves when possible.

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)

• Blues in F; Melody plus three improvised choruses - "Blues For Alice" (Bird Blues).

• "Rhythm" changes in Bb; Melody plus two improvised choruses - "Anthropology".

• Ballad; Melody plus one improvised chorus - "Body And Soul" (Db) or "Chelsea Bridge" (Db).

• Standard; Melody plus two improvised choruses - (choose one) "All The Things You Are" (Ab); "Stella By Starlight" (Bb); "Have You Met Miss Jones" (F); or "What Is This Thing Called Love" (C).

• Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious Etude #43.

• Scales - In All Keys (2 octaves): Major, Dorian, Lydian, Natural Minor (Aolean), Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Auxiliary Diminished "aka" Dominant Diminished (ascending half step - whole step), Whole Tone.

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.​ 


GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (DMA)

• Blues in C; Melody plus three improvised choruses - "Isotope".

• "Rhythm" changes in Bb; Melody plus two improvised choruses - "Moose The Mooche".

• Ballad; Melody plus one improvised chorus - (choose one) "Prelude To A Kiss" (C) or "Peace" (Horace Silver) (Bb).

• Standard; Melody plus two improvised choruses - (choose one) "Moment's Notice" (Eb); "Inner Urge"; "Stablemates" (Db); or "Con Alma" (C).

• Thad Jones - "Tip Toe" from measure before "G" through downbeat of "J" (trombone section soli).

• Scales - In all keys (2 octaves - ascending and descending): Major and ALL modes; Melodic Minor; "Jazz" Minor (ascending form of melodic minor in both directions) and two modes of your choice (ex: altered or diminished/whole tone; mixolydian #4, lydian b7, etc.); Harmonic Minor; Diminished and Auxiliary Diminished (ascending whole step/half step and ascending half step/whole step ); whole tone.

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.​