Jazz Ensemble Audition Materials - 2019
Welcome and welcome back to the School of Music at Memorial University! Every fall, all music students audition for placement in large ensembles. In addition to the wind ensemble, orchestra, and choirs, MUN has a very active Jazz Ensemble. For those of you interested in learning the language of jazz in a classic big band setting, I welcome you to audition for this year’s Jazz Ensemble. We will play a Latin Jazz program in the fall and contemporary Jazz in the winter semester.
The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:45pm and Fridays 4:00 - 5:15pm. We welcome auditions on any of the following instruments by current music students, students in other faculties, and community members.
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Trombone, Bass Trombone
Bass (electric and upright), Piano, Guitar, and Drums
Auxiliary Percussion (fall semester only)
You will find PDFs of the excerpts for your instrument contained in the links below. If there are multiple excerpts please prepare all of them. Bassists will ideally be able to play both electric and upright bass.
It is in your best interest to seek out recordings of the music to get a sense of tempo and
character. For rhythm section instruments there will be an additional short sight reading test.
Here is a great article that offers some advice on preparing for an audition:
If you have any questions about the jazz ensemble auditions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, MUN Jazz Ensemble
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, Memorial University
Auditions may include sight-reading and scales.
Alto Sax - Excerpt A / Excerpt B
Aux Percussion - Excerpt A / Excerpt B
Bari Sax - Excerpt A / Excerpt B
Bass Trombone - Excerpt A / Excerpt B
Bass - Electric Excerpt / Upright Excerpt
Drums - Excerpt A / Excerpt B / Excerpt C
Guitar - Excerpt A / Excerpt B
Tenor Sax - Excerpt A / Excerpt B
Trombone - Excerpt A / Excerpt B
Trumpet - Excerpt A / Excerpt B