Instrumental Auditions

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Jazz Groups – Winter 2021

This semester, the following ensembles will be meeting:

Big Bands: Synthesis, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and Jazz Legacy Band (traditional jazz)

Combos: Jazz and Commercial Music

Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Syncopation

Audition Info and Start Dates:

Auditions will happen during the first three days of the semester.
Results will be emailed by Friday, Jan. 15 at noon. All the ensembles
will begin meeting in person, at their normal scheduled times on
January 19 or 20, respectively. More information will be provided by
the directors and coaches after audition results are posted. See the
following details for your instrument:

SAXOPHONE

  • When & Where – Wednesday, January 13, starting at 3:00 pm, via zoom.
  • Sign Up and Complete the Audition Form – Sign up for an audition time, and provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info, on the following google doc:   

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Xa1xIf1dzrv4XloCceiXJFI4Zy0SQi9yuuU2GbxQ0o/edit?usp=sharing  

  • You will be emailed a zoom link for your audition, and prep materials.
  • Audition Form – Provide the requested information on the following google sheet prior to your audition to indicate which groups you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info:
  • Audition Materials – You will play a prepared sheet, improvise, and sight read.

Contact Dr. Ray Smith for saxophone questions (ray_smith@byu.edu)

 

TRUMPET 

  • When & Where: Video submission, due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13 
    • Record yourself, upload your video to YouTube, and provide the link to your video on the Audition Form.  Please be sure that the status of your video is either unlisted or public, so that it can be accessed.  
  • Audition Form – Provide the requested information along with a link to your YouTube video submission by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13, on the following google doc:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XGrluqjvwPE4yofgwcUSRW1FVlR8NHqesfm4QJckFzQ/edit?usp=sharing    

  • In addition to your video link you will indicate which groups you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on this sheet.
  • Audition Materials – You will play some prepared music provided by Dr. Bergman (available at noon on January 6 at www.jasonbergman.com) and improvise with a specified backing track from YouTube.  
  • Contact Dr. Bergman with any questions (jason.bergman@byu.edu; E-461 HFAC). 

 

TROMBONE 

  • When & Where: Video submission, due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13 
    • Record yourself, upload your video to YouTube, and provide the link to your video on the Audition Form.  Please be sure that the status of your video is either unlisted or public, so that it can be accessed.  
  • Audition Form – Provide the requested information along with a link to your YouTube video submission by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13, on the following google doc:  
  • Audition Materials – You will play some prepared music provided by Dr. Kimball and improvise with a specified backing track from YouTube.  
  • Contact Dr. Kimball with any questions (will_kimball@byu.edu; E-465 HFAC). 

 

VOICE 

  • Syncopation is not re-auditioning Winter semester, so the voice auditions are for singing with combos and/or big bands only.  Unfortunately, due to group size limitations that are part of the Covid safety protocols, singing spots in combos and big bands are extremely limited, but we will accommodate as many singers as we are able to.  
  • When & Where – Wednesday, January 13, starting at 3:00 pm, via zoom. 
  • Sign Up: Sign up for an audition time, and provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info, on the following google doc:   

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YroV1xDtooH75-3yckBNLsP_3uvn0e6i3XqRCikCZgE/edit?usp=sharing    

  • You will be emailed a zoom link for your audition
  • Audition Materials – Sing a jazz swing standard of your choice, a cappella.  You will also be asked to sight sing and improvise.    
  • Contact Professor Hayley Kirkland with any questions (hayleykirkland@byu.edu).

 

GUITAR

  • When & Where – Wednesday, January 13, starting at 3:00 pm, via zoom.
  • Sign Up and Complete the Audition Form – Sign up for an audition time, and provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info, on the following google doc:  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jDEZQ2bVLBdXpEHZTLvuu3ZK1E50QjRqg2FF1r1bVwo/edit?usp=sharing  

  • You will be emailed a zoom link for your audition.    
  • Audition Materials – Play the melody, comp the chords, and improvise a solo for the tune Summertime.  Please play along with a backing track.  You will also be emailed ensemble sheet music to play when you are emailed the zoom link for the audition.  
  • Contact Dr. Bromley with any questions (kbromley@byu.edu).  

 

PIANO

  • When & Where: Video submission, due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13 
    • Record yourself, upload your video to YouTube, and provide the link to your video on the Audition Form.  Please be sure that the status of your video is either unlisted or public, so that it can be accessed.  
  • Audition Form – Provide the requested information along with a link to your YouTube video submission by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 13, on the following google doc:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AT3ZGjr3NPy7qb3PawAl5NTnXI9qzDZsmGjm40xO8ew/edit?usp=sharing    

  • In addition to your video link you will indicate which groups you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on this sheet.
  • Audition Materials – Play the melody, comp the chords, and improvise a solo for the tune Just Friends, and another tune of your choice.  Demonstrate all three elements along with a backing track (iReal Pro, Aebersold, YouTube, etc.) or a ticking metronome. 
  • Contact Professor Steve Erickson with any questions (snlerickson@verizon.net).  

 

BASS

  • When & Where – Wednesday, January 13, starting at 3:00 pm.  Students have the option to do the live audition either in-person (preferred), or over zoom, Messenger, Skype, or Facetime.
  • Sign Up and Complete the Audition Form – Sign up for an audition time, and provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info, on the following google doc:   

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d_u7hbkDL7ap29JabVoXc1PSUMTCPUU5hnUq_Ils_Tk/edit?usp=sharing 

  • If you opt for an online audition, please indicate this on the form and email Professor Hansen to inform him as well.
  • Audition Materials – 1) Standard swing tune: play the head, walk the changes, and take a solo for one chorus.  2) Latin standard (bossa, samba, salsa, cha cha, etc.); play the tune, comp the form (one chorus) in the appropriate style, and solo over one chorus of the changes.  Sight reading will be part of the audition.  
  • Contact Professor Eric Hansen with any questions (bass@byu.edu).  

 

DRUM SET

  • When & Where – In Person in E251, Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12.
  • Sign Up: Sign up in person on Dr. Bastian’s office door (E281, HFAC), starting Monday, January 11.    
  • Complete Audition Form – Provide the requested information on the following google doc prior to your audition to indicate which groups you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e8YzUSIqvtElEquKlFBdpPqb3iRJ9ZyMsduxgRWndPo/edit?usp=sharing  
  • Audition Materials – You will demonstrate the following grooves: medium swing, up tempo swing, mambo, samba, funk, and pop.  You will also be asked to Trade 4’s in swing time, alternating between playing time and improvising a solo.  In a medium swing feel, you will play a specified portion of Whodunnit? by Gordon Goodwin (sheet music will be provided).  
  • Contact Dr. Coleman (matt_coleman@byu.edu) and Dr. Bastian (darren.bastian@byu.edu) with any questions.   

Syncopation Vocalist Auditions

BYU Syncopation is the school’s premier vocal jazz ensemble within the Commercial Music Division in the School of Music. Under the direction of Hayley Kirkland, Syncopation consists of eight to twelve vocalists and a three-piece rhythm section who perform a challenging and varied repertoire of jazz, blues and pop music, emphasizing close vocal harmonies, cutting-edge repertoire and improvisation.

Rehearsals for Syncopation will be Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:50pm, though due to COVID-19 the first 4 weeks will be online and then we will meet in person in quartets provided it is safe to do so.

Click this link for audition sign-ups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b45a9ac2aa5fa7-202021

***Auditions will be held over ZOOM, a link will be emailed to you prior to your audition time***

AUDITIONS

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The audition process is fairly broad, which will help me see your strengths and weaknesses. I don’t expect anybody to be truly excellent in all categories, but I need for members of the group to have strengths in several areas, and to show an ability to grow in other areas. Requirements are listed below:

1) A Cappella Song – Please be prepared to perform a song a cappella that you think would show off your voice. A jazz standard is preferred but not necessary. I am looking primarily for style, intonation, healthy technique, presence, and feel.

2) Improvisation – I will have you improvise over a 12-bar blues. If you’ve never done any jazz improv, don’t worry! Just come with an open mind, and open ears. I am not looking for perfection, I’m looking for good instincts, good rhythm, creativity, and willingness to experiment. If you do have experience with improvisation, this can be your place to shine. Show me what you can do!

3) Melodic Sight-Singing – Sight-Singing is a crucial skill for all members of Syncopation, but I fully expect that some members will be better sight-singers than others. Here’s what to expect: You will be given three 4-bar melodies that increase in difficulty. All members of Syncopation should be able to read numbers 1 and hopefully 2 with little to no mistakes. These first two melodies will be diatonic (no accidentals), and will have simple rhythms. Individuals who can demonstrate exceptional reading skills by singing numbers 3 well, will show that they could be valuable members of the group, even if they are less strong with some of the other parts of the audition.

4) Presence – I am looking for singers who are prepared, professional, and composed, individuals who have a good attitude and will be able to work well on a team.

5) Range — By this point I should have a good idea of your voice and abilities but I may ask to hear your range, hear straight tone singing (without vibrato), and/or hear how you hold your part on a scale while I sing a 2nd above or below you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

hayleykirkland@byu.edu

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