Instrumental Auditions

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Jazz Groups – Fall 2020

This semester, the following ensembles will be meeting:

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

Combos: Jazz and Commercial Music

Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Syncopation &

Syncopation Rhythm Section Combo

Start Dates

There will be a meeting for all combo participants via Zoom on Friday, Sep 4 at 3:00 pm (a link will be emailed).  All the other ensembles will begin meeting at their normal scheduled time on September 7 or 8, respectively.  More information will be provided by the directors and coaches after audition results are posted.

Audition Info

Auditions will happen during the first three days of the semester.  Results will be emailed by Friday, Sep. 4, at noon.  Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano auditions will happen through video submission.  Sax, bass, guitar, and voice will be in person virtually via Zoom.  Drums will be in person, IRL.  See the following details for your instrument:

Saxophone

  • When & Where – Wednesday, September 2, 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 Ray Smith for saxophone questions (ray_smith@byu.edu )

Trumpet

  • When & Where: Video submission, due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 2
    • 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, September 2, 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 and improvise with a specified backing track from YouTube.
  • Contact Bergman with any questions (jason.bergman@byu.edu; E-461 HFAC).

Trombone

  • When & Where: Video submission, due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 2
    • 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, September 2, 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 Kimball with any questions (will_kimball@byu.edu; E-465 HFAC).

voice

  • When & Where –September 1 and 2, via zoom.
  • Sign Up: Sign up for an audition time for Syncopation using the following: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b45a9ac2aa5fa7-202021
    • You will be emailed a zoom link for your audition, and any prep materials.
  • Other groups besides Syncopation: Due to group size limitations, which are part of Covid safety protocols, vocal spots in ensembles other than Syncopation will be extremely limited. Regardless of that, if you are hoping to sing with one of the other groups please provide your information on the following google doc and we will be as accommodating as we can be:

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

  • There is no need to fill out this form if you are only auditioning for Syncopation.

Guitar

  • When & Where – Wednesday, September 2, 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, and prep materials.
  • Audition Materials – You will play the melody, comp the chords, and improvise a solo along with a backing track to a tune provided via email prior to the audition, and read a piece of jazz ensemble music.
  • Contact Dr. Bromley with any questions (kbromley@byu.edu).

Piano

  • When & Where: Video submission, due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 2
    • 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, September 2, 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 Autumn leaves, 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, September 2, 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/1d_u7hbkDL7ap29JabVoXc1PSUMTCPUU5hnUq_Ils_Tk/edit?usp=sharing

  • You will be emailed a zoom link for your audition.
  • Audition Materials – Contact Professor Hansen for audition materials.
  • Contact Professor Eric Hansen with any questions (bass@byu.edu).

Drum Set

  • When & Where – In Person in E251, Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1.
  • Sign Up: Sign up in person on Dr. Bastian’s office door (E281, HFAC), starting Friday, August 28.
  • 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 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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