Big Band Ensemble Auditions

AUDITION CHARTS FOR THE BIG BAND ENSEMBLES
The charts below were carefully selected because they are standards and recordings are readily available. In additions, the charts are age appropriate and everyone in your grade group gets the same pieces. You'll be evaluated in an ensemble, and as part of your instrument section playing this music. It's also possible that you may be asked to play on your own for a brief period of time. 

The auditions are designed to place your student in the JazzED Big Band Ensemble where they will best learn and be challenged. If you have any concerns about the charts, please contact kelly@seattlejazzed.org.

Click on the name of the song to pull up a PDF which contains parts for every instrument. Please practice your instrument part(s) for both charts. If you can't find your instrument's part, please email Kelly at the address above. 

GRADES 5 & 6
Audition Saturday, 
Nov 18, 9am-11am
Work Song
Killer Joe

GRADES 7 & 8
Audition Saturday, 
Nov 18, 11:30am-1:30pm
Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
Sidewinder

GRADES 9 & 10
Audition Sunday, Nov 19, 9am-11am
Body & Soul
Better Get Hit in Your Soul

GRADES 11 & 12
Audition Sunday, 
Nov 19, 11:30am-1:30pm
Flying Home
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart


MAKE-UP AUDITION
Do you have a make-up audition instead? Prepare the two charts for your grade group in the list above. 


New Works Ensemble & Creative Orchestra Project Auditions

NEW WORKS ENSEMBLE AND CREATIVE ORCHESTRA PROJECT
Audition Sunday, Nov 19, 9am-11am (grades 6-10), 11:30am-1:30pm (grades 11-12)

You will audition one-on-one with the ensemble director Wayne Horvitz. Please prepare a piece you are currently working on and come ready to sight-read and discuss your musical interests and experience. 

Auditions are first come, first served in your grade time slot. Auditions will be no more than 15 minutes. 


Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble Auditions

NINA SIMONE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Audition Saturday, 
Nov 18, 9am-11am
You will audition one-on-one with the ensemble director Cora Jackson. Students will evaluated on rhythm, tone and range, and asked to harmonize and hold melody.  You do not need to bring any music with you. 

Auditions are first come, first served in your time slot. Auditions will be no more than 15 minutes. 


PLANNING TO AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE ENSEMBLE?
If you are planning to audition for the Big Band Ensembles AND either the New Works, Creative Orchestra Project or Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble, please prepare according to those audition instructions as well. We will pull you from the Big Band Ensemble auditions for a brief one-on-one audition with either Wayne or Cora. 


PLACEMENT
Your ensemble placement will be emailed after auditions, within 1-2 weeks. If you accept your placement, you will then register for your ensemble, select a payment plan and/or apply for financial aid at that time. Weekly rehearsals (and sectionals for certain ensembles) begin in January.


    Planning ahead!

    TUITION
    $895 for the 2017-2018 Ensembles. (Approx. $20 per instruction hour). Payment plans and financial aid are always available.

    FINANCIAL AID
    We're committed to this program being affordable for families. If the tuition is too expensive for you at this time, for whatever reason, please apply for financial aid online by November 25th. We will get back to you with a financial aid offer as part of your ensemble placement. If you have any questions about financial aid or payment plans, contact us. We are committed to making it work for everyone, in fact, 40% of JazzED families receive some amount of financial aid!