JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

(Current Mason Students - Instrumentalists & Vocalists)

The Jazz Ensembles are open to all George Mason University students (instrumentalists & vocalists) regardless of degree.
 
Auditions for placement occur the first week of every EVERY semester. The audition includes jazz scales, improvisation, a prepared piece and sight reading. 

ENSEMBLES THAT REQUIRE AN AUDITION

Mason Jazz Ensemble (Carroll)
Jazz Workshop Ensemble (Parrell)
Jazz Combos (Beach) 
Jazz Vocal Ensemble (Purcell)
Afro-Cuban Ensemble (McCarthy)
Traditional Jazz Ensemble (Robinson) 
 
FALL 2014 JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Auditions will take place MONDAY, August 25th - 9:00am - 6:00pm in PAB 336.  
 

The audition piece is "On Green Dolphin Street."     

 

E-flat Major: http://www.learnjazzstandards.com/jazz-standards/on-green-dolphin-street-in-eb/  

 

C Major:  http://www.learnjazzstandards.com/jazz-standards/on-green-dolphin-street/

 

INSTRUMENTALISTS:  "On Green Dolphin Street" (E-flat Major)

 

VOCALISTS:  "On Green Dolphin Street (E-flat Major [sing 8vb] or C Major)  

 

"INSTRUMENTALISTS & VOCALISTS:  The above links will provide you with appropriate chord charts and play-a-long recordings.  You are responsible for finding/figuring out the melody (lyrics).  Be prepared to perform three choruses: melody for chorus one, improvise one chorus and finish with one chorus of melody.  Sight-reading and scales will also be part of your audition.  E-mail Dr. Purcell at dpurcel2@gmu.edu with any audition questions."  

To sign up for an audition, please visit the "Seating Placement" web page.

 

Scales typically called at auditions are:

  • Major
  • Pentatonic (Major and Minor)
  • Blues (Major and Minor)
  • Bebop (Major and Dominant)
  • Dorian
  • Phrygian
  • Lydian
  • Mixolydian
  • Aeolian (Natural Minor)
  • Locrian
  • Harmonic Minor
  • Melodic Minor
  • Jazz Minor (Real Minor, Ascending Melodic Minor)
  • Lydian Augmented
  • Lydian Dominant
  • Locrian #2
  • Diminished Whole-tone (Altered scale, Super Locrian)
The Symmetric Scales
  • Chromatic
  • Whole Tone
  • Diminished (We are a half-step first school)
  • Augmented (1 b3 3 5 #5 7)

 

 
 
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George Mason University
School of Music
Department of Jazz Studies

Dr. Darden Purcell, Director

dpurcel2@gmu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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