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) 
 
SPRING 2014 JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Auditions will take place WEDNESDAY, JAN 22nd from 9:00am - 6:00pm in PAB 336.  
 
PREPARED PIECE:  Skylark
 
REFERENCE MATERIAL:  Play-a-long Track

To sign up for an audition, visit the Seating Placement Auditions 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