AUDITIONS OPEN TO
- All jazz instruments
- Harp, percussion, organ, classical saxophone, harpsichord (please read the ADDITIONAL AUDITIONS section)
YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Private instruction and ensembles only require one audition.
- Students interested in participating in both jazz and classical lessons/ensembles will need to play separate auditions to be considered for both.
- Students taking private instruction receive six hours of lesson each semester.
- Students must register and will receive one credit and a pass/fail grade each semester.
- No performance is required.
- Lessons fees apply for non-music majors or concentrators. Students who are on the track to becoming a music major or concentrator also are eligible for a lesson fee waiver.
SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION
- Auditions are during the first week of classes (week of September 8).
- Online audition sign up will be available AUGUST, three weeks before auditions.
THE DAY OF AUDITION
- Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time in order to fill out the audition form, tune, and organize your scores.
For classical private instruction please prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
For jazz private instruction:
- Instrumentalists should prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions).
- You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading and improvisational skills.
- Vocalists should prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).
- Please provide a clear lead sheet with chord changes for the accompanist (a pianist is provided).
- You will receive an email regarding placement, registration, and instructor information or if we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the wait list.
- If you are placed with an instructor for lessons, you will need to contact your instructor and set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester. Your instructor will help you choose repertoire and establish a daily practice routine.
Participation in the MPP is a year-long commitment. All students re-audition each Fall
(no auditions are held in the Spring semester).