Loyola University Chicago

Music

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Jazz Ensemble – MUSC 109

Auditions for each semester will take place during the first week of classes. Please sign up for your audition online.


New and returning members are all required to audition for the Jazz Ensemble. You must register for the class prior to your audition.

For your audition, required excerpts for each instrument will be posted on Sakai. Please contact Scott Burns for additional questions.

In addition, please prepare the following based on your instrument:

SAXOPHONE / TRUMPET / TROMBONE / PIANO / GUITAR / VIBRAPHONE

  • Chromatic scale spanning the entire range of your instrument (ascending & descending), or at least 2 octaves. A major or minor scale of your choice is also required. (Piano: play scales two-handed)
  • A short etude or excerpt in the jazz style (a jazz etude, a piece of jazz ensemble music, a published solo transcription, etc.) that demonstrates moderate technical facility on your instrument. No more than 2-3 minutes worth of music are required.  
  • Required audition excerpt (to be posted on Sakai by August 18).
  • Pianists, guitarists, and vibraphonists should demonstrate ability to play both melodic material and chords.
  • OPTIONAL: If you have improvising experience (not required for eligibility to participate!), play a brief improvisation on the blues form in the key of F or Bb. If necessary, a play-along for you to practice with can be supplied to you on request.

BASS

  • Chromatic scale spanning the entire range of your instrument is (ascending & descending), or at least 2 octaves. A major or minor scale of your choice is also required.
  • Required audition excerpt (to be posted on Sakai by August 18).
  • Walk a bass line on the following chord progressions (if needed, sample bass lines can be provided for you).
    • 12 bar blues in the key of Bb or F
    • Bb rhythm changes (the chord progression to "I Got Rhythm")

DRUMS

  • Demonstrate basic time-keeping ability in the following styles at a variety of tempos: swing, bossa-nova, straight 8th latin, rock/funk.
  • Required audition excerpt (to be posted on Sakai by August 18).

Any additional audition information will be sent to registered students via their LUC email account a few weeks prior to the beginning of each semester.  Remember to sign up for the class before selecting your audition time. Only those enrolled in the class will be able to audition.

For more information about Jazz Ensemble auditions, please email Director Scott Burns at sburns5@luc.edu