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Graduate Audition Requirements

Master of Arts in Performance

     *****Graduate Jazz Auditions will be held Saturday, April 5.

JAZZ AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

The candidate will perform one selection from each of the four following categories:

1. Bebop
  • Select and perform a bebop head from memory in a medium-fast to fast tempo. Examples of bebop heads are "Donna Lee," "Scrapple from the Apple," or "Anthropology."
  • All candidates will play a minimum of two improvised choruses on the chord progression.
  • Pianists and guitarists will accompany a soloist, or "comp," for two choruses.
  • Bassists will demonstrate a "foundational" walking bass line outlining the chord progression.
  • Drummers will "trade 8s" or "4s" in addition to improvising complete choruses.

2. Ballad
  • Select and perform a ballad from memory. Examples of ballads are "Body and Soul," "Darn that Dream," or "'Round Midnight."
  • The melody should not be played literally, but rather should be interpreted and embellished.
  • Guitarists will play a chord melody arrangement of the head.
  • Drummers will play with brushes.

3. Nonfunctional Harmony
  • Select and perform, from memory, a jazz composition that employs nonfunctional harmonic idioms. Examples of nonfunctional harmonic compositions are "Very Early" (Bill Evans), "Windows" (Chick Corea), "Dolphin Dance" (Herbie Hancock), and "Yes or No" (Wayne Shorter).
  • All candidates will play a minimum of two improvised choruses on the chord progression.
  • Pianists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers will accompany a soloist, or "comp," for two choruses.

4. Transcription
  • Perform a reading of a transcribed solo (memorization not required) as played by one of the recognized masters of the candidate's instrument. For example, a candidate for trumpet might play a transcription of a Clifford Brown solo, or a candidate for guitar might play a transcription of a Wes Montgomery solo.


CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should prepare three contrasting pieces from three different periods of music that best demonstrate their level of technical and interpretive achievement.

 

CLASSICAL VOCAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Voice Performance students holding a BM, BFA or BA with a concentration in voice may audition for the MA program.  Students should prepare 20-25 minutes of music consisting of songs in four languages (English, Italian or Latin, German and French) being sure to include all of  the following periods of music; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary.  Their selections should include one aria and recitative from an opera or oratorio, and the songs must be of varying tempi.