This page describes the audition processes for all of our Jazz offerings (private lessons, classes, and small ensembles), with the exception of the Youth Jazz Orchestra (YJO). YJO is considered a Large Ensemble and information on how to audition for YJO can be found here: Large Ensemble auditions.
We hold annual auditions for our jazz ensembles, classes, and lessons at the beginning of each semester, in September for the Fall semester and in January for the Spring semester. Our Jazz classes run on a full academic year schedule, but acceptance mid-year is sometimes possible and at the discretion of the individual teachers.
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Department Chair of Jazz, David Zoffer by e-mailing him at David.Zoffer@necmusic.edu.
Students familiar with Jazz music should be prepared to play two contrasting Jazz pieces, and if they would like to be in an ensemble or want accompaniment, they should bring charts in the concert key. Transcriptions or original compositions are acceptable, but not required.
Students who have not played Jazz should be prepared to play any two contrasting pieces of their choice in whatever style of music they are currently familiar with.
Drummers should bring their own sticks, brushes, cymbals, and a hi-hat clutch if they have one (stand is not necessary).
Electric instrumentalists must bring their own cords to the audition. NEC will provide amplification at the audition, but students may bring their own amps if they like.
Vocalists will need their own microphones for rehearsals, but not the placement audition.
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