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All-State Jazz Auditions

All-State Jazz Audition components are posted.
NEW tracks for the improvisation component are now available.
Scales are NEW. Be sure to download the use the new scales.

The 2016 Audition fee is $20, the deadline is March 18, 2016.

See the OpusEvent How-To Guide for information on submitting auditions.

Audition Components

  1. Play the updated scales in succession, in a single continuous take, at the articulation and tempo indicated.  
  2. Perform the MMEA All-State jazz etude.
    1. MacPhail Center for Music has generously provided video tutorials for Jazz Etudes.
  3. Perform improvisation as listed below.
    1. Tracks are now available through McNally Smith. Choose appropriate track in Bb or F (St. Thomas Latin tracks will not be used for 2016 auditions).
    2. Jamey Aebersold will no longer be used.
    3. For all instruments: Student may listen to one chorus before beginning.
    4. Suggested length of improvisation:
      1. Wind/Brass: 4-5 Choruses of soloing
      2. Piano/Guitar/Vibes: split evening between comping and soling.
      3. Bass: split evenly between bass line and soloing. 
The All-State Auditions Task Force is considering adding a second improv in Latin style  beginning 2017. 

Digital Ethics

Sponsoring teachers must be in the room when the recording is made. All students and sponsoring teachers are responsible for adhering to the MMEA digital ethics policy. The policy is available for download here, and on the All-State Auditions main page.

Updated eligibility requirements are on the All-State Policies page. Read details on music ensemble participation. Other requirements remain the same.

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