Hudson Valley
Youth Jazz Orchestra

directed by 
Dan Shaut 

HVYJO Auditions

Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be held on December 12 OR December14 online. 

Eligibility

Students must be either enrolled in school grades 8-12 or be 18 years old or younger. 

Instrumentation

As the region's premiere youth jazz orchestra we will adhere to traditional jazz instrumentation. Our ensemble will include; 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones and 1 bari saxophone, 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. We may also include vibraphone, vocalist, clarinet. 

If you need help selecting materials please email us. We are more than happy to help select appropriate audition materials.

Audition Materials for Horns (Saxophone, Trumpets, Trombones)

1) Transcription - Perform a transcription or etude that you can perform very well. It may be an etude from a book (i.e. Jim Snidero Jazz Conceptions) or a written transcription (i.e. Charlie Parker Omnibook) or it can be a solo you have transcribed yourself from a recording. SUBMIT A VIDEO of this in advance.   

 

2) Improvisation (Optional)- Perform a jazz standard or blues along with a play-a-long. You should play the head, improvise 2-4 choruses and then play the head again. Please remember that more is not always better. Although Improvisation is optional, students who improvise will be given an advantage when selecting the roster. Students must improvise to be considered for a scholarship. SUBMIT A Video of this in advance. We may ask you to improvise on Zoom as well.  

3) Sight Reading - We will provide sight reading during the audition on Zoom. Please make sure you will be able to clearly see music on a computer screen/tablet during the Zoom call. 

Audition Materials for Rhythm Section (Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone, and Bass)

1) Transcription - Perform a transcription or etude that you can perform very well. It may be an etude from a book (i.e. Jim Snidero Jazz Conceptions) or a written transcription (i.e. Charlie Parker Omnibook) or it can be a solo you have transcribed yourself from a recording.  

 

2) Walking or Comping - Perform a jazz standard

 

3) Improvisation (Optional) Perform a jazz standard or blues along with a play-a-long. You should play the head, improvise 2-4 choruses and then play the head again. Please remember that more is not always better. Although Improvisation is optional, Students who improvise will be given an advantage when selecting the roster. Students must improvise to be considered for a scholarship.  

4) Sight Reading - We will provide sight reading during the audition on Zoom. Please make sure you will be able to clearly see music on a computer screen/tablet during the Zoom call. 

Audition Materials for Drums

1) Transcription - Perform a transcription or etude that you can perform very well. It may be an etude from a book (i.e. Contemporary Drum set Solos) or a written transcription or it can be a solo you have transcribed yourself from a recording.  

 

2) Jazz Styles/Grooves- Demonstrate each style at temp. 8 measures of time followed by 8 measures of solo and ending on beat one of measure 17.

 

  • Up-tempo Swing 208bpm

  • Jazz Waltz 176 bpm

  • Jazz Ballad with brushes (64 bpm)

  • Shuffle (152 bpm)

  • Bossa Nova (96 bpm)

  • Samba ( half note 96 bpm)

     

3) Sight Reading - We will provide sight reading during the audition on Zoom.

Audition Materials for Vocals

1) Songbook- Demonstrate 3 songs of varied styles (i.e. ballad, bossa nova, blues, up-tempo swing) from the "American Songbook." Only sing the melody one time through. (Most songs will be 32 measures long. Most blues tunes will be 12 measures long.) You may improvise, scat for an additional chorus. The improvisation is optional. It is very highly encouraged that you perform with a backing track or accompanist. Please contact us if you need help securing a backing track.

2) Transcription - Perform a transcription of a vocalist or instrumentalist soloing in jazz style. 16-32 bars. If transcribing an instrumentalist use standard scat syllables. Please contact us if you need help selecting a piece. 

     

3) Sight Reading - There will be no sight-reading component for vocalists. 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are generally on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of each month in the late afternoon/early evening. An exact schedule will come out by the audition date. Rehearsals will be in Kingston, NY.

Covid 19 

We will adhere to all safety precautions set forth by the CDC and other necessary health guidelines. We will be using information set forth and adapted by NAfME to help us establish a safe way to rehearse music (including the aerosol study currently being conducted). The safety and well being of all participants is our primary concern. 

 

Rehearsals will include sectionals, meaning not all students will need to be present for the entire rehearsal. This will allow for a more efficient rehearsal schedule. It will also allow for a more socially distant rehearsal.