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New Visual and Performing Arts Center

The new facility, expected to be complete in 2014 will house a 350-seat theater, a 150-seat black box theater, a 350-seat concert hall, an art gallery, a recording studio and state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.

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Audition Information:

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Saxophone

  1. 12 major scales and arpeggios
  2. One slow and one fast etude from Ferling-48 Studies
  3. A solo transcription from the Charlie Parker Omnibook
  4. Sightreading
  5. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis 

Trumpet

  1. 12 major scales and arpeggios
  2. One slow and one fast etude from Arban
  3. A solo transcription from "The Complete Transcribed Solos of Clifford Brown"
  4. Sightreading
  5. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis 

Trombone

  1. 12 major scales and arpeggios
  2. One slow and one fast etude from any standard etude book
  3. A solo transcription from any trombone transcription book (e.g., J. J. Johnson, Slide Hampton)
  4. Sightreading
  5. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis 

Piano

  1. 12 major scales and arpeggios, two octaves, two hands
  2. One classical etude or a movement from a standard sonata
  3. A solo transcription from any jazz piano transcription book
  4. Sightreading
  5. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis

Bass

  1. 12 major scales and arpeggios, two octaves
  2. One slow and one fast etude from a standard etude book (Simandl, Hertl)
  3. A solo transcription from any bass transcription book
  4. Sightreading
  5. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis 

Guitar

  1. 12 major scales and arpeggios, two octaves
  2. A solo transcription from the Charlie Parker Omnibook
  3. Sightreading
  4. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis

Drum Set

  1. Demonstrate basic technique in several styles (swing, latin, funk, etc.)
  2. Demonstrate basic snare drum technique (Rudiments from PAS List)
  3. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis. Play melody on drums and comp for other soloists, trade fours. 

Vibraphone (mallet percussion)

  1. 12 major scales and arpeggios
  2. An etude from a standard etude/method book (Goldenberg, G.H. Green, etc.)
  3. Sightreading
  4. Two of the following tunes (or similar tunes): 1. Straight No Chaser by Thelonius Monk; 2. Satin Doll by Duke Ellington; 3. Blue Bossa by Kenny Dorham; 4. Oleo by Sonny Rollins; 5. Ladybird by Tadd Dameron; 6. Tune-Up by Miles Davis. Play melody and solo on each tune. Play chords to comp for other soloists. 

Jazz Voice
The WCSU Department of Music is not currently accepting students in Jazz Voice.

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