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Recorded Jazz & Absentee Auditions

GUIDELINES FOR VIDEO AUDITIONS

An absentee audition is allowed in circumstances where a musician cannot appear live for their audition. Jazz musicians only have the option of a recorded (absentee) audition.

1. Submit your Audition Application.
2. Prepare your Audition with the requested Repertoire and Instructions.
 
3. Record your video audition following the below guidelines.
  • Video auditions are to be recorded in ONE TAKE and UNEDITED.
  • A musician's full body must be present in the frame.
  • Introduce your full name at the start of the video; name each scale and each etude or solo selection.
  • Audition repertoire must be performed in the order provided.
  • Be sure to carefully review Audition Repertoire & Instructions -- don't forget your scales!  
 
4. Submit your Recorded Audition via email.

Send the link to office@csysa.com with "Absentee Audition Link" or "Jazz Audition Link" in the subject.

 

Acceptable submission platforms are Vimeo, YouTube (unlisted), and Dropbox. 

Note: Be aware of permissions and any required passwords. If we cannot open your video link, your audition cannot be considered. 

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JAZZ AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

ABSENTEE AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

Since the audition panel will not be able to control the audition or request scales and sight-reading, the following guidelines, which vary from a live audition, must be followed:

SCALE REQUIREMENTS

1. WOODWINDS + BRASS:  play a chromatic scale from your lowest possible to highest possible note, one time slurring and a second time tonguing the notes. Prepare a major or minor scale of choice. 

2. PERCUSSION: Prepare two major or minor scales of choice.

3. STRINGS: Prepare two major scales of choice, one in a sharp key and one in a flat key. Students auditioning for an advanced group must include a third scale of choice in a minor key and 2 minutes of solo work.

 

Please review the Audition instructions for more detailed guidelines by ensemble level and instrument. Email office@csysa.com with any additional questions. 

Good luck! You may be asked to perform a live audition and sight read at a later date.

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