College of Fine Arts and Communication
Billy Taylor Jazz Festival
We require auditions (or consent of director) for entrance into the jazz concentration program and within our ensembles.
Jazz ensembles (large) and jazz combo (chamber) performance groups are open to all university students by audition or consent of director. Existing jazz performance group opportunities in the School of Music include:
Please refer to catalog for additional jazz course offerings and requirements.
Auditions will be held the first week of each semester. Audition music will be made available by the jazz faculty during the first week of each semester but not before. The auditioning student should demonstrate the ability to perform the prepared music focusing on jazz styles and characteristics. The student will also be required to sight-read. (No improvisation required for these chairs)
Auditions will be held for each ensemble/combo at a later date to be determined by each ensemble director. (Please notify the Director of Jazz Studies of interest in a Solo Jazz Chair audition during the Section Chair audition.) (Improvisation required) - The auditioning student should demonstrate the ability to perform the head to selected jazz compositions. After performing the head, the student should demonstrate the ability to improvise over the preexisting standard and altered chord changes. All auditions should focus on jazz stylistic characteristics and must be performed from memory.
instrumentalists || vocalists
(Audition & Declaration)
The Upper Division Qualifying Exam is to be taken after completion of eight (8) semester hours of traditional applied lessons. In addition to the Sophomore Hearing, a separate jury taken after completion of four (4) semester hours of jazz applied lessons is required to enter the Jazz Studies concentration. The additional jury will be of 20-minute duration held during the spring semester of the sophomore year or completion of lower level theory courses. Upon passing this jury, the student will be accepted into the ECU Jazz concentration. If the student does not pass this jury on the first attempt, the student may retake the jury prior to the date mandated by the university to remove an incomplete grade (the following semester.) The student may not take the jury more than twice. The jury will be called the Jazz Studies Upper Divisional Exam, with format as follows:
The student will be required to do a recital jury hearing in the semester preceding the scheduled Senior Recital date. Upon passing this jury, the student will be eligible to perform the Senior Recital.