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ERIE COUNTY Music Educators Association

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Jazz Guidelines


Jazz Guidelines - Instrumental


Eligibility

Instrumental students are selected to an all-county jazz ensemble by attaining a score at a live audition at the designated date and site for that festival.  Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to perform a jazz solo audition.

Students may audition on more than one instrument but must make their preference known at the audition.  Students may audition on the following instruments:  Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Percussion - Drum Set, Percussion - Mallets, String Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, and Piano.

Selection

Two high school level bands and one junior high level band will be selected.   The Jazz 1 & 2 Bands will be selected from students in grades 10-12 and the Jazz 3 Band will selected from students in grades 7-9.

Alternates

Alternates for the Jazz 1 Band are chosen from the Jazz 2 Band.  Alternates for the Jazz 2 Band are chosen from the HS Jazz  alternate list.  Alternates for the Jazz 3  Band are chosen from the JH Jazz alternate list.

Audition Date

Jazz auditions take place at the Elementary Solo Festival.

Audition Format

Solos must be chosen from the NYSSMA Manual Edition #31 (XXXI) (Effective July 2015).  Students in grades 7-9 are limited to a level 5 NYSSMA jazz solo.

Percussion instrument auditions are 15 minutes.  All other instruments are 10 minutes – following NYSSMA guidelines.

Trumpet players will be asked to play a scale of their choice demonstrating their range from low to high.  This scale will not be graded but will be a consideration in determing the lead trumpet  assignment.

Jazz Sight Reading is required.  See NYSSMA Jazz Sight Reading Criteria in the NYSSMA Manual.

Students are required to improvise blues in the keys of concert Bb or F using the ECMEA Jazz Tracks available under Jazz Practice Audio. It is recommended, but not required, that students play a "head" before improvising.  Disk and CD player will be provided.

A second published edition of the solo is required by ECMEA for a student to be considered for selection into an all-county ensemble.  If a student performs without a second published edition of the solo, he/she will only receive a rating, and will not be eligible for selection into an all-county ensemble.  Students with copied music (not a published edition) will not be allowed to perform.


Jazz Guidelines - Vocal


Eligibility

Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to perform a jazz vocal solo audition.

Selection

Up to 24 students will be selected to perform in a Jazz Choir.

Alternates

Alternates will be selected for each voice part.

Audition Date

Jazz Vocal auditions take place at the Senior High Solo Festival.
 

Audition Format

Solos must be chosen from the NYSSMA Manual Edition #31 (XXXI) (Effective July 2015). Students must provide their own CD for their solo in the published key.

Jazz sight reading is required.  See NYSSMA Jazz Sight Reading Criteria in the NYSSMA Manual.

Students are required to improvise. The improvisation can be scat singing or embellishment of the words/rhythms/pitches or a combination of both. Students will be required to improvise the blues from Volume 2 – Nothin’ But Blues by Jamey Abersold. Eligible titles are listed in the NYSSMA Manual on page 9-15. Adjudicator will select one 12 measure slow blues or one 24 measure fast blues from the list.

A second published edition of the solo is required by ECMEA for a student to be considered for selection into an all-county ensemble.  If a student performs without a second published edition of the solo, he/she will only receive a rating, and will not be eligible for selection into an all-county ensemble.  Students with copied music (not a published edition) will not be allowed to perform.