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Durham Jazz: Inspiring Durham’s next generation of jazz musicians.

DJ Vocal Jazz

The Durham Vocal Jazz is available to all students between grade 8-12.  Decisions will be based on willingness to learn and skill.  Applicants should have some part singing experience.

Audition Details:

  1. Requirements:
        1. Learn the appropriate part** of “More I Cannot Wish You” by Phil Mattson
        2. Applicants are asked to bring an additional piece of their choice that showcases their singing.
        3. Accompanists will not be provided.
        4. Applicants will be asked to sing a major scale and chromatic scale within their range.
        5. Applicants will sing back a short section of melody.

    ** How to decide what part you should sing. You need to select a part that you can comfortably reach the following notes:
    Soprano: C4-C6
    Mezzo Soprano: A3-A5
    Alto: F3-F5
    Tenor: C3-C5
    Baritone: A2-A4
    Bass: E2-E4

    Piano Keyboard

  2. What to Expect:
      1. Applicants please expect to:
        1. See other applicants warming up at the same time
        2. Meet past members of the ensembles. Feel free to ask questions.
        3. See 3-5 people in the audition room
        4. Find that your audition will be recorded (audio only) for comparison purposes
        5. Be in the audition for 10 minutes and that part of that time you will be asked questions about yourself.
        6. Drummers: be prepared to play a variety of styles, fills.
        7. Guitarists: be prepared to play in a variety of styles and read chord symbols as well as written notes.
        8. Pianists: be prepared to read chord symbols and written notes.
      2. Families please expect to:
        1. Meet members of our Parent Council. Please feel free to ask questions.
        2. Receive information about the band
      3. Results:  The results from the 2016-2017 auditions will be posted on the “Members & Alumni” page on the website by the Sunday after auditions.  As there may be 100+ applicants, it will be the responsibility of each family to check the website for results.
      4. If successful: Please be aware that if successful there will be a family and member meeting on the Tuesday evening that at least 1 member of your family must attend.  Practices will start the Thursday after auditions.
  3. Audition Piece Links:  Please download the correct part for you.
    1. DVJ 2016 Audition MICWY
  4. Audio Link: Here is the audio link for “More I Cannot Wish You.” You can use it to hear your part and to see how it fits with the whole ensemble.  Feel free to practice along with it however you may not sing with it during your audition.
  5. How to book an audition:
    1. Please email for an audition time.  Include the following information in your email:
      1. Applicants Full Name
      2. Parent/Guardian Name(s)
      3. Phone/Email Contact info
      4. Instrument(s)
      5. School
      6. Grade
      7. Date(s) preferred (September 26-30, 2016)
      8. Time range preferred (4-9pm each day)
      9. *** Please provide multiple options if possible.
    2. If you’d prefer to call to book an audition please call or leave a message at 905.925.7932

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