Jazz Choir Auditions

Returning singers must re-audition each year.

No audition is required for Jazz III if you do not wish to be considered for La Voix or Noteworhty

The Mount Si Vocal Jazz program has a full calendar of projects and events scheduled for the 2020-2021 School Year. Singers can look forward to the following opportunities:

  • Virtual jazz choir performances 

  • Collaboration on projects with professional jazz artists

  • ​Workshops on solo jazz performance, culminating in a solo recital night

  • Study of jazz vocal techniques, including scatting and jazz listening.

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By Audition Only

Noteworthy

Noteworthy is an auditioned, highly select group of singers who are serious about jazz! Noteworthy meets 5 days a week during 0 period

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By Audition Only

La Voix

La Voix is an auditioned, highly select group of singers who are serious about jazz! La Voix meets 3-4 days a week during 0 period

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Open to all; semester or year-long

Jazz III

Jazz III focuses on individual jazz vocal development as well as jazz choir technique.

The Audition Process:

Remote Auditions

August 31 & September 1

Optional Info Sessions

Both directors will be available via Zoom at 7:30 AM on August 31st and September 1st to answer questions about our program and the audition process, as well as to help trouble shoot tech issues that students might be encountering. 

September 3 & September 4

Individual Zoom Sessions:

Chat & Scat!

Each singer who signs up to audition will receive an assigned 10 minute audition slot on either September 3 OR September 4 during the 0 period time frame (7:30 - 8:30 AM)

During their assigned time, students will log into a Zoom call with Mrs. Isaacs and Ms. Woodbury. Students will chat with the directors about their musical background and goals for the year, and then use the Blues Scat Track posted below to scat in "real time", using their phone or laptop to play the track.

 

No other students will be in the zoom call on these days.

If you are feeling nervous about scatting, please remember that these individual sessions are just one component of this audition process. These chat and scat sessions are just an opportunity for us to get to know you and play around with some musical ideas together.

September 8 & September 10:

"Director's Choice" Standard

Every singer auditioning will prepare the jazz standard "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" for this phase of the auditions.  All students will be called from 7:30 - 8:30 AM on both of these days - all students will call into the same Zoom call and will sing in a "group" setting. 

The MSHS Jazz Choirs are full of supportive and kind musicians!  Singing in front of each other might seem intimidating, but rest assured that everyone is in the same boat and is cheering for each other to shine!

September 10:

Prepared Recordings Due

Each student will need to submit two recordings via email by 6:00pm on Thursday, September 10th.  Please read the description of each recording carefully:

1) Prepared Harmony Part: We will release sheet music for 8 bars of a jazz standard arranged for SAB choir on September 3. Each student will need to prepare either the alto or the bass part on their own, using practice tracks we will provide.  Then, students will need to record themselves singing their harmony part along with a recording of the soprano part. We will be listening to see if you can accurately hold your part against a melody.

2) Prepared "Singer's Choice" Standard: Each student should select a jazz standard of their choosing, and record themselves performing it, either a capella or with a background track from iReal Pro or YouTube. We will be listening for jazz styling, intonation, tone, and overall musicianship.

Students should email their recordings (or upload their recordings to Google Drive and share a link) to isaacsh@svsd410.org and woodburyr@svsd410.org

If you need help choosing a standard or finding a backing track, contact Mrs. Isaacs or Ms. Woodbury and they can help you!

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