Spring 2020 Registration & Auditions

Registrar's registration guide for Spring 2020: https://registrar.unt.edu/registration/spring-registration-guide

Jazz Studies private lesson course sections for Spring 2020, including secondary lessons.

IMPORTANT: Due to the timing of the 2020 Jazz Education Network Conference, the days and times of studio auditions will be altered for this semester.
Some studios may run auditions during Fall 2019 juries; others at augmented times in January. See below for details.

Jazz Lab Band Auditions
All students who plan to play in a jazz lab band must register for the Jazz Lab Band holding section:
MULB 1808.500 (UGRD) / 5174.500 (GRAD)

Jazz Chair callback auditions will be Monday, January 13 in the evening (6:00 p.m. on) in room 262.

Saxophone: Sunday, January 12, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. in room 330
Trumpet: Sunday, January 12, 2:00-6:00 p.m. in room 353. Added times Monday, January 14 in the morning if needed.
Trombone: Jury Week of Fall 2019, December 2 through December 6. Contact Prof. Finzer to allocate a time.
Piano: Jury and Finals Week of Fall 2019 semester by appointment with Prof. Meder.

Special Note: “Auditions will only be held as needed. If you are currently placed in a lab band, you do not need to re-audition. Simply email Prof. Meder with any new lab band preferences you have for the spring. If you are a non-major not planning to continue in your lab band placement, or if you are a non-major who did not audition already in the fall, please email Prof. Meder to discuss available options.”​
Guitar: Monday, January 13, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. in room 277.
Bass: Jury Week of Fall 2019, December 2 through December 6. Contact Prof. Seaton to allocate a time.
Drum set: Drum set sight reading auditions will be held Sunday, January 12, 12:00-3:00 p.m. in room 133. Lab Band call back auditions will take place Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14 between 1:00-4:00 p.m. in room 282.
Violin/Strings: No re-auditions for Jazz Strings Ensemble.

Jazz Singers Auditions
All students who plan to sing in a jazz singers group must register for the holding section:
MULB 1820.5­00 (UGRD) / 5174.522 (GRAD)

Individual Audition Times  (room 263, Lab East)
Monday, January 13, times TBD
Tuesday, January 14 times TBD

For more information:  http://jazz.unt.edu/vj-ensemble-auditions
If you have questions, contact Professor Jennifer Barnes: Jennifer.barnes@unt.edu

Zebras auditions for Spring will be held during the first class meeting, Tuesday 1/14 at 11:00 a.m. in room 263 and decisions posted that night. Rhythm section players should request Zebras from their instructors first before attending the Zebras audition. Specific repertoire to prepare and online sign up form will be posted during the winter break.

Jazz Labs
These are the jazz labs that count toward the 8 semester credit hours of music laboratory for undergraduates:
MULB 1808 - Jazz Lab Band
MULB 1817 - Jazz Guitar Laboratory
MULB 1819 - Jazz Keyboard Laboratory (Zebras)
MULB 1820 - Jazz Singers Laboratory
MULB 1821 - Latin Jazz Lab
MULB 1821 - Jazz Strings Ensemble


Bass Auditions Jazz lab auditions take place each semester the week prior to the start of classes. They consist of sight-reading typical big band charts: reading notes, walking bass lines and soloing. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the door of Lynn Seaton's office, room 279 in the Music Building. Bring both acoustic and electric basses if you play both. Bring a cable for the electric bass. Please be prepared to play (instruments out of the case and tuned) ten minutes before your scheduled audition time.

Drumset Auditions To be eligible for jazz ensemble auditions drummers must have the ability to sight read and interpret representative drum parts from the ensemble literature. Sight reading examinations are usually given the week before classes begin of each long semester. Sign up sheets for the examination and further information are posted on the percussion bulletin board across from the percussion office (room 131) a week before the examination date.

Guitar Auditions Guitarists will perform a live audition before classes begin for ensemble and lesson or master class placement. This will focus on sight reading of both lines and chord changes and improvising.

Piano Auditions Students must sign up for an audition time at MU272 and arrive at least 10 minutes early to their scheduled time. There is nothing to prepare. All materials will be provided at the time of audition.

Saxophone Auditions Sign-up sheets are located on the door of Brad Leali's office. Please be warmed up and ready to play at your designated time. Reading auditions are accomplished with a metronome (everyone has the same tempo). There will be four musical examples of different styles and difficulty. We rate the tone quality, rhythmic reading, note reading and stylistic conception for each piece. Reading audition results will be posted Monday morning on the lab band bulletin board. Saxophone section call-back auditions will be Monday at 1:00 pm in Kenton Hall; approximately 20 saxophonists. Saxophone jazz improvisation call back auditions will be Monday evening in Lab Band East, room 263 (time to be announced later; approximately 20 saxophonists).

Trombone Auditions Sign up sheets will be available outside of Room 107 that week. Students should be prepared to improvise 2 choruses on an F blues for jazz chair consideration; and over Cherokee (Bb Major) for jazz chair consideration in one of the top 3 lab bands. At the end of your audition, you may also be assigned to take part in a general improvisation audition and/or a "call back" improvisation audition designed specifically for upper Lab Band spots.

Trumpet Auditions Lab Band trumpet auditions are used to place students into section and/or lead positions in the Lab Bands, Jazz Repertory Lab, Electronic Keyboard Lab, and Jazz Singers. The audition will consist of sight-reading music in a variety of styles. These may include a ballad, a swing tune (medium to fast), and a latin or rock tune. Students auditioning for lead chairs will play music which may be written above a high Eb (concert pitch). At a later time (usually Sunday evening preceding the first day of classes) students with expertise in improvisation will audition for jazz chair placement. This audition consists of improvising at sight over chord changes in a variety of styles and tempos. Students may sign-up for a jazz chair audition at room MA121. Students should be prepared to play (warmed up with instrument assembled) ten minutes before their scheduled audition time.

Zebras Auditions: Students must first complete their regular Jazz Lab audition before attempting the Zebras audition Tuesday 8/28, 11am, Rm. 263. Bass and Guitar will be assigned to Zebras based on your regular Jazz Lab audition. Drummers, Vocalists, Keyboards, Horns, Strings, Electronic instruments and World Musicinstruments: You are invited to audition for Zebras as a second lab ensemble or as your primary ensemble if you do not make placement in another MULB. Interested drummers must sign up on Quincy's door first. Audition details and requirements here.