Vocal Jazz Ensemble/JCM Audition Information

Third Street Spring Concert 2023

PLEASE NOTE:  INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF 6/12/24.

New AND returning students, please be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) all the way to the very end, as most if not all your questions can be answered there!

Instrumentalists interested in playing in the vocal jazz ensemble rhythm sections should indicate that on their instrumental audition forms.

Auditions for placement in Vocal Jazz ensembles and/or Jazz Chamber Music ensembles (jazz studies upper division majors only) will take place in Room 292 on:

Thursday, August 15 between 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 16 between 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 17 between 12 – 2:45 p.m.

CALLBACK FOR SELECTED SOP/ALTO VOCALISTS:  

Saturday, August 17 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Room 263 (Lab East)

Sign up online now for your audition time here.

Fill out your online audition form (prior to your audition) here.

[Note: Auditions for Lab Band Vocalist chairs are open to jazz majors only, and Round One will take place on Saturday, August 17 between 10 – 11:15 a.m.  More information and a link to sign up for an audition will be found on the Jazz Voice Area Canvas page.]

MANDATORY EVENTS/CONCERT DATES (more will be added, but if you are interested in being placed in an ensemble, these should be placed on your calendar NOW):

  1. Fall Ensemble Retreats (MANDATORY FOR ALL ENSEMBLE MEMBERS!):
    1. Jazz Singers will have a retreat on Saturday, September 7between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    2. Avenue C, Third Street, and West End will have a retreat on Saturday, September 14between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  
  2. Denton Arts & Jazz Festival:  Jazz Singers, Avenue C & Third Street will perform on Sunday, October 61 - 4 p.m.
  3. The Syndicate Friday “Nooners” (11 a.m. call, 12 – 1 p.m. performance):  
    1. Jazz Singers:  TBA
    2. Avenue C:  TBA
    3. Third Street:  TBA
    4. West End:  TBA
  4. The Syndicate evening performances (7 p.m. call, 9 p.m. performance):  
    1. Jazz Singers & Third Street perform on Tuesday, TBA
  5. Avenue C & West End perform on Tuesday, TBA
  6. Vocal Jazz Ensemble Fall Extravaganza:  Friday, November 15 is the major fall concert event for all four ensembles in Voertman Hall.  Everyone should plan to block the ENTIRE DAY/EVENING until a more detailed schedule is available.

FAQ:

I'm not a Jazz Studies major, or even a music major - can I still audition for one of the vocal jazz ensembles?

Auditions for all vocal jazz ensembles are open to any currently enrolled UNT student regardless of major.

When do the vocal jazz ensembles rehearse?

UNT Jazz Singers (Directed by Professor Barnes):  

Mondays from 12 – 12:50 p.m. (Rm. 292)

Tu/Th from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. (Rm. 263 – Lab East)

Fridays from 1 – 1:50 p.m. (282 - Lab West)

Avenue C:       

T/Th from 2:00 – 3:50 p.m. (Rm. 263 – Lab East)

Third Street:

M/W from 7:00 – 7:50 p.m. (Rm. 263 – Lab East)

Fridays from 12 – 1:50 p.m. (Rm. 263 – Lab East)

West End:

M/W from 5 – 6:50 p.m. (Rm. 263 – Lab East)

 

What will I have to do in my individual audition?

• If you’re auditioning for vocal jazz ensembles ONLY, you’ll sing short versions of two contrasting tempo songs (any style is o.k., but jazz is preferred; one ballad and one medium or up-tempo). For the ballad, sing only ONCE through the song; for the medium or fast song, a maximum of twice through the song (including improvisation, which is optional). Please no lengthy forms, complex arrangements, or instrumental solos due to time constraints.  

• If you’re auditioning for JCM and vocal jazz ensembles (jazz majors only), please prepare a ballad of your choosing (as indicated above), but for your medium or up-tempo song selection, choose from the options on the JCM Vocalist Audition rubric page, and please read the information on that page carefully to assist in preparing well! Please choose your song carefully: you should choose a song with chord changes that you can confidently improvise well over, not aim for the most difficult song and NOT nail the changes, which will result in a low score! Nailing the changes well is paramount, so choose well and shed hard! Note that you may not self-accompany on the JCM song you choose you must sing with an accompanist or accompaniment track (we would like to NOT accompany you on this, so we can all focus on listening!).

• Vocalize throughout your entire range 

• A brief “ear test”

• Sight-read

• Sing your part on a short excerpt of music that will be made available to you not less than 24 hours prior to your audition time that you learn on your own.  We will provide tools to help you with your preparation, including an audio track of your part.

• If you’re auditioning for JCM only, then you will only prepare one medium/up-tempo tune from the options on the JCM Vocalist Audition rubric page, and please read the information on that page carefully to assist in preparing well! Please choose your song carefully: you should choose a song with chord changes that you can confidently improvise well over, not aim for the most difficult song and NOT nail the changes, which will result in a low score! Nailing the changes well is paramount, so choose well and shed hard!  Note that you may not self-accompany on the JCM song you choose – you must sing with an accompanist or accompaniment track (we would like to NOT accompany you on this, so we can all focus on listening!).

Should I bring my own accompanist or accompaniment?

You may sing a cappella, accompany yourself, bring a pianist or guitarist to accompany you (acoustic only please – we don’t have time for setting up amps), use a backing track (like the iRealPro app), or you may bring a lead sheet and ask one of us to play for you.  We will have a Bluetooth speaker available to which you may connect your playback device.

When will I find out if I made a group, and how do I register?

Results will be posted here on this page no later than Sunday, August 18, but as soon as you sign up for an audition time, you should immediately register for MULB 1820, Section 500 (holding section for VJ ensembles), then you will be moved to the proper section or you will drop the class if you are not placed.

Do I have to be registered for this class to sing in an ensemble?

Anyone who is placed in an ensemble MUST be registered.