Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

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Aaron Copland School of Music Welcomes New Faculty

Mark Powell

Mark Powell
Associate Professor and
Director of Orchestral Studies
Photo credit: Emma Jane Geisler

Eric Rubinstein

Eric Rubinstein
Assistant Professor of
Choral Music Education

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Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

Mon-Thurs 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Queens College Jazz Studies Program

Audition Requirements

  1. Apply to Queens College: http://tinyurl.com/ont8wys

  2. Audition Prescreening: Send a minimum of 3 videos of yourself performing (one tune per video). Play 2 standards at least, one original is allowed. These videos should demonstrate your ability to play in a jazz style with rhythm section. Each tune should include improvising over chord changes. Please submit the links to the videos using the Prescreening Form.

  3. Live audition: If you pass the Prescreening you will be invited to a live audition. For your live audition, prepare 3 tunes: one ballad, one med up rhythm changes and a third tune of your choice. In addition, you are responsible for knowing some commonly played jazz standards (scroll down for our recommended list). You may be asked to play any of these songs by memory.

  4. Pianists and guitarists should prepared the ballad as a solo piece.

  5. Bassists should be prepared to play the melody of their songs as well as create basslines and solos in a variety of styles over chord changes.

  6. Drummers should be prepared to play swing and a variety of Latin and funk styles, trade fours, solo over forms or vamps and work within a jazz rhythm section.

  7. Singers be prepared to sing 3 tunes (A ballad, a swing tune and another of your choice). Bring charts in your key for the rhythm section. You will be asked to improvise over changes.

  8. For all applicants: Sight reading will be a required part of the audition.

  9. A rhythm section will be provided for you to play with at the audition.

  10. After you audition on your instrument you will be given a short theory test.

  11. Students who are unable to attend Queens College for the audition can request a Skype audition. However, in person auditions are preferred and may be prioritized over students who only audition via the internet.

All applicants will be asked to pay a $20 audition processing fee on the day of their live audition.

Jazz Standards All Instruments Jazz Standards for Singers
1) Cherokee 1) Lullaby of Birdland
2) Confirmation 2) How high the moon
3) Four 3) God bless the child
4) The song is you 4) Misty
5) I'll remember April 5) The nearness of you
6) Stablemates 6) Autumn leaves
7) There is no greater love 7) But not for me
8) You and the night and the music 8) You and the night and the music
9) Invitation 9) Just one of those things
10 ) Green Dolphin street 10) Skylark
11) Anthropology 11) I thought about you
12) All the things you are 12) I'll be seeing you
13) Alone together 13) Bye Bye blackbird
14) It could happen to you 14) Body and Soul
15) Along came Betty 15) It could happen to you
16) Start eyes 16) Like someone in love
17) You stepped out of a dream 17) My funny Valentine
18) Old Milestones 18) Every day I have the blues
19) Prelude to a kiss 19) All of me
20) I can't get started 20) You go to my head
21) Old Folks 21) Lover man
22) Body and Soul 22) One Charlie Parker blues Melody
23) Misty 23) One Charlie Parker Rhythm changes
24) Black Orpheus 24) One traditional blues (such as "Every day I have the blues")