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Queens, NY 11367-1597
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Queens College Jazz Studies Program

Audition Requirements

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

  2. Audition Prescreening: Provide three (3) videos of yourself performing (one composition per video). Three standards are preferred, but we will accept one original composition if you choose. These videos should demonstrate your ability to play in a jazz style with a rhythm section. Each tune should demonstrate your ability to improvise over chord structures. Please submit the links to the videos on the Acceptd platform. 

  3. Live audition: If you pass the Prescreening you will be invited to a live audition. For your live audition, prepare three compositions: one ballad, one medium tempo composition, and one up tempos example of rhythm changes. 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 from memory. 

  4. Pianists and guitarists should prepare 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 over traditional jazz forms as well as have a familiarity with world rhythms.

  7. Singers should be prepared to sing three compositions (One ballad, one medium swing composition, and another song in any style 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")