Instrumental Jazz Placement Auditions

All students are encouraged to audition for our flagship big band, the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, our Latin Ensemble, (both winners of the 2018 Reno Jazz Festival), our Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and the Fullerton Jazz Singers.

For 2020, the groups will form as bands 9 pieces or smaller, with masks and appropriate social distancing in large classrooms. Students will not sign up for combos (MUS 408’s) but for the 406L (Fullerton Jazz Orchestra) and 406S (Chamber Jazz Ensemble), and will be assigned to the appropriate group based on the auditions.

Jazz is a fun and essential part of your education as a music major. Even if you don't have experience playing jazz in the past, we have a place for you, and we encourage you to participate no matter what your major or emphasis. In our Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies we teach you what you need to be a successfully employed jazz/pop musician and educator, through courses in improvisation, composition, arranging, pedagogy, music technology and music production.

We look forward to seeing and hearing you.

 

 

JAZZ GROUPS

 

For 2020, the groups will form as bands 9 pieces or smaller, with masks and appropriate social distancing in large classrooms. Students will not sign up for combos (MUS 408’s) but for the 406L (Fullerton Jazz Orchestra) and 406S (Chamber Jazz Ensemble), and will be assigned to the appropriate group based on the auditions.


Fullerton Jazz Orchestra (MUS-406L)
     • Tuesdays and Thursdays - 4:30pm-6:15pm - CPAC-119
     • Directed by Bill Cunliffe

Fullerton Chamber Jazz Ensemble (MUS-406S)
      • Tuesday and Thursday - 6:30pm-7:50pm - CPAC-119
      Directed by Bill Cunliffe

Fullerton Jazz Singers (MUS-406V)
      • Time and place TBD
      • Directed by Andreas Preponis
     • Audition information for Jazz Singers. 

 

 

Video Auditions

Please follow the instructions below and submit your videos by 5:00pm on Monday, August 24, 2020.

  1.  Video record your audition.
    • You may use a camcorder, smartphone, webcam or any other means to create your videos.  A high-quality microphone is encouraged whenever possible, but most contemporary cells phones still do a decent job of audio recording these days. Please use what you have available. 
    • You may submit one long video for your entire audition or you may include each portion of the audition as a separate video.  Individual excerpts should be done in one take. 

  2. Upload your videos to a file sharing program (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) or to a video hosting website (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
    • Every CSUF student is given both a Dropbox and Google Drive account. Either can be used for this purpose. Please see your student portalOpens in new window and look for “Titan Apps.”

  3. Submit your video
    • You will be able to supply internet links (URLs) to your uploaded videos.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure that your videos can be viewed by anyone with the link. Please check this before submitting!
      • CSUF Google Drive users—When getting a shareable link you must go into “sharing settings” and make sure “anyone with the link can view.” Do not select “Anyone at CSUF with the link can view” or we may not be able to view your files.
      • CSUF Dropbox users—after creating a sharable link, go to “link settings” and double check that anyone with the link can access the file. Please do not select “team members” or we may not be able to view your files.

    • CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION VIDEOSOpens in new window
    • Audition videos are due by 5:00pm on Monday, August 24, 2020.

 

 
Audition Materials

  1. A transcribed solo or jazz etude of your choice, at least 32 bars. Any tempo is OK.
  2. Play the melody of a bebop head or standard jazz tune, and improvise on the changes, at least two choruses. In addition, rhythm section players comp for a chorus.
  3. A tune will be sent out at the beginning of August; students should record themselves playing the melody and improvising. 

 

Any questions?
Email billcunliffe@me.com or damonzick@hotmail.com

 

JAZZ SINGERS

Audition information for Jazz Singers. 

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Bill Cunliffe
Director
Department of Jazz Studies
Office: CPAC-227B
Phone: (657) 278-8236
Email: bcunliffe@fullerton.edu

 

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