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Jazz Voice

Professor Catherine Jensen-Hole, jensen-hole@music.umass.edu, (413) 577-2459

Please note: For Vocal Jazz Major/Minor auditons you do not need to send in a pre-screening CD nor do you have to prepare any classical repertoire.

Audtion process:

  1. Prepare three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection, a jazz ballad, and the third song can be blues based, a bossa, samba or contemporary jazz song. Lead sheets should be prepared in your own key.
  2. Improvisation on one tune is encouraged but not obligatory.
  3. Scales: one octave ascending and descending chromatic scale
  4. Sight Reading: un-pitched jazz rhythmic sequences in swing feel.


An accompanist (piano) will be provided.


Jazz Guitar/Piano

Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes, jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046

  1. Three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection such as Out Of Nowhere, Just Friends, or Joy Spring, a blues such as Billie's Bounce or Straight No Chaser (not Blue Monk), and, a contrasting up tempo jazz, jazz waltz, Latin, or contemporary jazz piece (no ballads). Performance of the melody, comping and a minimum of two improvised choruses per tune will be required (4 improvised choruses for blues). Bring four copies of each lead sheet.

    Non-jazz pieces may be prepared in addition to the above requirements (bring lead sheets as applicable).
  2. Students will be asked to demonstrate “comping” styles over blues, rhythm changes (like “Oleo”), and a more contemporary “vamp” sequence.
    • Scales: all major and minor two octaves ascending and descending (piano both hands).
    • ii V I's in all major and minor keys: comp and improvise in 2 and 4 measure increments.
    • Sight Reading: single lines, rhythmic sequences and chord changes in jazz and related styles such as Latin and rock/funk.
    • Instrument and/or voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  3. Guitarists must bring their own patch cords. An amp will be provided.
  4. An accompanist (piano and/or bass) will be provided.

Jazz Bass

Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes (Coordinator), jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046
Professor Shigefumi Tomita (Bass), stomita@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-3911

  1. Three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection such as Out Of Nowhere, Just Friends, or Joy Spring, a blues such as Billie's Bounce or Straight No Chaser (not Blue Monk), and, a contrasting up tempo jazz, jazz waltz, Latin, or contemporary jazz piece (no ballads). Performance of the melody, comping and a minimum of two improvised choruses per tune will be required (4 improvised choruses for blues). Bring four copies of each lead sheet. Non-jazz pieces may be prepared in addition to the above requirements (bring lead sheets as applicable).
  2. Students will be asked to demonstrate “comping” styles over blues, rhythm changes (like “Oleo”), and a more contemporary “vamp” sequence.
    • (Bass players will "walk" over directives)
    • Scales: all major and minor two octaves ascending and descending (piano both hands).
    • ii V I's in all major and minor keys: comp and improvise in 2 and 4 measure increments.
    • Sight Reading: single lines, rhythmic sequences and chord changes in jazz and related styles such as Latin and rock/funk.
    • Instrument and/or voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  3. Jazz bassists will be required to study acoustic bass for a minimum of two years (Classical audition materials may be part of the audition - see Double Bass requirements if applicable)
  4. Amplified bassists must bring their own patch cords. An amp will be provided.
  5. An accompanist (piano or guitar) will be provided.

Jazz Drum Set

Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes (Coordinator), jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046
Drum Set faculty: Professor Thomas Giampietro, thomasg@music.umass.edu, (413) 577-1709

  1. Students will demonstrate the following styles: swing (moderate, moderate trading 4's between time and solo; and up-tempo), Latin (bossa and samba), Jazz waltz, funk, moderate rock, brushes: medium tempo swing and ballad, 12/8 Afro-Cuban and songo and an odd meter (5/4 or 7/4-swing)
  2. Performance of a jazz or straight-8 th tune selected from the standard jazz repertoire. An accompanist (piano or guitar, with or without bass) will be provided. This should NOT be a big band chart! And the student will also be required to improvise a solo over the form of their chosen tune. Bring 4 copies of the lead sheet for this tune.
  3. Students will also play a prepared drum set solo of their choice – please bring 4 copies of the piece. The prepared solo should be either a solo composed by the student or a transcription of a recorded jazz solo.
  4. Students will be required to sight read a big-band chart, a rhythm sheet and/or a lead sheet.
    Voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  5. A drum-set will be provided for the audition. However, please bring your own cymbals (including high hats), snare drum, bass drum pedal and sticks/brushes/mallets.

Please note: All Drum Set auditionees may also prepare a percussion audition to include snare drum and mallet selections. Make sure you identify on your audition application whether you will be preparing a percussion component.


All Non-Rhythm Section Jazz Auditions

(e.g. trumpet, trombone, saxophone, winds, strings)

Professor Jeffrey Holmes, jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046

  1. Three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection such as Out Of Nowhere, Just Friends, or Joy Spring, a blues such as Billie's Bounce or Straight No Chaser (not Blue Monk), and, a contrasting up tempo jazz, jazz waltz, Latin, or contemporary jazz piece (no ballads). Performance of the melody and a minimum of two improvised choruses per tune will be required (4 improvised choruses for blues). Bring four copies of each lead sheet. Non-jazz pieces may be prepared in addition to the above requirements (bring lead sheets as applicable).
  2. Students will be asked to demonstrate rhythm changes (like “Oleo”) and a more contemporary “vamp” sequence.
    • Scales: all major and minor two octaves ascending and descending (piano both hands).
    • ii V I's in all major and minor keys: comp and improvise in 2 and 4 measure increments.
    • Sight Reading: single lines, rhythmic sequences and chord changes in jazz and related styles such as Latin and rock/funk.
    • Instrument and/or voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  3. An accompanist (piano or guitar, with or without bass) will be provided.
  4. Students must also prepare the non-jazz audition repertoire for their instrument; see Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone (or whatever your main instrument is) audition requirements above. You may also contact the studio Professor for your instrument if you have questions.

Any further J.A.A.M.S. instrumental audition questions, contact Professor Holmes, Director of Jazz and African-American Music Studies: jwholmes@music.umass.edu .

For Vocal Jazz audition questions, contact Professor Jensen-Hole jensen-hole@music.umass.edu.

Jazz Voice

Professor Catherine Jensen-Hole, jensen-hole@music.umass.edu, (413) 577-2459

Please note: For Vocal Jazz Major/Minor auditons you do not need to send in a pre-screening CD nor do you have to prepare any classical repertoire.

Audtion process:

  1. Prepare three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection, a jazz ballad, and the third song can be blues based, a bossa, samba or contemporary jazz song. Lead sheets should be prepared in your own key.
  2. Improvisation on one tune is encouraged but not obligatory.
  3. Scales: one octave ascending and descending chromatic scale
  4. Sight Reading: un-pitched jazz rhythmic sequences in swing feel.


An accompanist (piano) will be provided.

Jazz Guitar/Piano

Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes, jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046

  1. Three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection such as Out Of Nowhere, Just Friends, or Joy Spring, a blues such as Billie's Bounce or Straight No Chaser (not Blue Monk), and, a contrasting up tempo jazz, jazz waltz, Latin, or contemporary jazz piece (no ballads). Performance of the melody, comping and a minimum of two improvised choruses per tune will be required (4 improvised choruses for blues). Bring four copies of each lead sheet.

    Non-jazz pieces may be prepared in addition to the above requirements (bring lead sheets as applicable).
  2. Students will be asked to demonstrate “comping” styles over blues, rhythm changes (like “Oleo”), and a more contemporary “vamp” sequence.
    • Scales: all major and minor two octaves ascending and descending (piano both hands).
    • ii V I's in all major and minor keys: comp and improvise in 2 and 4 measure increments.
    • Sight Reading: single lines, rhythmic sequences and chord changes in jazz and related styles such as Latin and rock/funk.
    • Instrument and/or voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  3. Guitarists must bring their own patch cords. An amp will be provided.
  4. An accompanist (piano and/or bass) will be provided.

Jazz Bass

Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes (Coordinator), jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046
Professor Shigefumi Tomita (Bass), stomita@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-3911

  1. Three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection such as Out Of Nowhere, Just Friends, or Joy Spring, a blues such as Billie's Bounce or Straight No Chaser (not Blue Monk), and, a contrasting up tempo jazz, jazz waltz, Latin, or contemporary jazz piece (no ballads). Performance of the melody, comping and a minimum of two improvised choruses per tune will be required (4 improvised choruses for blues). Bring four copies of each lead sheet. Non-jazz pieces may be prepared in addition to the above requirements (bring lead sheets as applicable).
  2. Students will be asked to demonstrate “comping” styles over blues, rhythm changes (like “Oleo”), and a more contemporary “vamp” sequence.
    • (Bass players will "walk" over directives)
    • Scales: all major and minor two octaves ascending and descending (piano both hands).
    • ii V I's in all major and minor keys: comp and improvise in 2 and 4 measure increments.
    • Sight Reading: single lines, rhythmic sequences and chord changes in jazz and related styles such as Latin and rock/funk.
    • Instrument and/or voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  3. Jazz bassists will be required to study acoustic bass for a minimum of two years (Classical audition materials may be part of the audition - see Double Bass requirements if applicable)
  4. Amplified bassists must bring their own patch cords. An amp will be provided.
  5. An accompanist (piano or guitar) will be provided.

Jazz Drum Set

Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes (Coordinator), jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046
Drum Set faculty: Professor Thomas Giampietro, thomasg@music.umass.edu, (413) 577-1709

  1. Students will demonstrate the following styles: swing (moderate, moderate trading 4's between time and solo; and up-tempo), Latin (bossa and samba), Jazz waltz, funk, moderate rock, brushes: medium tempo swing and ballad, 12/8 Afro-Cuban and songo and an odd meter (5/4 or 7/4-swing)
  2. Performance of a jazz or straight-8 th tune selected from the standard jazz repertoire. An accompanist (piano or guitar, with or without bass) will be provided. This should NOT be a big band chart! And the student will also be required to improvise a solo over the form of their chosen tune. Bring 4 copies of the lead sheet for this tune.
  3. Students will also play a prepared drum set solo of their choice – please bring 4 copies of the piece. The prepared solo should be either a solo composed by the student or a transcription of a recorded jazz solo.
  4. Students will be required to sight read a big-band chart, a rhythm sheet and/or a lead sheet.
    Voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  5. A drum-set will be provided for the audition. However, please bring your own cymbals (including high hats), snare drum, bass drum pedal and sticks/brushes/mallets.

Please note: All Drum Set auditionees may also prepare a percussion audition to include snare drum and mallet selections. Make sure you identify on your audition application whether you will be preparing a percussion component.

h2>All Non-Rhythm Section Jazz Auditions

(e.g. trumpet, trombone, saxophone, winds, strings)

Professor Jeffrey Holmes, jwholmes@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-6046

  1. Three stylistically different tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire. These should include a medium tempo jazz selection such as Out Of Nowhere, Just Friends, or Joy Spring, a blues such as Billie's Bounce or Straight No Chaser (not Blue Monk), and, a contrasting up tempo jazz, jazz waltz, Latin, or contemporary jazz piece (no ballads). Performance of the melody and a minimum of two improvised choruses per tune will be required (4 improvised choruses for blues). Bring four copies of each lead sheet. Non-jazz pieces may be prepared in addition to the above requirements (bring lead sheets as applicable).
  2. Students will be asked to demonstrate rhythm changes (like “Oleo”) and a more contemporary “vamp” sequence.
    • Scales: all major and minor two octaves ascending and descending (piano both hands).
    • ii V I's in all major and minor keys: comp and improvise in 2 and 4 measure increments.
    • Sight Reading: single lines, rhythmic sequences and chord changes in jazz and related styles such as Latin and rock/funk.
    • Instrument and/or voice pitch matching may also be administered.
  3. An accompanist (piano or guitar, with or without bass) will be provided.
  4. Students must also prepare the non-jazz audition repertoire for their instrument; see Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone (or whatever your main instrument is) audition requirements above. You may also contact the studio Professor for your instrument if you have questions.

Any further J.A.A.M.S. instrumental audition questions, contact Professor Holmes, Director of Jazz and African-American Music Studies: jwholmes@music.umass.edu .

For Vocal Jazz audition questions, contact Professor Jensen-Hole jensen-hole@music.umass.edu.