Jazz Performance applicants must submit a screening audition for review via the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal.

Screening Recordings and Recorded Auditions must be audio/video recordings. Audio only recordings will not be accepted.

  • Screening deadline: December 4

General Audition Information

  • On campus auditions will be performed with a live accompaniment. Applicants should be prepared to perform the pieces required for screening, but may have the opportunity to perform other jazz standards during the audition.
  • Regional auditions are not offered in jazz percussion.
  • Recorded auditions must include a recording of the applicant playing with the background recording as instructed below. The applicant should check that the background recording is played at an appropriate volume. Submit recordings via the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal.

Screening and Final Audition Requirements

Specific information for each required piece and the accompaniment music files, recorded by the Oberlin Jazz Faculty Quintet, can be found below. The recorded tuning note is concert A.

  1. F Blues, four choruses. Play time for four choruses to the ending.
    Music: F Blues 
  2. Body and Soul (D flat), two choruses. Play brushes for two choruses to the ending.
    Music: Body and Soul 
  3. Ladybird (C), four choruses. Play time on the first chorus, catching rhythms of the melody. Play time on the second chorus. On the third and fourth chorus trade “fours” with piano. On the fifth chorus, play melody to the ending.
    Music: Ladybird 
  4. Rhythm Changes (B flat), three choruses. Play time with brushes for two choruses. Improvise with the bass and piano accompaniment for the third chorus to the ending.
    Music: Rhythm Changes 
  5. Blue Bossa (C minor), four choruses plus tag. This should have a bossa nova feel. Play time on all four choruses, catching the melody and tag (ending).
    Music: Blue Bossa 

The following chords are used for the blues and “rhythm changes”.

Blues:

//F7/B-flat7/F7/F7/B-flat7/B-flat7/F7/D7/G-7/C7/F7/(G-7 C7)//

Rhythm Changes:

//B-flat G7/C-7 F7/B-flat G7/C-7 F7/B-flat B-flat7/E-flat Edim/B-flat G7/C-7 F7/

//B-flat G7/C-7 F7/B-flat G7/C-7 F7/B-flat B-flat7/E-flat Edim/B-flat G7/C-7 F7/

/D7/D7/G7/G7/C7/C7/F7/F7//

//B-flat G7/C-7 F7/B-flat G7/C-7 F7/B-flat B-flat7/E-flat Edim/B-flat G7/C-7 F7//

If you are unable to download the accompaniment, contact the Office of Conservatory Admissions via e-mail at Conservatory.Admissions@oberlin.edu  or by calling (440) 775-8413  and a CD will be mailed to you. When requesting a CD, be sure to include a name, address, telephone number, the intended major, and the date and location of the audition.