Jazz Band Auditions

The 2017 AMIS International Honor Jazz Festival

Jazz Band Auditions

Mark Fields, Guest Conductor

United World College of South East Asia – Singapore

Eivind Lødemel, Host Organizer

Please be aware that only students who will be in grades 9 – 13 during the 2017-2018 school year will be eligible to audition for the 2017 Jazz Festival. Students must also be a member of their school’s musical groups. In exceptional circumstances teachers may request an exception to this rule for those in good standing within the music department by special request to the Executive Director of AMIS.
Registration for the Jazz Skills Workshop will begin after the Jazz Band audition results are announced.
The audition listening process is both blind and anonymous. Adjudicators are unaware of either the identity or the source of a particular sound file, and are therefore unable to provide feedback on a specific performance.

 Honor Jazz Audition Materials and Instructions

Jazz Audition Eligibility

AMIS Festivals support the music programs in schools whose primary purpose is to serve expatriate children in various world locales. Applications are not accepted from students whose schools are outside of this international school community.

Applicants must submit their auditions through a music teacher from their school, and must be active members of the relevant performing ensembles within their school. Any exceptions to the above must have prior approval from the Executive Director in order to audition.

Only students who will be in grades 9-13 during the school year in which the festival occurs and who are members of their school’s musical groups, or in exceptional circumstances those whose music teachers request an exception to this rule for those in good standing within the music department.

There will continue to be opportunities for wind and brass players to perform with combos. For this to be successful, students must have a certain level of improvisational skill. Therefore, all wind and brass players wishing to participate in a combo, and all piano, guitar, and bass players, MUST perform the improvisation segment of the audition. The improvisations will be used by the audition committee to make appropriate combo placements, but students of varying improvisational abilities can be accepted into the festival.

Wind and brass players wishing to have an opportunity to work in a combo must submit an improvisation. Wind and brass players wishing only to participate in the big band are not required to submit an improvisation although it is strongly encouraged.

Vocalists should follow the separate page of vocal instructions.

Fine jazz musicians who enter our schools for the first time in September will unfortunately not be eligible for this festival unless a vacancy occurs due to someone unexpectedly moving between audition time and the festival date, or due to a particular section not attracting sufficiently experienced candidates. It will be important that everyone in the ensembles spends time preparing for the event during the summer holidays. Teachers of band members must remain in contact with AMIS throughout the summer.

Submitting Auditions

Audition uploading is now open.  All submissions must be complete by 26 April 2017. Late auditions cannot be considered.  

It is important that you follow all instructions for electronic submission.

The specific instructions for sending your auditions electronically can be found on the online registration site.

Click here to go to the Online Audition submission system.

Please note that the audition system is not compatible with the Firefox web browser.

Recommended Recording Techniques

  1. Please record in stereo.
  2. When submitting your audition you must put each section of the performer’s audition on its own mp3 file.
  3. The addition of electronic echo/reverb will disqualify the student. 
  4. Pay attention to balance. The metronome must be audible during the scales/backing tracks but should not overpower the performer. The metronome should be audibly ticking during the scales.
  5. Be sure you listen to each entire recording for distortion or editing mistakes.

Before you send the auditions: 

  1. Do not upload auditions for students that clearly indicate a lack of preparation or a level of performance that is not appropriate for a highly select jazz ensemble. Screen your auditions.
  2. Listen to your completed recordings.
  3. Listen to your recordings once more to insure that you have recorded complete auditions with each requested part. Also listen carefully for balance and clarity.
  4. Make sure the performer is clearly audible. There must be no announcements.
  5. Make a back-up copy of your recordings.
  6. Be sure to fill out the AMIS online database completely.
  7. Submit your auditions electronically as requested in the directions for electronic submissions.

Uploading Auditions

The online Database is now open for submission of auditions.  Please be aware that only teachers may submit auditions.

Click here to go to the Online Audition submission system.
Please note that the audition system is not compatible with the Firefox web browser

If you have questions concerning the submission system please contact Tim Germann.

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