Vocal Jazz Singers

Senior Jazz - Vocal


John Musick (jmusick@lths.net)


Devil May Care (Marsh)
The Nearness of You (arr. Kirby Shaw)
So Danco Samba (Wier)
Your Mind Is on Vacation (Eckert) 


Required Selection (s)
Sight Reading


Selected audition songs are "The Nearness of You" arr. Kirby Shaw and "Devil May Care" by Kerry Marsh.
One excerpt (SATB parts, measures all the same) will be chosen per tune on the day of the audition from the following three choices:

"Nearness of You"
Excerpt A - 3 note pick-up to measure 9 to first note of 16
Excerpt B - 4 note pick-up to measure 17 to first note of 24
Excerpt C - 3 note pick-up to measure 25 to first note of 35 

"Devil May Care"
Excerpt A - measures 25-48
Excerpt B - 5 note pick-up to measure 75 through 97
Excerpt C - measures 141 through 170 (end)

Students will be asked to sing through the chromatic scale and the blues scale.  They can sing using solfedge or a neutral syllable.  Sopranos and tenors will sing in the high key, beginning on E-flat for both scales, and altos and basses will sing in the low key, beginning on C for both scales.  In addition to the prepared pieces and scales, students will be asked to sight sing through a short swing passage (5 bars) and improvise on two choruses of Jamie Aebersol's 12-bar B-flat blues.  Students will listen to one chorus of B-flat blues and then scat over two choruses of B-flat blues.  Examples of previous sight-singing may be found on the ILMEA website.


Jazz Division Rep.                                            
Mark A. Tessereau
Belleville East High School
2555 West Blvd.
Belleville, IL 62221

Vocal Jazz Chair                          
Timothy Hassall

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