The Bachelor of Music - Jazz StudiesConcentration is a comprehensive program. Areas of study include performance, history, arranging, composition and pedagogy. Our faculty encourages creativity and versatility in our students to prepare them for careers as jazz performers, writers and educators.
contact Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Doug Leibinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 664-4149.
Auditions for SSU Jazz Ensembles
Auditions for SSU Jazz Ensembles will be held during the first day of classes,
Monday, January 14th in Green Music Center - room 1029.
ALL JAZZ MAJORS and ANYONE INTERESTED IN CONCERT JAZZ ENSEMBLES (SMALL GROUPS) OR LATIN BAND MUST AUDITION BETWEEN 11:00 AND 4:00 PM
NON-JAZZ MAJORS ONLY INTERESTED IN JAZZ ORCHESTRA WILL AUDITION BETWEEN 4:30 AND 6:30 PM
Please email Doug Leibinger (email@example.com) with your availability, and he will assign you a 10-minute slot.
One audition can place you in any of the jazz ensembles. We will ask for your availability and preference on the day of the audition. All jazz majors MUST audition for a jazz ensemble. Other music concentrations and non-music majors are welcome and encouraged to audition.
Instrumentalists, CLICK HERE to download your audition piece(s) here:
The file is an entire big band chart - please print out and learn the part that coincides with your instrument.
CLICK HERE for a recording of the tune for your reference:
Bring a play-along CD with a tune of your choice to improvise on (optional for jazz orchestra). We will also sight-read.
Drummers be ready to play various styles - i.e. swing, bossa, samba, afro, salsa, jazz waltz, etc.
Vocalists - please bring two contrasting tunes to sing on play-along CD if possible (you may also use an accompanist) - scatting a plus!