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Nick soloing on sax at jazz night.Big Bands, Combos and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Auditions for Fall 2020 

Jazz Bands, Combos and Vocal Jazz Ensembles will begin Fall term exclusively online. Should Covid-19 conditions permit, some limited in-person rehearsing may occur later in the quarter. If conditions do not permit, all ensembles will remain online throughout Fall term. Information pertaining to how these jazz ensembles will meet, rehearse and perform, and how auditions will be conducted is contained in the PDF documents below. Click on the links to view and download the information. Note that additional links are contained in the PDFs to music and recordings required for auditions.

  • CWU Jazz Band Audition Results Fall 2020

    Stats: 38 students auditioned

    • 10 altos, 3 tenors, 2 baris, 10 trumpets, 5 bones, 2 pianos, 1 bass, 5 drums 
    • Everyone figured out how to record and submitted well-recorded and mixed files
    • The results were all very close, excellent efforts by all who auditioned

    Next steps

    • Get enrolled in the correct section, make sure you can “see” your Canvas section
    • Attend the intro meetings on Zoom (look for an email invite)

    Jazz Band 1

    directed by Chris Bruya
    Multi-track audio/video recording project

    Enroll in MUS232.001 or MUS432.001 before the deadline (Tuesday midnight)

    Saxes

    • Brad Bjorn (lead)
    • Shaina Ellis
    • Henry Fernstrom
    • Joe Walrath
    • Noah Pettibon

    Trumpets

    • Joe Neri (lead)
    • Jacob Sanders (jazz)
    • Jacob Batchelder (jazz)
    • Nathan Fisher (jazz)
    • Matthew Nguyen

    Bones

    • Mya Wagner (lead)
    • Josh Gentile (jazz)
    • Jacob Mason
    • Logan Borchard (bass trombone)

    Rhythm

    • Cade O’Haver (piano)
    • Brea Pierce (bass)
    • Aaron Tuchardt (drums/perc)
    • Zack Mautz (drums/perc)

    Jazz Band 2

    directed by Chris Bruya
    assisted by Moe Weisner
    Big Band concepts and multi-track audio recording project

    Enroll in MUS232.002 or MUS432.002 before the deadline (Tuesday midnight)

    Saxes 

    • Chloe Pierce
    • Max Cannon
    • Mike Roach
    • Gabe Bradley
    • Sunny Lee
    • Carter Little
    • Melissa Jones
    • Maria Mann
    • Eli Gomez
    • Ashlyn Smith

    Trumpets

    • Corban Epp
    • Logan Cook
    • Dylan Thompson
    • Devon Brown
    • Joey Saunders

    Bones

    • Zarafina Garcia
    • Parker Twelves

    Rhythm

    • Eli Sheldon (piano)
    • Moe Weisner (bass)
    • Cassie Jennings (drums/perc)
    • Colton Decarteret (drums/perc)
    • Hannah Lee (drums/perc)
  • CWU Combo Audition Results Fall 2020

    Stats: 17 students auditioned

    • 2 voice, 3 sax, 1 trumpet, 1 bone, 3 piano, 5 bass, 2 drums
    • Everyone figured out how to record and submitted well-recorded and mixed files
    • The results were all very close, excellent efforts by all who auditioned

    Next steps

    • Get enrolled in the correct section, make sure you can “see” your Canvas section
    • Attend the intro meetings on Zoom (look for an email invite)

    At this point, Prof. Bruya, Prof. Singh and Moe Weisner (jazz TA, bass player) will be coaches, but that could change in the next few days, so no coaches are currently assigned to these groups. More info soon!

    Orange combo

    Multi-track audio recording project

    Enroll in MUS218.001 or MUS418.001 before the deadline (Tuesday midnight)

    • Nathan Fisher (trpt)
    • Noah Pettibon (sax)
    • Cade O’Haver (piano)
    • Nate Sharp (bass)
    • Zack Mautz (drums)

    Yellow combo

    Multi-track audio recording project

    Enroll in MUS218.001 or MUS418.001 before the deadline (Tuesday midnight)

    • Joe Walrath (sax)
    • Max Cannon (sax)
    • Josh Gentile (trombone)
    • Eli Sheldon (piano)
    • Gavin Wilson (bass)
    • Aaron Tuchardt (drums)

    Green combo

    Multi-track audio recording project

    Enroll in MUS218.001 or MUS418.001 before the deadline (Tuesday midnight)

    • Luke Echeverria (voice)
    • Alison Banchero (voice)
    • Edgar Higgins (piano)
    • Brayden Gordon (bass)

    Bass Duo

    Multi-track audio recording project and bass coaching by Moe Weisner

    Enroll in MUS218.001 or MUS418.001 before the deadline (Tuesday midnight)

    • Reid Whitecotton
    • Ian Walden
       

Vocal Jazz Auditions

CWU has two Vocal Jazz groups, VJ1 and VJ2 that must be auditioned for. Please sign up for an audition time on professors Singh's door, room 121 at the start of Fall quarter. Audition details can be found below.

  • Vocal Jazz Singers Audition Details

    Schedule to be announced

    Vocal Jazz Auditions will contain:

    • Vocalizing – test range, vocal flexibility, technique, “chops”
    • Ear Training – outline Major/minor triads, augmented, diminished, whole tone & chromatic scales, intervals.
    • Sight Reading – you will be given a piece to sight read on the spot. I may ask you to sight read different parts (S,A,T,B) - you will get about 15 seconds to prepare, then sight sing the best you can
    • Vocal Jazz / Jazz Solo – pick a jazz tune that you can sing in jazz style (swing, bebop, ballad, etc.); Examples – something from a fake book, jazz standard, etc. no pop tunes, art songs, or arias please! Bring the lead sheet with you to the audition, preferably transposed if needed, you may bring your own accompanist if preferred.
    • Prepared excerpts from pieces, learn and sing your voice part accurately in style.
    • I am listening for your technical skills, looking for your entertainment skills as a performer, and seeking your character & commitment……..good luck!