Auditions

Audition Process

1. Audition to get into Las Vegas Academy of the Arts with a major in World Jazz Studies

2. Audition to get into an LVA Jazz big band once you have been accepted to LVA

3. Audition to get into a combo once you have been accepted to LVA (with approval from Mr. Bowen)

Audition to get into Las Vegas Academy of the Arts with a major in World Jazz Studies

CLICK HERE to fill out a CCSD Magnet School Application and to schedule your audition for World Jazz Studies. Auditions take place in January. If there are still seats available after the January auditions, there will be late auditions in April.

Audition Requirements:

  1. Sight-reading for all students
  2. Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Bass, and Piano: a) All twelve of the major scales memorized at a tempo of quarter note equals 144 beats per minute b) Play a chromatic scale at a tempo of quarter note equals 120 beats per minute in an 8th note triplet fashion c) Perform a standard jazz piece and solo over two choruses of changes OR use the optional LVA Jazz Audition d) Perform a jazz transcription of a major performer with the head and two choruses of solos
  3. Drummers: a) Demonstrate various Latin, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban styles b) Trade fours and demonstrate a knowledge of brushes

Audition to get into an LVA Jazz big band once you have been accepted to LVA

Auditions for big band placement takes place during our 3-day Jazz Camp in August, typically 2-3 weeks before school begins. Jazz Camp is MANDATORY for all newly enrolled and returning Jazz majors and minors. Those interested in our Elective Jazz Band (for non-majors and minors) are welcome to attend Jazz Camp, but it is not mandatory. Please check the calendar for dates.

Audition Requirements:

  1. Sight-reading for all students
  2. Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Bass, and Piano: a) Scales memorized: D, C, G, B Flat, or A Dorian (1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 8 9), ascending (Staccato) and descending (Slurred) in eighth notes at 120 beats per minute b) Improvisation: Play through the melody once, then improvise two choruses. Piano and Guitar: Play the head, comp second chorus, then improvise third chorus c) Solo Transcription
  3. Drummers: a) Demonstrate various styles and tempos b) Solo Transcription

Audition materials will be available on CHARMS before the end of the school year. Contact Dr. Mirman if you need the School Code or to reset your password.

Audition to get into a Jazz Combo once you have been accepted to LVA (with approval from Mr. Bowen)

Advanced Instrumental Studies is an elective course at LVA for jazz combos. Students do not audition for a jazz combo unless they plan on taking this elective course and have received approval to audition from Mr. Bowen. The first round of auditions for Jazz Combos takes place in May.

Audition Requirements:

  • Mr. Bowen will announce a list of Jazz Standards that may be called at the May auditions

If you pass the first round of auditions in May, you will be enrolled in the Advanced Instrumental Studies class and placed in a combo for the following school year. Auditions for combo placement will take place on the first day of Jazz Camp.