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Contra Costa College School of Applied and Commercial Music invites talented performers to audition for the 2015/16 ensemble and applied lesson slots.  

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JAZZ-ology

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Jazz Singers

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August 15,16 & 22

JAZZ-ology:    Commercial Jazz Vocal Ensemble


The commercial level, jazz vocal ensemble, Jazz-ology will be holding auditions August 15, 16, & 22, 2016. 

This group focuses on challenging jazz vocal literature both published and commissioned.  The ensemble uses mature musicianship, jazz and vocal skills to polish and produce a commercially viable ensemble product.  Some particular areas of focus are ensemble texture, different jazz stylistic characteristics, commercial jazz vocal sounds, historical jazz vocal groups, vocal percussion, solo development, and expansion of the jazz vocal repertoire. 

The group performs for a variety of venues including 8-10 gigs between August and May.  Possible venues are the San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Cuesta Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, professional gigs, self-produced concerts and the Monterey Jazz Festival.  The group records with Bill Hare each year and produces a CD every other year, as funding permits.  Future plans include travel to other parts of the country, and the recruitment of studio work. 

Each Fall a 4-8 member group is selected based on the best, auditioned vocal mix.  Rehearsals are MT 4-6:45 at Contra Costa College.  Ensemble commitment would be for the school year, August through May.

It is fun and a joy to sing with a really good jazz vocal group.  There's nothing like it.  The rehearsals are challenging and engaging, and performing is exciting!  Each person can stretch musically and dig deep artistically.

This group partners exceptionally with the outstanding jazz solo voice class, taught by Professor Emeritus Roger Letson, and the jazz piano class, taught by Instructor Fred Randolph, here at Contra Costa.

 

Audition procedure and criterion:

 

Auditions are by invitation only.  If you feel that you would be a good fit, please contact Dr. Stephanie Austin at saustin@contracosta.edu in order to discuss your musical experience as well as to schedule an audition.

Audition format

August 8: 

  • ·      Audition literature is sent to candidates.

August 15: 

  • ·      Candidates should arrive with literature learned and ready to rehearse (4:00, M116/Choral Hall)
  • ·      Voices will be placed according to best balance and tone.
  • ·      Audition rehearsals will work timbre, blend, and style.
  • ·      Candidates should have already completed CCC admittance forms online and have been given password for registration.

August 16:

  • ·      Candidates should bring a jazz solo repertoire list.
  • ·      Candidates will interview with director.
  • ·      Continued audition rehearsal.

August 22:

  • ·      Performance of one solo jazz tune.  Chart in correct key for piano is required.  Improvisation is encouraged.
  • ·      Group audition on rehearsed literature.
  • ·      Sign late admittance forms for enrollment.

August 24:      

  • ·      Results posted via webpage and email.
  • ·      Selected vocalists should register immediately to precede the late add deadline.

August 29:      

  • ·      Rehearsal begins 4:00, M116/Choral Hall. 
  • ·      All members should be registered. 

       

      For specific audition materials and requirements, email:  saustin@contracosta.edu

       

       


      August 15,17, & 22

                               JazzaNova:   Advanced Student Vocal Jazz Ensemble

      This ensemble develops jazz vocal skills in jazz harmony, improvisation, stage presence, jazz styles, rhythmic feel, microphone technique, jazz vocal technique, marketing, administration and solo singing.

      The ensemble performs for a variety of venues including the Cuesta Jazz Festival, Columbia Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Reno Jazz Festival.  The group records with Bill Hare producing a CD every other year as funding permits.   

      Personnel is 4-6 singers depending on the vocal mix of auditioned talent.  Rehearsals are M 1-3:30 & MTWTh 8-9AM.  JazzaNova members sing in the Contra Costa Singers which rehearse W 1-3:30. Ensemble commitment is for the school year, August through May.

      This ensemble has transformed each member throughout the past years.  Ensemble members stretch their musical talents finding inner resources to create strong musicianship and professionalism.

      Recommended co-enrollment:  MUSIC 175 - Jazz Solo Voice & MUSIC 155 - Jazz and Popular Piano.

       

      Audition procedure and criterion:

      Audition personnel:

      • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass 

      Audition criterion:

      • Musicianship Skills including:  part learning and demonstration, intonation control, vocal tone

      Preferential criterion: 

      • Improvisation
      • Jazz Experience

      Audition Format

      Material will be presented during the audition rehearsals August 15 & 17.  Culminating audition is August 22.  Ensemble members will be evaluated on rehearsal ability, part security within the rehearsal, preparation, professionalism, ensemble team work skill, and vocal control.  

       

      For more information or questions about the ensemble email saustin@contracosta.edu after August 8.

       

       


      August 15, 17 & 22

                         Contra Costa Singers  Classical Vocal Ensemble


      This ensemble develops advanced-level musicianship skills necessary for university auditions and professional work in the Music Industry.  Rehearsals focus on international standard choral literature, sight reading, intervallic recognition and demonstration security, vocal technique, vocal control, ensemble skills, classical vocal styles, and rhythmic analysis and demonstration.

      The ensemble performs for concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout the year.  Personnel are Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, and is limited to 16-20 singers and is a Contra Costa music major required ensemble.  Rehearsals are MW 1-3:30 in M116.

      This ensemble is valuable to music majors, vocal and instrumental alike.  Skill demonstration crosses instrument boundaries.  Instrumentalists have found new levels of musicianship through attaining vocal control within their own bodies.  Vocalists have reached new artistic levels through intensive "instrumental" skill work.

       

      Audition Format:

      Material will be presented during the audition rehearsal August 15 & 17.  Culminating audition is August 22.  Ensemble members will be evaluated on rehearsal ability, part security within the rehearsal, preparation, professionalism, ensemble team work skill, and vocal control. 

         

         

        For more information or questions about the ensemble email saustin@contracosta.edu.

         


        August 15, 17, & 22

                              Jazz Singers  Beginning Vocal Jazz Ensemble

         

         

        This ensemble develops beginning-level musicianship skills necessary for university auditions and professional work in the Music Industry.  Rehearsals focus on beginning vocal jazz literature, sight reading, intervallic recognition and demonstration security, vocal technique, vocal control, ensemble skills, classical vocal styles, and rhythmic analysis and demonstration.

        The ensemble performs for concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout the year.  Personnel are Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, and is limited to 5-12 singers and is a Contra Costa music major required ensemble.  Rehearsals are MW 1-3:30 in M116.

        This ensemble is valuable to music majors, vocal and instrumental alike.  Skill demonstration crosses instrument boundaries.  Instrumentalists have found new levels of musicianship through attaining vocal control within their own bodies.  Vocalists have reached new artistic levels through intensive "instrumental" skill work.

         

        Audition Format:

        Material will be presented during the audition rehearsal August 15 & 17.  Culminating audition is August 22.  Ensemble members will be evaluated on rehearsal ability, part security within the rehearsal, preparation, professionalism, ensemble team work skill, and vocal control. 

         

         

        For more information or questions about the ensemble email saustin@contracosta.edu.

         


        August 15-18

                                      Applied Piano or Voice Lessons

         

        Declared Music Majors, whose instrument skill level is deemed ready for intensive study, are given priority for applied lessons.  Students should be enrolled in Contra Costa Singers (the Music Major ensemble) and Theory.  Exceptions are made for students who have already completed Theory.

         

        Lessons are generally scheduled on Tuesdays.  Students perform for Music Major masterclasses every other week (according to semester schedule) and for a Faculty jury at semester's end.  Repertoire consisting of five major works is chosen collaboratively with the instructor before the semester's beginning.

         

        Lesson focus is on performance, style, technique, audition preparation.  Each semester students should schedule an advising appointment, where career goals and transfer strategies are discussed.

         

        Interested students should contact Dr. Stephanie Austin (saustin@contracosta.edu) or Jennifer Griest (jenmar@gmail.com) before the semester begins in order to schedule an interview and audition.  Lesson times are scheduled during the preceding semester, and may be full by semester's beginning.  However, qualified students will be added to a waiting list.