Auditions for Sac State Vocal Jazz groups will be held throughout the summer until the beginning of the fall semester. Sign-ups and information can be obtained by contacting Gaw Vang (below). Auditions will consist of the following:
  • Performance of a prepared song, preferably a jazz standard. Examples; "Summertime," "Autumn Leaves," "Route 66," and "My Funny Valentine" etc. You can also audition with a pop song. Please have the sheet music and/or lead sheet available at your audition. Improvisation is not required in your audition, but it never hurts to try.
  • Ear training exercises. You will hear a melodic line of three or four pitches on the piano, and you will be asked to sing them back. You will hear a chord with 3-4 notes and in no particular order will be asked to sing each individual note within that chord. You'll be given a starting pitch and asked to sing notes that are certain intervals away (up a 5th, down a minor 3rd, etc.).
  • Range testing. You'll be asked to sing major and/or minor triads from starting pitches, and your comfortable and usable voice range will be determined.
  • Quick sight-reading and part learning: You will be given a short, one-page section of a vocal jazz ensemble tune, and you'll be asked to sight-read your part along with a recording of the song. Then we will work with you on the part briefly and give you another chance to read the line with the recording. Be prepared to stay focused, relaxed, and to demonstrate your flexibility and quick-learning skills, while watching your intonation and blend as well.
Gaw Vang Williams, Vocal Jazz Director
Sacramento State Department of Music
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6015
For more information, please email, write or call:
Sacramento State School of Music
ATTN: Mark Allen, Music Admissions Counselor
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6015
(916) 278-6543