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IMPORTANT NOTICE
Fall 2015 Term: The university application deadline for Fall 2015 admission is November 30, 2014. Primary auditions for the Department of Music will be held in December, February, and May.

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VOCAL JAZZ AUDITIONS

Contact:
Gaw Vang, Director of Vocal Jazz
email: gawvang@gmail.com
916-842-0346


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 (above). Auditions will consist of the following:

  1. 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. If you have questions about this requirement, feel free to email Gaw and she will help guide you. Improvisation is not required in your audition, but it never hurts to try.

  2. 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.).

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Gaw 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.

Program Requirements
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music
Minor in Music
Graduate Studies

Forms
Add/Drop Classes
Audition Application
Advising Worksheet
Course Substitution
Degree Recital Packet
Graduation Petition
Jury Form
(Instrumental)
Jury Form (Vocal)
Special Problems
Voice Handbook
University Information
Sac State Admissions
 
For more information, please write or call:
Sacramento State Department of Music
ATTN: Mark Allen, Music Admissions Counselor
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6015
(916) 278-6543
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