Jazz Institute of Chicago

Jazz Links Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Institute of Chicago, in partnership with Columbia College is proud to announce a new effort to provide young jazz students an important opportunity to improve their skills and expand their performance and learning experiences.   

The Jazz Links Youth Ensemble seeks talented jazz students in Chicago in grades 6-12 who have been playing for at least 2 years, are enthusiastic about playing jazz and have reached a certain level of proficiency on their instrument.

Auditions for the 2013-2014 school year will be held on October 5 and October 12 at Columbia College Chicago Music Center.

Conductors Mark Coulter, Madeleine Mollinedo and Carlos Ayento whose combined over 28 years of teaching experience in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will provide leadership and instruction for the ensemble.  

Rehearsals will take place on Saturdays at Columbia College Chicago Music Center from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. beginning in November 2013. Performance opportunities will be included in the program's schedule.

The Jazz Institute and its partner, Columbia College Chicago believes that the Jazz Links Youth Ensemble will provide important early exposure and incentive for young students to continue music studies.  

For questions, contact the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Education Department at 312-427-1676 x 4 or 312-427-1676 x 116 or email Mark Coulter at mscoulter@cps.edu

 
 
Audition dates:  October 5, 12 & 19

Time:  12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Auditions and rehearsal will be held at:

Columbia College Chicago Music Center
1014 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Program Begins: October 26, 2013
Program Ends: June 7, 2014

Rehearsal Dates 2013-2014
October 19, 26
November 9, 16, 23
January 11, 18, 25
February 1,8,15, 22
March 1, 8, 22, 29
April 12, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 31

Finale Concert - June 7, 2014
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Audition Requirements:

1. Prepare "Tenor Madness"

2. Be prepared to improvise

3. Sight Read

4. Scales- Concert Bb, Concert Eb, Concert Bb Chromatic, Concert Bb Blues

Auditions will be rated based on the following:

TONE QUALITY

  • RESONANCE, FOCUS, CONSISTENCY

INTONATION

  • ACCURACY OF PITCH

TECHNIQUE

  • ARTISTRY, FACILITY, CONTROL OF RANGES

PHRASING

  • ABILITY TO GROUP NOTES INTO DISTINCT STATEMENTS

SCALES

  • NOTE ACCURACY, EVENNESS

IMPROVISATION

  • MUSICIANSHIP, EXPRESSION, STYLE

RHYTHM

  • ACCURACY OF NOTE VALUES

SIGHT READING

  • NOTES, RHYTHM & ARTICULATION ACCURACY

SOLO
 

  • LEVEL OF PREPARATION & MUSICIANSHIP