The Jazz Studies curriculum prepares students for a life in music. Graduates hold positions in all aspects of the music industry, including performing in the nation’s top professional military ensembles, composing and arranging for the industry’s leading artists, touring internationally, and serving as leading pedagogues in music education.
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A special component of the UNF Jazz Studies Program is the Great American Jazz Series, which regularly brings in stellar jazz artists as residents. This series, along with other opportunities, has enabled Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2 to perform in concert with more than 100 esteemed artists, such as Herbie Hancock, The Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Louie Bellson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Doc Severinsen, among others. For a complete list from 1989 to present, click here.
Sight-reading is required for live auditions
only. Students submitting a taped audition should
include a performance as a part of a jazz ensemble, either big band or combo
(preferably both). The faculty reserves the right to decline any
application if the auditionee is not prepared in the specified
Bass, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet and Voice
jazz guitar applicants are required to submit a video recording for
prescreening purposes in order to receive an invitation to a live audition in
Jacksonville. The recording must include all of the repertoire as listed below.
Recordings may be mailed or uploaded to DropBox or an equivalent cloud sharing
platform. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio
recording, but the sound quality must be good quality. Repertoire for
the prescreening recording must demonstrate the ability to improvise and play
with a rhythm section, using a live band or play-along recording.
Applicants who pass the prescreening portion of the audition will be
invited for a live audition in Jacksonville. All auditions are approximately 10
minutes in length. Each applicant chooses his/her first work, and the faculty
will choose a second and possibly third work from the audition repertoire list
provided by the applicant. In addition to the audition tune list that
applicants will submit to the panel (three tunes for undergraduates, ten tunes
for graduates), all applicants must bring an additional typed list of their
entire jazz repertoire to the panel (one copy is sufficient). Rhythm section and amplifiers will be provided. Applicants must provide music for the rhythm section. Play-along recordings are not acceptable for a live audition. The requirements are as follows:
"To have that many great musicians come from one place is truly astounding . . . They are deeply soulful and committed to making the highest quality of music . . . It must be something in the water down there."—Wynton Marsalis
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