OAKLAND JAZZ CHOIR AUDITION
Looking for an ALTO and a SOPRANO
Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501
Corner of Harrison St. and 27th St. (Parking in the rear)
About the Oakland Jazz Choir
The Oakland Jazz Choir is a highly committed, select performing group
of 14 singers led by Artistic Director Sandra Peter. OJC sings
traditional and contemporary jazz with original arrangements. We have
performed at Yoshis, SF Jazz Festival, Great American Music Hall,
Bach Dynamite and Dancing Society, San Jose Jazz Festival, and the
IAJE Convention in Long Beach.
If you are interested
� Call or email in advance
� Check out our website: www.oaklandjazzchoir.com
Part I: Individuals must pass an initial interview w/ the Director
before being provided audition material. Director will listen for
pitch, tone, range, ability to hear and sing back melodic lines and
rhythms, and will also review choir needs and expectations.
Part II: If you pass Part I you will be provided with sheet music and
a CD for learning your part to an excerpt of one of our tunes, and
scheduled a time to return in 1-2wks. Also prepare a jazz solo piece
to perform; (we would like you to try a corresponding scat over the
changes). Please bring sheet music in your proper key.
What we are looking for:
Excellent pitch, tone/intonation, rhythm
Strong feel for syncopation
Solid ability to hold harmony part against 3-5 other parts without
help from your section
Ability to blend vocally with others (singing and listening at the
Vocal ensemble experience
Sight-reading/music-reading is helpful.
Team-focused attitude and a love for jazz
Commit to weekly rehearsals (7:00 -10 pm) on Wednesday nights,
private practice on your own, occasional sectional or special
rehearsals, make time for gigs.
OJC Basic Requirements
STRONG Part Singing � Individuals must have the ability to hold their
part against other parts without the buffer or assistance of fellow
section members. Jazz chords incorporate tight, dissonant harmonies
coupled w/ complex rhythms, which must be retained as though you were
singing in a quartet - you won�t always be standing next to your
part, and you are individually mic�d � excellent Pitch, Tone, Rhythm
and Blend are paramount.
1 Tune a Week � during the first few months, expect to be tested on 4
tunes a month on average, with music in hand (you may be tested every
other week or so depending on rehearsal requirements). This does NOT
mean it needs to be memorized this quickly, just know the music
(notes, dynamics, cutoffs, etc).
Independent Learning � members are responsible to notate their music
(always have a pencil) at rehearsals, and to review and memorize
between rehearsals. If you miss a rehearsal, it is your
responsibility to contact a fellow section member or the section
leader to learn what you missed.
Recorder � this is especially helpful for those who do not read and
have no keyboard to work with at home. You will want this for your
own part, and to hear how your part fits into the chords/progressions.
Accept Critiquing � choral sound is only as good as its individual
contributions. Rehearsals are spent not only fine-tuning the
ensemble, but narrowing in on the fundamental make-up of that group
sound � individual technique and skill. Be prepared to learn!
Bring a Music stand and Pencil to rehearsals.
Dues � $30 - $50/month sliding scale
Members must read and adhere to the Membership Agreement regarding
Preparedness and Attendance (see full Agreement for complete
description of member expectations). Note* Although absences are
unavoidable at times, members are limited to 2 �excused� absences per
quarter (no unexcused absences). Beyond that, performing at gigs and
continued participation is at the discretion of the Director.
Play well with others :o) - OJC is a Fun, Dynamic, Mature group of
folks who love to get together and blend, while still maintaining the
individual�s unique contributions to the group! Blending is
important to our sound as well as our interaction with one another
and our audience. We love a good solo, but being a �jazz choir� is
our primary goal, and a soloist�s greatest support.
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