JU Scholarship Audition Guidelines and Requirements

Auditions will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at Cascio Interstate Music 13819 W National Ave, New Berlin, WI. Application deadline is March 9th, 2018. Application form can be downloaded here.

One - $1000 Douglas M. and Eleanor M. Gmoser award for best reed player.
One - $1000 Chuck Hedges award
Three - $500 awards for jazz camps for best instrumentalists
One - $500 Floyd Dorsey Vocalist award for best jazz vocalist
Two - $250 Deirdre Fellner West End Conservatory Scholarships for 14 and 15 year old jazz students

Audition Information/Times – All applicants will be notified of their audition time at least several days prior to the auditions. The applicant should arrange for their own recorded or live solo accompanist. We will furnish a CD player and the capability to play digital recordings.

Instrumental applicants should select a ballad and an up tempo or Latin rhythm piece to play. The judges look for applicant's ability to present the melody and improvise one or more of the choruses. Applicant should also play several choruses of Ellington's “C Jam Blues” in the key of their choice.

Vocalist applicants should be prepared to choose two out or three choices of ballad, uptempo or Latin song selections. They should be prepared to sing no more than two choruses of their selections.

Musical Aptitude – The applicant should have demonstrated an above average ability to play their instrument or to sing jazz vocals at their grade or age level as well as have a particular interest in jazz music. Optional: letter of recommendation.

While it is your choice as to the selections you play, the following pieces are suggestions (call or email with any questions you have about selections):


Stardust Willow
Weep for Me
Body and Soul
Georgia on My Mind
My Romance
Embraceable You
That's All
Moonlight in Vermont
Sweet Georgia Brown

Rhythm Pieces Uptempo

Back Home in Indiana
Lullaby of
Cheek to Cheek
Green Dolphin Street Perdido
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Lady Be Good

Drummers: Should demonstrate the ability to play brushes and sticks in different rhythms, such as Latin and Jazz. Drummers will need to set up and use their own kit. Please contact me in advance for details about setting up.

Trade Fours: The applicant will be asked to “trade fours” on “C Jam Blues”; that is, play improvised four-bar phrases on the blues alternately with other musicians or with a pianist provided by the judges.

Application Forms

Application form can be downloaded here.

Email forms and/or questions to: . smithwords@sbcglobal.netor regular mail to: Steve Smith, Scholarship Chair, 4948 W. Vollmer Ave., Greenfield, WI 53219.