Jazz Unlimited Scholarship Programs
The registration for auditions for the scholarship program is now closed. All slots are filled. Thanks!
Audition Guidelines and Requirements
Auditions will start at 1:00 p.m. On Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee, 11550 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Application deadline is March 10th, 2017.
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 award for jazz camp or individual training 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 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):
Body and Soul
Willow Weep for Me
Georgia on My Mind
Moonlight in Vermont
Rhythm Pieces Uptempo
Back Home in Indiana
Lullaby of Birdland
Green Dolphin Street
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Sweet Georgia Brown
Cheek to Cheek
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.
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Special offer for student jazz bassists and drummers who participate in the 2017 Jazz Unlimited Scholarship Program!
Renowned jazz educator and musician Jamey Aebersold is offering a $300 discount off the normal $595 fee for his week long summer workshop to interested student jazz bassists and drummers who compete in the Jazz Unlimited Scholarship auditions to be held March 19, 2017.
The Jamey Aebersold Summer Workshops are to be held July 2 through 7, and July 9 through 14, 2017 at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. Room/board and meals are extra and not included in the $595 fee. For more information visit http://www.summerjazzworkshops.com/
2016 Scholarship Winners
$1,000 Douglas M. and Eleanor M. Gmoser award – Alto saxophonist Alex Pavelic
$1,000 Chuck Hedges award – Guitarist Matthew Rotker-Lynn
$500 Jazz Unlimited awards to pianist Josh Catania, drummer Ben Piette, and trumpet player Travis Drow.
$500 Jazz Unlimited Vocalist award – Vocalist PJ Rivers
Finally, through the generosity of Deirdre Fellner, the following students were awarded special $250 scholarship awards: Alto saxophonist Gideon Adams and pianist Dan Van Zeeland.
Application Form – Application deadline is March 10, 2017.
- Download and Complete this Fill-in-the-Blank Application Form
- E-mail it to Steve Smith, or
- Print completed Form and mail it to:
Jazz Unlimited Scholarships
c/o Steve Smith, Scholarship Chair
4948 W. Vollmer Ave.
Greenfield, WI 53219-4551
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