Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble

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The Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble is open to serious musicians ages 11-18 by audition only. The RYJE performs in small and large-group settings on and off campus. Participants are challenged to grow in new directions during rehearsals that incorporate ear training, jazz theory, and advanced concepts in jazz improvisation.


 SCHEDULE AND FEES

Semester Dates: November 20, 2018 – April 30, 2019
Tuition: $770
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Meeting Dates*: 11/20,11/27,12/4,12/11,12/18,1/15,1/22,1/29,2/5,2/12,2/19,2/26,3/5,3/12, 3/19,3/26,4/2,4/9, 4/16,4/30
Skip Dates: 12/25, 1/1, 4/23
Makeup Dates: Skip dates may be used as makeup dates, facilities permitting.
Rehearsal location: Music Annex Building 002, Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus of Rutgers University
Concerts: 
Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 27, 2019, time & location TBD
The end-of-session concert, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., Shindell Choral Hall.
*Subject to change.

REGISTRATION

Continuing students in the Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble are invited to re-register without audition. Registration online is found here.
All newcomers to the ensemble should audition via video, or in-person prior to registering (the free workshop/audition opportunity immediately below is the only scheduled opportunity for potential students to audition in-person).  Please complete the online form found here if you are new to the RYJE and wish to join this year.
Questions?  extdiv.office@mgsa.rutgers.edu, 848-932-8618

 

AUDITIONS

A video recording of repertoire shared via YouTube or another video host is required. The repertoire for each instrument is listed below.
Audition & Registration Procedure
  1. Any questions regarding the audition procedure, contact RYJE director David Miller.
  2. Please upload your audition video here. 
  3. Notice of acceptance or non-acceptance will be provided by email.
  4. Accepted students register online HERE.

Audition requirements

Brass/Woodwinds
  • Solo work of choice (jazz preferred)
  • Sight Reading
  • Major & Chromatic Scales
  • Improvisation over a B-Flat Blues
Piano/Guitar/Bass 
  • Solo work of choice (jazz preferred)
  • Sight Reading
  • Major and Chromatic Scales
  • Bass may be asked to create a bassline from chord changes
  • Piano/Guitar will be asked to read chord changes
Drums/Percussion
  • Solo work of choice (jazz preferred)
  • Sight Reading
  • Drummers will be asked to play swing, Latin rhythms, and solo fills.

 

 

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