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Boise State Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies at Boise State University includes the Boise State Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, private lessons in improvisation and rhythm section instruments, and courses in Jazz Improvisation and Jazz History. The Concert Jazz Band, one of Boise State’s most visible musical groups on campus, performs numerous concerts both on and off campus and throughout the Northwest. Jazz Studies also includes the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, a major two-day event that brings together internationally acclaimed guest artists with students and community members across the Treasure Valley.

Jazz Orchestra Auditions

  • Placement auditions will happen in the first week of Fall semester
  • There will be a number of $300 scholarships available on a merit basis!
  • *Optional* requirements to be considered for a jazz scholarship, prepare one or more of the following:
    • Improvised Music: play a jazz standard; the head and one or more choruses of improvisation
      • This may be unaccompanied or with a pre-recorded track. (please bring a 3.5mm headphone jack equipped device)
      • Demonstrate time, style, phrasing, vocabulary, and harmonic understanding
    • Lead Trumpet/Trombone/Alto: play the shout chorus of any swung jazz ensemble piece by yourself
      • Demonstrate time, style, range, articulation, accuracy, and aesthetic understanding
    • Bass Trombone/Tuba: the bass trombone shout chorus of any swung jazz ensemble piece by yourself
      • Demonstrate time, style, range, articulation, accuracy, and aesthetic understanding
    • Rhythm Section: play a jazz standard; the head and one or more choruses of improvisation
      • Demonstrate harmonic understanding, time, rhythm, and aesthetic.
  • Candidates with questions or wishing to request suggestions for jazz audition material are encouraged to contact Dr. Ganong: derekganong@boisestate.edu