Fall 2019

REGISTRATION - Please do not register for Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE) or Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble (JVRE) until auditions have been completed and membership determined.

ABOUT THE GROUPS. All Ithaca College students regardless of major are eligible to audition for placement into one of the Jazz Vocal Ensembles. Please note that everyone who is interested (even those who have previously been in the group) must audition each year.

Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE) will be limited to 14-18 select singers and specialize primarily in advanced repertoire (levels IV-VI). Rehearsals occur TR 6:05–7:55pm for a total of 4 hours per week. Attendance at every rehearsal is expected.

Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble (JVRE) will focus on more foundational jazz choir repertoire (levels I-IV, higher as appropriate) and be open to any student who can qualify by audition. Membership is flexible, not limited to a set number. Rehearsals occur MW 6:00–6:50 for a total of 2 hours per week. Attendance at every rehearsal is expected.

The Ithaca College Jazz Vocal Ensembles are looking for singers! Auditions for both ensembles will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 28–30 in Whalen #3202 (Dr. White’s studio). 10-minute audition slots will begin at 6:00 PM (Wednesday, Thursday) or 12:00 PM (Friday).  (Additional times MAY become available at the discretion of the Director.)

► FIRST, all students wishing to audition should sign up online via the School of Music Ensemble sigh-up page.

► SECOND, to obtain the required audition materials and other information about the audition process, read carefully the page below and download the appropriate documents. Please contact Dr. White if you have any additional questions about what is required or any other aspect about the two ensembles.

► AT THE AUDITION. The audition will last no longer than 10 minutes. Please be warmed up & ready 10 minutes before your audition time. There will be an "audition interview" sheet for you to fill out BEFORE your audition time. You should be prepared to do the following at the audition:

1. Sing a song of your choosing that you know well (a jazz standard preferred but not required). PLEASE bring music for your song! Prof. White will accompany you on the piano, or you may accompany yourself, or bring an accompanist. If you have nothing to sing, be prepared to sing "America, the Beautiful" and experiment with different styles (e.g., swing, bossa, etc.). If you have trouble choosing a song, below find three suggestions (PDF lead sheets) from which you may choose (see also DOCUMENTS on the left margin of this page).

"Almost Like Being in Love" by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe
"Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin
"Time After Time" by Sammy Kahn and Jule Styne;

2. Sing a one octave chromatic scale up & down, starting note of your choice. Use of solfege is highly encouraged
(but not necessary).

3. Sing a few call-and response patterns (actually, call-and-repeat or call-and mimic) with Prof. White.

4. Using the voice part of your choice (for which you're auditioning), sing the assigned To-Prepare excerpts according to the group for which you are auditioning (see list, below). NOTE the following conditions:
a. to be considered for JVE, you must prepare both the specified excerpts;
b. choosing the JVE examples automatically qualifies you for JVRE placement if you don’t successfully
pass into JVE;
c. if you wish to audition for JVRE only, prepare one of the required excerpts (which, by design, are not as difficult
as the JVE excerpts). You may prepare both if you desire.
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For Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE), prepare both of these excerpts. Be prepared to sing with and without accompaniment (you'll be given the starting pitch). Copies of the music may be found below (link) and in the "Documents" folder (left hand margin).

JVE excerpt #1: "Kindred Souls," letter F to H.

JVE excerpt #2: "Giant Steps," letter B and C, and as much of letter E as you can.

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For Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble (JVRE), prepare one of the two excerpts (or both if desired). Be prepared to sing with and without accompaniment (you'll be given the starting pitch). Copies of the music may be found below (link) and in the "Documents" folder (left hand margin).

JVRE excerpt #1: "Moondance,” letters C and D.

JVRE excerpt #2: "Fields of Gold,” measures 21–36

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5. SIGHT READING---read this carefully!
a. No more than one hour prior to your audition, outside of Whalen 3202 (Prof. White’s studio) pick up the
"sight reading" excerpt.
b. You will have at most one hour to prepare YOUR chosen voice part. Prepare as much of the excerpt as you
can in the time allotted, giving precedence to quality of preparation (that is, mastery) rather than quantity
of preparation (that is, number of measures). If you don't master the entire excerpt (which is fine), you may
be asked to sightread the portion not mastered.
c. PURPOSE: this component helps me gauge your ability to learn new music in a short time span—how
much and to what extent. Literally, I'm discerning what can you master given one hour's worth of lead time.
This dimension of musicianship is important given how much material has to be learned or refined prior to
a performance. Most of the time, you'll have many days between rehearsals to master the music. At other
times, you'll need to master music very quickly, especially during the actual rehearsal.
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► RESULTS. Membership (audition results) will be posted by Saturday noon, August 31, outside Dr. White's studio. A copy will also be posted outside the office of Dr. Janet Galvan, Director of Choral Studies. You may also contact Dr. White directly at jwhite@ithaca.edu to obtain audition results

Rhythm section players interested in playing in the group should discuss their interest with Dr. John White (jwhite@ithaca.edu) and Jazz Studies Directors Michael Titlebaum (mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu) and Greg Evans (gevans@ithaca.edu).

If Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE) is not their not the required major ensemble, a music major may register for 0.0, 0.5 or 1.0 credit, which would count toward music electives. For either JVE or Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble (JVRE), non-Music majors may take the ensemble for the same amount and it would count as liberal arts credit. Jazz-studies-and-vocal-majors may use Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JVE) as the major ensemble (in which case, registration would be for 1.0 credit).

If you have questions please email me at jwhite@ithaca.edu.
I look forward to hearing (from) you!
Dr. John White