2016-17 Jazz Links Jazz Ambassadors Auditions

October 01 - 08, 2016 - 12:00 am - 12:30 pm


Auditions for the 2016-17 Jazz Ambassadors will be held on October 1st and October 8th, and will take place at the Columbia College Music Center (1014 S. Michigan Ave, Room 411) from 12:30-3:30. Interested students (grades 7-12) must complete an application before they can select an audition time. All Chicago-area student musicians in grades 7-12 are invited to audition.  Audition requirements include a prepared excerpt, melody and improvisation over a 12-bar concert F blues, sight reading, and scales. Please see the Audition Directions below for more detailed information.


 Application/Audition Sign-Up


Click below to download 2016-17 audition materials:

Audition Directions for ALL INSTRUMENTS


Prepared Excerpt for Alto Saxophone

Prepared Excerpt for Tenor Saxophone 

Prepared Excerpt for Bari Saxophone

Prepared Excerpt for Trumpet

Prepared Excerpt for Trombone

Prepared Excerpt for Bass Trombone

Prepared Excerpt for Guitar #1

Prepared Excerpt for Guitar #2

Prepared Excerpt for Piano

Prepared Excerpt for Bass

Prepared Excerpt for Drums


Billie’s Bounce (Concert Pitch)

Billie’s Bounce (Bb)

Billie’s Bounce (Eb)

Billie’s Bounce (Bass Clef)


Auditions will be rated based on tone quality, intonation, technique, phrasing, scales, improvisation, rhythm, sight-reading, and preparation.  Amps, drums, and piano will be provided on audition days.


Additional opportunities


Jazz Ambassadors also have the opportunity to participate in the Jazz Links Student Council program, which meets once a month during the second half of rehearsal. Council members will learn about music business, professionalism, and the qualities of a successful leader in the music world.  Student Council meetings include a pizza party for students.


Program tuition and fees


The Jazz Institute of Chicago is proud to present all of our Jazz Ambassadors with a full tuition waiver to participate in the program.  This means it is absolutely FREE for students to join!




Jazz Ambassadors meet Saturday afternoons October through May from 12:30-3:30pm at Columbia College’s Music Building (1014 S Michigan Avenue).



Mark Coulter, co-director

Michael Nearpass, co-director

John Foster, co-director

Katie Ernst, Jazz Links Student Council Coordinator/rhythm sectional coach

Diane Chandler-Marshall, Education programs director


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