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Roots, Jazz, and American Music
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We’re all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it’s still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you’ve come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can’t wait to hear you.
Audition Requirements: Roots, Jazz, and American Music
Acceptance into the RJAM program at SFCM requires pre-screening. Finalists will be invited to a live audition at SFCM. Requirements listed below apply to both Bachelor of Music and Professional Studies Diploma applicants.
Applicants must submit a pre-screening recording with their application by December 1. We strongly recommend that the recording be audiovisual, but we will also accept audio-only recordings.
Each of these four selections should not exceed six minutes, and the total media submitted should not exceed 30 minutes.
- A medium-tempo blues
- An up-tempo jazz standard
- A Latin, rock, or funk tune
- A ballad
Applicants invited to a live audition at SFCM should prepare all of the following selections in the indicated key on their instrument. Auditionees will be assigned to a group on the day of the audition, and have warm-up time together prior to the final audition.
- There Will Never Be Another You (Eb)
- Misty (Eb)
- On Green Dolphin St. (C)
- Now's the Time (F)
- The Girl From Ipanema (F)
Voice applicants should bring lead-sheets for three standards (5 copies in the correct key for each standard) and a ballad lead-sheet (1 copy) to be performed with accompaniment.
Audition Dates at SFCM