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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, as well as a live audition. Finalists will be invited to audition at SFCM.
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.
Below are the items you will need for your application. Each track time should not exceed six minutes, and the total media submitted should not exceed 30 minutes. Submissions must include the following:
- A medium-tempo blues
- An up-tempo jazz standard
- A Latin, rock, or funk tune
- A ballad
You will be contacted if you are chosen as a finalist for the RJAM program.
Applicants invited to a live audition at SFCM should prepare their pre-screen repertoire and other jazz standards in multiple keys. Auditionees will be assigned to a group on the day of the audition, and have warm-up time together prior to the final audition.
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
- January 26-27
- February 16-17