auditions

Criteria

New Local Student Applicants must be:

  • between the ages of 10 to 21 years old
  • actively involved in a music education program through school or private instructions
  • studied music and primary instrument for a minimum of 2 years or demonstrate ability at this level
  • Complete and pass an on-site audition

New Out-of-State Applicants:

  • between the ages of 10 to 21 years old
  • actively involved in a music education program through school or private instructions
  • studied music and primary instrument for a minimum of 2 years or demonstrate ability at this level
  • submit a letter of request, a completed application, an audio CD of a solo performance
  • submit a letter of recommendation from his/her music teacher
  • submit a letter of recommendation from his/her parents

Out-of-state students must meet the aforementioned criteria if they are residing with a relative or friend in New Orleans. Otherwise, Out-of-state students applying to Jazz Camp for housing at Loyola University New Orleans must be between 15 and 21 years old.

Jazz Camp teachers will evaluate all materials and make a decision based on the applicant’s ability and quality of the DVD/CD/YouTube performance. The applicant’s level of commitment and interest in enrolling in camp along with the letters of recommendations are also considered.

Materials may be submitted via email to jazzcamp@louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com or via Dropbox or a program that supports these materials. Students may also provide a link to a performance on YouTube.

Materials may also be sent via US Postal but must be received by Friday, May 4, 2018.  Mail to:

Jackie Harris
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz Camp
1180 Raymond Boulevard, Suite 23C
Newark, New Jersey  07102

The applicant will be notified via the email address of the parent, guardian or student.

Auditions

Returning Local and Out-of-State Students do not have to audition but must meet all registration deadlines.

Jazz Camp on-site auditions will be held by appointment only during the following sessions:

Session 1:  Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:00AM -1:00PM
Session 2:  Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12:00N – 3:00PM

Call (504) 715-9295 to schedule your audition or request via email at louisarmstrongsummerjazzcamp@gmail.com.

Jazz camp students must have received instruction in either school or private lessons on their primary instrument to qualify for Jazz Camp. The primary instrument is the instrument selected and passed when auditioning. Only students who have attended the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp a minimum of two years can elect to change his/her primary instrument. The student must have a minimum of one year experience studying that instrument and must pass an audition on the new instrument.

Equipment

  • Students should own and bring their own instruments to the auditions.
  • Electric bassists and guitarists must bring their instruments and cables.
  • A keyboard will be provided for pianists.
  • A drum kit will be provided, however, drummers must bring their own sticks.

Beginners

  • Instruction in either school or private lessons is required to participate in Jazz Camp.
  • Student will be asked to perform alone and/or with the instructor.

Advanced

More advanced students should be prepared to:

  • Perform a song (preferably a jazz standard) that demonstrates their full range of ability
  • Demonstrate an ability to improvise over a blues form
  • Play chromatic scales
  • Sight-read an unfamiliar composition
  • Pianists and Bassists should demonstrate a fundamental ability to read chord changes
  • Drummers, demonstrate an ability to play “straight-ahead jazz time” (swing and shuffle beats) at different tempos.