How to Join the Orchestra

JAO AUDITION AND PARTICIPATION INFORMATION
Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring, MD

The Jazz Academy, under the direction of renowned Jazz Saxophonist Paul Carr, holds auditions each semester for its Jazz Orchestra (JAO). To be eligible musicians must have at least 2 years of formal music training and are in 7th-12th grades. The Orchestras will perform 2-3 times each semester at various venues around the Washington Metropolitan area.

Participation Requirements

Rehearsal Location Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Rehearsal Frequency Bi-Weekly — 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Fall Semester:
September 20, 2016 – December 6, 2016.
Winter Semester:
January 17, 2017 – May 9, 2017
–Rehearsals are every other Tuesday–
Participation Fee The registration fee of $530.00 can be paid in two installments of $265.00, on or before the first day of each semester for returning members and the first rehearsal after acceptance into the JAO for new members. If paid by Visa or MasterCard, the second installment will be automatically charged to your credit card at the beginning of the second semester. If you elect to pay by check the first installment is $353.00 and the second installment due on or before the beginning of the second semester is $177.00. We will hold your reservation for 7 days and will confirm your reservation upon receipt of your check.

Checks should be made payable to:
The Jazz Academy of Music
P.O. Box 6744
Silver Spring, MD 20916-6744

Performance Attire Students will be required to wear a black jacket, long black skirts or black pants and white blouses or shirts or the Jazz Academy Polo shirt depending on the formality of the performance event. Students will be issued a Jazz Academy Orchestra Polo Shirt and a Patch to be sewn on the black jacket.


Audition Requirements

Material
  • Must play scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats.
  • Must sight-read.
  • Improvisation over Bb or F blues is optional however it will be considered a plus and is encouraged. Vocalist and those who chose not to improvise should be prepared to sing or play a piece of their choice.
  • CLICK HERE for the Performance charts needed for the audition.
  • Auditioning on multiple instruments is considered a plus and is also encouraged.
Scheduling and Notification Must complete the Application for Audition Form. You will be contacted by the Academy to schedule your audition time. All participants will be notified of the Music Director’s decision within 1 week after their audition.
Available Positions Piano (1); Drums (1); Bass Guitar (2); Guitar (2); Alto Sax (3); Tenor Sax (3); Baritone Sax (1); Trumpet (4); Trombone (4); Clarinet (2); Flute (1); Violin (1).

If you would like to schedule an audition please click here or go to “Audition Application Form” under “Orchestra” in the menu above and complete the Audition Application Form.

You may call the Jazz Academy offices at 301-871-8418 for more information.

News

JAE and JAO Rehearsals
Begin September 2017

2017-2018 REHEARSALS:
Starting on or about September 19, 2017

Location:
Sligo Middle School
1401 Dennis Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Registration

Enrollment Open for JAM Camp and JAM Lab!

Register Now!

JAM Camp

June 26 - July 14, 2017
Monday thru Friday
1pm - 5pm

CLICK HERE for Camp and Lab Registration Form

JAM Lab

Residency Check-in:
Sunday, July 9
Residency Check-out:
Friday, July 14

Extended Day:
July 10 - July 14
Mon - Fri
9:00am - 9:30pm


New Camp Location


Takoma Park Middle School

7611 Piney Branch Road

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Due to renovations at Sligo Middle School the first two weeks at camp will be at Takoma Park Middle School. Week # 3 / Residency / Extended Day will be at the National 4-H Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.

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