2019 Audition Excerpt Information

2019 ILMEA Senior Vocal Jazz Audition Part Tracks

Above is a link to a publicly shared Google Folder that contains two sets of part tracks for each of the two Vocal Jazz required tunes:  Bli Blip and Hello, Young Lovers.

You will find practice tracks for your students that have each individual part for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass, allowing your students to hear and learn their individual part. You will also find a “minus one” track so that your students can hear all the other parts except their own, allowing them to practice singing their part without any reference, similar to singing in an actual Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  Copies of the rhythm section only audition track are also available.

All of the music for both tunes are included in these tracks. On September 3, 2019, the actual excerpts that will be used for district auditions will be released, three excerpts for each tune.  It will be up to your district vocal jazz representative to choose which excerpt (one from each tune), will be used on the day of your district audition. Auditions for one of these two excerpts will be heard a cappella and the other will utilize a rhythm section only track. Your district representative will make that information available on the day of your district audition, at the audition site.  

Retired sight reading examples

Click Here for Retired Vocal Jazz Sight-reading Examples from 1998-2018.

Audition Details

Electronic Devices Prohibited: The student use of all electronic and/or mechanical devices to include, but not limited to, metronomes, tuners, cell phones, and audio/video recording devices is prohibited in all ILMEA audition rooms.

These audition procedures are provided to help ensure that the methods of evaluating Vocal Jazz Ensemble Selectees are effective and consistent throughout the State. It is important that the District President, Vocal Jazz Ensemble Representative, Audition Host and all Adjudicators are familiar with these procedures.

All grade level students, 9-12 are eligible to participate in their District Vocal Jazz Ensemble(s), however only Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are eligible to participate at the state level.

All auditions will be conducted in a blind environment so that the adjudicator cannot make verbal or visual contact with the student. Each student will only be identified by an audition number, not by name, age, school or gender.

The audition will consist of four parts, with 100 Points possible:

  • Required Selections

  • Sight-reading

  • Scales (blues and chromatic)

  • Improvisation on Bb Blues – (2 full choruses)

The final score for each student is totaled within the adjudication form. The adjudicator must confirm with the District Vocal Jazz Representative for any ties in final scores.



Should a tie occur between students, the SIGHT READING score will be used to break the tie. Should a tie still exist, TONE QUALITY will be used as the second determining factor.



  1. Required Selection(s) - 65 Points possible (10 points given for each category; pitch accuracy (notes), intonation, rhythmic accuracy, interpretation, 5 points for diction and 20 points for tone quality)

    • The Jazz Division President will select and publish on the state website the measure numbers of three excerpts for each of the two selections on September 1, prior to auditions.

    • Of these six choices, the district vocal jazz representative will independently choose one from each selection for their district auditions, and post that information at the district audition site, along with the instructions for the blind audition process.

    • Students will receive an auditory prompt for pitch, prior to singing these excerpts A Cappella for their audition.

  2. Sight-reading - 10 Points possible:

    • A sight-reading sheet will be given to each District President at the time of the auditions. This sheet will be previously prepared by the Jazz Division President or his/her designee. In order not to compromise the sight-reading test, this material will be a controlled item and will not be distributed to Adjudicators until the time of the test. All copies must be taped to the music stands, and destroyed immediately after the audition.

    • The student will be asked to sight-read one 5-measure swing excerpt with varying rhythms and pitch. The Adjudicator will use the same sight-reading examples for all students auditioning.

    • The student will be prompted by a tonic chord and the starting note before singing the example A Cappella.

    • The student may use a neutral vowel sound, solfege syllables, numbers, or letter names. The student may beat time if desired; however, he/she may not hum the exercise prior to, or while performing it.

  3. Scales - 10 Points possible

    • The student will sing a one octave half step scale, ascending and descending. Prompted by the starting pitch: Sopranos and Tenors begin on Eb; Altos and Basses begin on C. The student may use a neutral vowel sound, solfege syllables, numbers, or letter names.

    • The student will sing a one octave blues scale, ascending and descending. Prompted by the starting pitch: Sopranos and Tenors begin on Eb; Altos and Basses begin on C.

  4. Improvisation - 15 Points possible:

    • The Adjudicator will play the Jamey Aebersold - Vol. I, Fifth Edition "A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation", Blues in Bb.

    • The student may listen to one chorus of the blues progression to hear the chord progressions before beginning.

    • Neutral syllables or any method of scat singing may be used. Humming is not permitted.

    • Each student should sing two choruses of the blues progression.

    • The Adjudicator will award up to five points based three categories: how well the improvisation fits harmonically with the blues progression, the rhythmic and stylistic accuracy of the improvisation, and the phrasing of the ideas presented.