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OCDA All-State High School Jazz Ensemble 2015

JANUARY 8 - 10, 2015


Stephania Abell, Jazz Ensemble Chair
405.366.5812 school
405.826.6011 cell
405.364.3677 home

Forms are available below. Updates for 2015 posted as available.


Deadline for entry is September 20.

Audition piece for 2014 - 2015 is:

Sing, Sing, Sing, by Darmon Meader SATB


Download STUDENT entry form for Jazz Auditions (PDF format) (POSTED FOR 2015) (Deadline, September 20)

Note: Basses should all enter under simply "Bass", but will let the monitor know at auditions which part they will sing on the split at mm. 58-60.

Download acceptance form for Jazz Ensemble (PDF format)

Download list of previous Jazz Ensemble Selections (PDF format)

Download pdf (fillable form) to order All-State Rehearsal CDs


Further information and notes from Chair Abell

Notes for Jazz, 2015

          Our Clinician for the 2015 Jazz choir is Ly Wilder from Indiana University.  I’m really excited to work with her and watch our students grow in their short time with her.  Please take a moment to check out her bio at http://www.music.indiana.edu/precollege/summer/steve-zegree-vocal-jazz-camp/Ly_Wilder_Profile.shtml


(IMPORTANT revision of improv procedure) As you know, improvisation has been changed to required this year instead of optional.  This is still the case. However, we will have a separate room with judges only for improv in it, and the points possible will be 10 per judge, not 15.  This was decided at the October OCDA board meeting.  Concerns were raised about this issue, and we are still working out the kinks in making it a viable part of the audition, without making it such a deciding factor. PLEASE let your kids know so they aren't surprised at auditions.  They still do what they were planning, just in two rooms instead of one.  If you have any questions, please contact me, Stephania Abell, at sabell@norman.k12.ok.us.

          Reminder!  Improvisation is no longer an option, and is worth 1O points per judge.  Please make sure your students are not surprised on audition day!  It is the same 12-bar blues in F that we have used for many years and is on the audition practice CD.

          The cut in the music for auditions goes from measure 5-68 and directly from there to 133 through 221.  There is not a splice in the music that fades in or out.  Men need to sing the pick up to 133, and singing the “Hey” in measure 67 is optional for the audition.

          Please email or call me with questions or if something isn’t clear on this page!

Here is the additional rep for the choir…

Esperanto, arr. Kerry Marsh (SSATB)

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, arr. Matt Falker

Stand Up and Make a Change, by Greg Jasperse

How Deep Is the Ocean, arr. Rosana Eckert