The HS Vocal Jazz students only have one audition on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Rose State College. The audition selection for the 2019 Vocal Jazz Ensemble is I Can’t Believe You’re In Love With Me arranged by Meador. It is available from Alfred and J.W. Pepper.

HS Vocal Jazz Repertoire (through 2020)


Application Information

Student Entry Form – Before September 21
Each school must submit information for each student auditioning
Link to Student Entry Form

Audition Application – Before September 21
Schools must send an Audition Application
with payment (PO or check) to:
Ramona Cummings
OCDA Treasurer PO Box 2964
Edmond, OK 73083
Download the Audition Application

Emergency Entry Form – After September 21
Download the Emergency Application

Deadline and Fees

First Deadline– September 21, 2019
– $15.00 per student
– School Form must be postmarked by Sept 22

**There is no longer a second deadline**

Emergency Deadline – Contact Chair
– $100.00 per student

Audition Date

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
– Rose State College

Audition Elements

The audition will consist of two elements:
1) a performance of I Can’t Believe You’re In Love With Me arr. by Darmon Meador and 2) a 30-second vocal improvisation over a standard jazz form and chord progression. The first element will take place at each singer’s scheduled audition time, with the second following immediately afterward in a different room with different judges.

 Updates to Vocal Improvisation Process:
Past audition formats have included a vocal improvisation over one chorus of the standard 12-bar blues in F major, lasting approximately 30 seconds. Beginning this year, the exact form and set of chord progressions will change each year. The audition track used in the improv room will be released publicly via email to all directors of students registered for the jazz audition two school days prior to the audition date. This will give students and directors time to prepare without the need for a ‘cut room.’

     Suggested methods of preparation:
— Vocal Improvisation by Michele Weir
— Search “Jazz Backing Tracks” on YouTube
— Examples will be recorded and released for practice, date TBA


Audition Notes

The piece will be auditioned as written in SATB format.

There is no published divisi, although, an optional Soprano 2 part has been inserted at m. 118. Those Sopranos opting not to sing the last 3 notes of that measure may substitute G5 for “weh”, F5 for “yah” and E5 for “daht”. Sopranos will indicate on their audition ticket that they are choosing the soprano 2 option. This will have no affect on judges scoring, and will only be used while determining divisi for the all-state ensemble once auditions have concluded.

Final tenor note in m. 42 should remain A-natural for the word “do”. The part track is correct.

Alto note in m. 140 on the word “with” should be an E-flat. The part track is correct.

m. 117 – final alto note on the syllable “dih” should be F-sharp. The track plays F-natural. EITHER pitch will be accepted.


  1. m. 6 beat 3 to m. 38 beat 3

Final note value of m. 5 becomes an eighth note tied to a half note. Singers continue to m. 38 beat 3 with the printed eighth rest and entrance on the word “Your”.

  1. m. 71 beat 1 to m. 103 beat 1

For the purposes of the audition, all markings indicating optional solos or duets should be treated as unison passages for the voice parts reading those particular staves.


Judging Criteria

Voice Quality (20)
– Does the voice align with jazz style (i.e have minimal vibrato, use appropriate air/tone ration, navigate all parts of the range well, etc.)?
Notes (20)
– Does the singer sing the correct notes?
Rhythm (20)
– Does the singer sing accurate rhythms?
Dynamics (10)
– Does the singer sing musically at both the macro and mirco level (i.e sing with correct emphasis around the swing notes, accommodate large dynamic shifts, sing each line with direction and purpose)?
Diction (10)
– Does the singer sing the words and syllables written on the page? Does the singer use appropriate vowel shape?
Intonation (10)
– Can the singer sing in tune? This includes fast lines, held notes, and improvisation.
Phrasing (5)
– Does the singer always sing with a sense of direction? Is the direction musically appropriate and stylistically interesting?
Jazz Style (5)
– Does the singer display vocal jazz ability? Does the singer perform with a sense of ease and confidence?
Improvisation (10 per judge)
– Can the singer create musical thoughts and phrases that are appropriate with the set of chord changes provided?

Kate Reid - HS Jazz Choir Clinician

Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz in the Studio Music and Jazz department and Director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She directs two of the Frost’s three jazz vocal ensembles Extensions and Jazz Vocal I, teaches private jazz voice, improvisation and jazz accompanying. As a vocalist and pianist, Kate performs in duo, trio and quartet settings at jazz venues in the Los Angeles and Miami areas. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, she has also worked in studio settings and lent her voice to many motion picture soundtracks including Planes, Star Trek Into Darkness and Tinkerbell: Legend of the Neverbeast and other network television series and commercial spots. Kate co-authored the GLEE Vocal Method book for Hal Leonard publishing with producer/author Andy Waterman of Umbrella Media. She is also active as a guest artist, clinician and guest conductor. She has adjudicated festivals in California, Nevada, Arizona and in Ontario and Banff, Canada. Kate has most recently conducted the All-State jazz choirs in Colorado (2017), New York (2016), California (2016), and New Hampshire (2015). She earned a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University, a M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.

Stephen Ziegler, HS Vocal Jazz Chair

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