Further information on our Jazz Program.

2019/2020 FACULTY OF MUSIC JAZZ ENSEMBLES AT A GLANCE (Schedules do not include dress rehearsals and performances)

2019/2020 Jazz Placement Auditions

Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles

Auditions to determine placement in vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles (big band and combos) will be held at the Faculty of Music, 90 Wellesley location, on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4, 2019.


On Tuesday, September 3, 2019

  1. Placement Exams – Undergrads year 1
    In Upper Jazz Studio – Materials Placement Exam 9:30am and Ear Training Placement Exam 11:00am. 
  1. Instrumental Group Auditions from 1:00PM
    In Upper Jazz Studio – instrumental group auditions for Undergrads in years 1 & 2 and Masters year 1:
    • Research and learn the melody and harmony for Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise – C minor, 1/4 note=160-180 bpm and It’s You or No One – F major, 1/4 note=200-220 bpm. Be prepared to improvise (no reading music). Students have been assigned a group and time: Audition Groups (as of Aug 1). PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. Some of you have been scheduled twice for instrumentation purposes – you are highlighted in blue.
  1. Sight Reading for Ensemble Placement from 1:00pm
    In Room 380, sight reading auditions for Undergrads in years 3 & 4 and Masters year 1:


On Wednesday, September 4, 2019

  1. Voice Auditions for Ensemble Placement from 12:00noon
    In the Lower Jazz Studio, voice auditions will consist of:
    • Returning vocalists are to choose between Stella by Starlight, All the Things You Are, or Chega de Saudade/No More Blues (which can be sung either in English or Portuguese). Bring your own charts for the chosen tune in your key, one for the accompanist and one for the panel.  Be prepared to solo over the form of the song.
    • New students, please be prepared to sing one of the three charts attached Jazz Voice Excerpts.
    • All students should be prepared to sight read and improvise.
  2. Sight Reading for Ensemble Placement from 10:00am
    In Upper Jazz Studio,
    sight reading auditions for Undergrads years 1 & 2:

If you are interested in auditioning for any other ensemble at the Faculty of Music, or if you have questions concerning your Jazz audition, please contact Eddy Aitken at (416) 978-3733 edna.aitken@utoronto.ca or Amanda Eyer Haberman at (416) 978-3746 performance.music@utoronto.ca.


There will be mandatory meetings for Jazz students in the UJS on Friday, September 6, 2019:

  • Graduate students – 2:00pm
  • Undergrad students – 3:15pm


Mandatory masterclasses for all students in the Jazz program are scheduled Fridays, 3-5pm in the UJS. Do not book classes or electives during this time slot. Missed masterclasses will result in a deduction from applied lesson grades.