Further information on our Jazz Program.

Students in the Jazz programs will complete their ensemble requirements by being assigned to Small Jazz Ensembles. These ensembles will rehearse two hours a week In-Person.

Jazz Ensemble Placement Auditions

Jazz Ensemble Placement Auditions will be done by audio recording this year (due by Tuesday, September 8, 2020).

  • The Placement Audition should be audio-only recorded in the manner of a live performance as one, unedited, continuous take.
  • Please aim for the highest quality audio that can be produced given your resources (e.g., use an external microphone rather than your device’s built in microphone, if possible).
  • Save your audio file with the following title format: Instrument StudentNumber.
  • Once your recording is ready to submit, please go to this link to upload your audio.  You will need to log in with your utoronto e-mail address.
  • Deadline to submit your recording is Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Please submit an audio recording of two contrasting tunes, e.g., ballad and bebop, standard and bossa or jazz waltz and modal tune.

  • This recording should be a maximum 5 minutes in length.
  • Students must play the melody and improvise on each tune. No need to state the melody again after improvising (one chorus of the melody and one or two choruses of improvising will suffice).
  • You may record with a play along track, unaccompanied or with other musicians if this is safe.

Instrument Specifics

  • Drummers: if playing unaccompanied, play the melody on the drums and then play time and/or improvise one chorus. If playing with a group, drummers may simply accompany the soloist in the group and trade 4s or 8s for one chorus.
  • Bassists: play the melody, demonstrate walking/accompanying for one chorus, and solo for one chorus.
  • Piano/guitar: play the melody, demonstrate comping for one chorus, and solo for one chorus.



Information on Masterclasses will be posted once confirmed.

There will be mandatory meetings for all Jazz students on Friday, September 11, 2020:

  • Graduate students – 12:00pm
  • Undergrad students – 1:15pm

A Zoom invitation will be sent prior to the meetings.