Jazz ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Welcome to Jazz at Wheaton! The Conservatory of Music offers a wide variety of jazz performance opportunities aimed at providing practical musical training grounded in the authentic articulation of the jazz language. You need not be a music major to audition for any of our performing groups. Here you will find audition information as well as program highlights for the upcoming school year.

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The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:20 in Edman 102. Combo rehearsal times are TBD. The first gathering for all jazz groups will be an orientation meeting and faculty performance on Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 to 8:20. The first rehearsal for the Wheaton Jazz Ensemble is on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Performing Groups

Wheaton Jazz Ensemble (big band, approx 18 members)

Showcase and Green Mill Combos (5-7 members each)

Instrumentation 

Jazz Ensemble:

  • 2 Alto Saxophones (clarinet and flute doubles preferred)
  • 2 Tenor Saxophones (clarinet and flute doubles preferred)
  • 1 Baritone Saxophone (clarinet and flute doubles preferred)
  • 4 Trumpets / 4 Trombones
  • Piano / Guitar / Upright Bass / Drums & Percussion
  • Vocals (Spanish speaking experience preferred for Fall Semester)

Combos:

  • Instrumentation varies based on audition results

Program Highlights

  • Clinics with visiting jazz musicians 2010-2011 clinicians included Dr. Ron Carter, trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonist Caroline Davis and drummer Joel Spencer.
  • Performances with touring jazz musicians Guest artists have included Dana Hall, Mike Lee & New Tricks and the Luke Gillespie Trio.
  • Trips to hear world-class jazz in Chicago Jazz outings include trips to the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Jazz Showcase and the Harris Theater (home of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble).
  • Recording experience at WETN Combos record annually in spaces such as Wheaton's Shea Studio and the Chicago Recording Company.
  • Collaborative workshops with other Chicago-area jazz ensembles
  • Regular performances at The Stupe and at Chapel

Audition Sign-ups 

Please email Katie Ernst to sign up in advance: katieernstjazz@gmail.com

Sign-ups will also be available during new student orientation at the Conservatory table.

2013-2014 Audition Times

Saturday, August 24th 2:00-6:00pm
Monday, August 26th 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, August 27th 5:30-7:30pm

Audition Requirements

Auditions run approximately 5 min and include sight-reading as well as improvisation over 12-bar blues (C, F or Bb). Students are also encouraged to perform a prepared tune or written excerpt. Students will be placed in ensembles based on ability and ensemble needs.


Private Study

Develop your sound and improvisational method through one-on-one study our outstanding roster of private teachers. To enroll in private study, visit the Conservatory office in McAlister Hall (2nd Floor) and send an email to your instructor of choice:

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions before the school year commences. I look forward to meeting you in the fall!


Katie Ernst
Jazz Ensemble Director
katieernstjazz@gmail.com

The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:20 in Edman 102. Combo rehearsal times are TBD. The first gathering for all jazz groups will be an orientation meeting and faculty performance on Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 to 8:20. The first rehearsal for the Wheaton Jazz Ensemble is on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Performing Groups

Wheaton Jazz Ensemble (big band, approx 18 members)

Showcase and Green Mill Combos (5-7 members each)

Instrumentation 

Jazz Ensemble:

  • 2 Alto Saxophones (clarinet and flute doubles preferred)
  • 2 Tenor Saxophones (clarinet and flute doubles preferred)
  • 1 Baritone Saxophone (clarinet and flute doubles preferred)
  • 4 Trumpets / 4 Trombones
  • Piano / Guitar / Upright Bass / Drums & Percussion
  • Vocals (Spanish speaking experience preferred for Fall Semester)

Combos:

  • Instrumentation varies based on audition results

Program Highlights

  • Clinics with visiting jazz musicians 2010-2011 clinicians included Dr. Ron Carter, trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonist Caroline Davis and drummer Joel Spencer.
  • Performances with touring jazz musicians Guest artists have included Dana Hall, Mike Lee & New Tricks and the Luke Gillespie Trio.
  • Trips to hear world-class jazz in Chicago Jazz outings include trips to the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Jazz Showcase and the Harris Theater (home of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble).
  • Recording experience at WETN Combos record annually in spaces such as Wheaton's Shea Studio and the Chicago Recording Company.
  • Collaborative workshops with other Chicago-area jazz ensembles
  • Regular performances at The Stupe and at Chapel

Audition Sign-ups 

Please email Katie Ernst to sign up in advance: katieernstjazz@gmail.com

Sign-ups will also be available during new student orientation at the Conservatory table.

2013-2014 Audition Times

Saturday, August 24th 2:00-6:00pm
Monday, August 26th 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, August 27th 5:30-7:30pm

Audition Requirements

Auditions run approximately 5 min and include sight-reading as well as improvisation over 12-bar blues (C, F or Bb). Students are also encouraged to perform a prepared tune or written excerpt. Students will be placed in ensembles based on ability and ensemble needs.


Private Study

Develop your sound and improvisational method through one-on-one study our outstanding roster of private teachers. To enroll in private study, visit the Conservatory office in McAlister Hall (2nd Floor) and send an email to your instructor of choice:

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions before the school year commences. I look forward to meeting you in the fall!


Katie Ernst
Jazz Ensemble Director
katieernstjazz@gmail.com