Jazzaar Auditions 2019 – January 26

  • Swiss Youth World-Music Ensemble (Jazzaar Global Ensemble)
  • Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra (Jazzaar Festival Big Band)

Jazzaar auditions are held to select youth candidates for the two Swiss Youth Ensembles. Applicants from Switzerland are expected to attend the auditions in Aarau while international candidates will be evaluated on their submissions of live recordings. For the 2018 productions, candidates for the following instruments are required to audition in order to be selected:

1. Vocals
2. Woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, saxophones)
3. Brass (trumpets, trombone, tuba)
4. Rhythm Section (guitars, piano/kbds, drums/perc.)

The candidates to audition will be informed per e-mail about the time and venue of their scheduled appointment.

Here is your hotline to call if you are late or can’t make the audition on the 26th Jan. 2019:
079 665 51 81

Please be informed of the Evaluation Criteria for the auditions.

The Jury:
Berndt Konrad – Bari saxophonist, Composer, Former Head of Jazz Dept. Musikhochschule Stuttgart
Peter Jaques – Former head of DRS Big Band Zürich
Michael Baker – Acclaimed international drummer in Jazz, Fusion & R&B styles (Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lenox, etc.)

Applicants are requested to prepare for their auditions by learning up a given piece. MP3 files of original recordings and PDFs of lead sheets for different instruments are provided at this password protected site Downloads – Audition 2019.

Candidates may login with details received per e-mail and download their music on PDF and mp3 formats to prepare for their audition.