Audition for a Jazz Ensemble

Interested in Jazz at Luther?

Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule:
M-W-F from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., and T-Th from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Orchestra Room of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
First rehearsal: Wednesday, August 30

Jazz Band Rehearsal Schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. in the Orchestra Room
First rehearsal: Thursday, August 31

Jazz Audition Schedule for Fall 2023

All auditions will take place in the Sperati Band Room, except where otherwise noted.

NOTE:  Excerpts linked below are from 2022; check back later for 2023 audition requirements.

Monday, August 28:

Tuesday, August 29:

  • Piano and Guitar: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Combined Rhythm Section (bass, drums, piano, and guitar): 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30:

  • Saxophones (round 1): after 2:00 p.m. in studio JN-195, Professor Hart’s Studio
  • Saxophones (round 2): 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in Sperati Band Room

All auditions will take place in the Sperati Band Room, except where otherwise noted.

Jazz Audition Information

Auditions will consist of prepared jazz excerpts, sight-reading, and improvisation on a jazz standard or blues tune of your choice.

  • Prepared excerpts are available to download from this webpage.
  • Improvisation may be accompanied with a play along recording (using a CD player or auxiliary input). Be prepared to play the melody of the tune and improvise multiple choruses. Memorization is not required, but encouraged.
  • Saxophonists should also prepare a solo transcription of your choice and the doubling excerpts on clarinet and flute.
  • Sign-up time sheets and hard copy excerpts will be posted on the Jenson-Noble studio 163 bulletin board.
  • If you are interested in learning to improvise, consider signing up for jazz improvisation lessons or the Principles of Improvisation course (spring semester).

Questions? Please contact Tony Guzmán (, 563-387-1354; or Lynne Hart (