The X-Tet Jazz Orchestra performs an eclectic program of compositions that range from Hard Bop to Snarky Puppy. Recently the ensemble has toured in Peru, taken 1st place at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival and performed in various venues the Twin Cities, Madison and Chicago. The ensemble is made up of students working towards a Bachelors or Masters in Music at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, MN.
The X-Tet Jazz Orchestra is a highly selective touring ensemble. Students develop their ability to sight read, interpret and improvise through a variety of jazz styles by rehearsing and performing arrangements conceived for large jazz ensembles. Student musicians are pushed to develop awareness of roles in each section, listening through the ensemble, understanding musical hierarchies that enable a large ensemble to quickly find common musical ground in order to perform at a professional level.
X-TET JAZZ ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE AUDITION INFO
Rhythm Section Audition — Prepare the provided charts:
- Blues in the Closet (F Blues – memorized)
- In a Sentimental Mood (Slow Jazz Ballad)
- Life After: Play as indicated on your part below
You may also be asked to sight read one or two selections.
Winds and Strings Audition — Prepare the provided charts:
- Blues in the Closet (F Blues – memorized): play head and solo
- Runferyerlife: Play as indicated on your part at quarter note = 150-190 bpm.
You will be asked to sight read one or two selections. For any questions regarding the Jazz Orchestra (X-Tet) Ensemble audition process, please contact: Pete.Whitman@mcnallysmith.edu