Oklahoma State University
 
 
Everyone is encouraged to audition (music majors and non music majors).

 

Rhythm Section Auditions (guitar, piano, bass, and drums) - prepared piece is "Bloomdido" (pdf's available in treble clef or bass clef)

OSU Jazz rhythm section auditions will occur on Monday, August 21st at 12:30pm in the Seretean Concert Hall. For this audition, I will hear you play in combo format. There is no signup sheet for the rhythm section auditions. Everyone please arrive promptly at 12:30pm with your lead sheet for "Bloomdido". 

 

Drummers:  Drums and cymbals will be set up for you so that all you have to do is show up. We will also take care of teardown. You'll just need to bring your lead sheet for "Bloomdido" and your sticks and brushes (if you also have brushes). 

 

Bassists: A bass amp will be set up for you. You will need to bring your bass, instrument cable, and lead sheet for "Bloomdido" (bass clef version).

 

Guitarists: A guitar amp will be set up for you. You will need to bring your guitar, instrument cable, and lead sheet for "Bloomdido" (treble clef version).

 

Pianists: A Steinway grand piano will be set up for you.You will only need to bring your lead sheet for "Bloomdido" (treble clef version). 

Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums auditions will all use “Bloomdido” as the prepared excerpt. This Charlie Parker tune is a twelve bar blues in Bb. Click here for a recording. Piano, guitar, and bass will play the melody in unison for two choruses, then comp and improvise over the chords for "Bloomdido" (12-bar blues in Bb) for the remaining choruses. There is a pdf in bass clef as well as one in treble clef. Drummers can play time (swing) for the entirety of this portion of the audition. 
 
In addition to "Bloomdido", you will be given a short section of a big band chart to sight read. 
 
 
Jazz Saxophone Auditions - alto & bari sax excerpt, tenor sax excerpt
Jazz saxophone auditions will occur WednesdayAugust 23rd, 11:30am-1pm in my office (SCPA 004). I will hear you individually on your main saxophone. Doubling on flute and/or clarinet is encouraged though not required. I will have a piece ready for you to sight read on flute and/or clarinet if you want to play flute and/or clarinet. Improvising is also encouraged though not required. I will have an F Blues backing track ready to play for you if you would like to improvise. In addition to the prepared piece, you will be given a short piece to sight read. I will post a signup sheet on the bulletin board (cork board) next to the Band Room (SCPA 118) on Aug 14th in the evening; I will email you when it's posted so that you can come by and sign up for an audition time slot at your convenience.
 
 
Jazz Trumpet Auditions - trumpet excerpt 
Jazz trumpet auditions will occur on WednesdayAugust 23rd starting at 7pm in the Choir Room (SC 123). I will hear you individually for approximately five minutes. Please prepare the trumpet excerpt for your audition. You will also be given a short piece to sight read. Improvising is also encouraged though not required. I will have an F Blues backing track ready to play for you if you would like to improvise (two choruses max). In the next couple of weeks, I will post a signup sheet on the bulletin board (cork board) next to the Band Room (SCPA 118); I will email you when it's posted so that you can come by and sign up for an audition time slot at your convenience.
 
 
Jazz Trombone Auditions - tenor trombone excerpt, bass trombone excerpt
Jazz trombone auditions will occur on WednesdayAugust 23rd starting at 8pm in the Choir Room (SC 123). I will hear you individually for approximately five minutes. Please prepare the tenor trombone excerpt  or bass trombone excerpt for your audition. You will also be given a short piece to sight read. Improvising is also encouraged though not required. I will have an F Blues backing track ready to play for you if you would like to improvise (two choruses max). In the next couple of weeks, I will post a signup sheet on the bulletin board (cork board) next to the Band Room (SCPA 118); I will email you when it's posted so that you can come by and sign up for an audition time slot at your convenience.
 
 
Jazz Orchestra (MUSI 4600/5600 section 63825 undergrad/ 63567 grad) meets MWF 12:30-1:20 in SCPA 125.
Jazz Ensemble (MUSI 4600/5600 section 63823 undergrad/ 66021 grad) meets MWF 11:30-12:20 in SCPA 118.
Jazz Combo (MUSI 4600/5600 section 63853 undergrad/ 63625 grad) meeting times to be determined. Combos meets twice weekly for one hour. Using the past two years as a guide, usually one of those rehearsals is on a Thursday evening. 
 

First rehearsals for both Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will occur Friday, August 25th. 

 

 

Jazz Combos

If you would like to play in a jazz combo, you will need to attend the Combo Meeting on August 24th at 7pm in the Band Room (SC 118). Please bring your class schedules with you as we will be arranging meeting times. Please be prepared to be flexible in terms of scheduling. 

Jazz Combos will begin rehearsing during the second week of classes.

 

Jazz Theory I

If you would like to learn how to improvise jazz, consider registering for JAZZ 4002 Jazz Theory I (section 69184 undergraduate/ 68875 graduate). Offered every fall semester.

 

Rhythm Section Class - MUSI 4990 CRN 70287

Calling all rhythm section players. This one credit class will meet once weekly, 10:30am-11:20am every Friday this fall semester in SCPA 118 (Band Room). In this class, you'll get opportunity to play with other students and the above listed jazz rhythmsection faculty in trio or quartet format. This allows the course instructors (Helsley, Goldstein, and Repavich) to give feedback and demonstrate in the context of performing with a jazz combo.

 

 

 

We are very excited to have three new adjunct rhythm section faculty members starting this semester!

 

Dr. Jack Helsley, jazz bass - jackhelsley@sbcglobal.net

Dr. Jack Helsley is a bassist and educator based in Oklahoma City. He is a recent graduate of The University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow and bassist with the One O’Clock Lab Band. During the Fall 2014 Semester, he directed the Jazz Bass Department at UNT as sabbatical replacement for Lynn Seaton. After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Louisville, he toured extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S. with the United States Air Force Band.  As a freelance bassist, he has been featured on numerous recordings of jazz, pop, rock, and country artists, and has performed with such notable talents as Jamey Aebersold, Lynne Arriale, David Baker, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joey Calderazzo, Bob Dorough, Michael Feinstein, Benny Golsen, Ernie Watts, and Jeff Watts.  He holds a Doctor of Music in Performance from The University of North Texas, a Masters in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and has been on faculty at Anderson University, DePauw University, Eastern Illinois University, Marian University, Oklahoma Christian University, University of Indianapolis, Wabash College, and Western Illinois University. Dr. Helsley was a presenter at the 2016 JEN Convention in New Orleans, and has been invited to present at the upcoming Performing Arts Medical Association Symposium in Aspen, CO., and the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY. He is also formerly the co-host of the Jazz Radio show “Have You Heard” on WICR-FM.

Course info for private lessons : MUSI 4990 , CRN 70258

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

Grant Goldstein, jazz guitar - gtg1985@aol.com

Grant Goldstein is a guitarist, composer and educator born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is one of the premier jazz guitarists in Oklahoma today as well as being an active member in the R&B and Rock scenes. He has extensive performance credits in Oklahoma and New York, including performing with the Oklahoma City Lyric Theatre; as a member of the New Growth jazz quartet (OK), Patrick Bartley’s JMUSIC Ensemble, and Benjamin Sutin’s Klazz Ma Tazz (NY). He also taught private lessons and music theory at the University of Central Oklahoma for 3 years. And after completing a Master's degree in jazz from the Manhattan School of Music he was highly active in the NYC jazz scene. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia St. Café in NYC, and the legendary Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA. He can also be heard on numerous studio projects, including Adam & Kizzie's 2nd album, The Book of EEDO Vol. 2, Klazz Ma Tazz's Tangibility, J-MUSIC Ensemble's Time To Play. Known for writing introspective, sound-based music, he captivates all ears that have the pleasure of hearing him play. 

Course info for private lessons : MUSI 4990 , CRN 70257

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

Bill Repavich, jazz drums -  bill.repavich@gmail.com

Bill Repavich has a deep passion for creating excellent music of all genres. He achieved a B.M. in Instrumental Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. Bill’s professional playing experience ranges from classical orchestral percussion to contemporary drumset. A professional performer since he was fourteen, Mr. Repavich has extensive experience in rock bands, big bands, jazz combos, original groups, symphony orchestras, dance bands, and a steel drum band. Currently based in Oklahoma City, Bill performs freelance services for Southern Nazarene University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, the Enid Symphony Orchestra, and the Tulsa Symphony. Bill also has international touring experience with the show In The Mood Live, a 1940s big band revue. 

Course info for private lessons : MUSI 4990 , CRN 70259

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first. 

 

For jazz trombone lessons, MUSI 4990 , CRN 70255, contact Prof. Paul Compton at paul.compton@okstate.edu

For jazz piano lessons, MUSI 4990 , CRN 70256 contact Prof. Igor Karaca at igor.karaca@okstate.edu

For jazz vibraphone lessons, MUSI 4990, CRN 64607 contact Prof. Howard Potter at howard.potter@okstate.edu

For jazz saxophone & trumpet lessons, MUSI 4990 CRN 64606 contact Prof. Tommy Poole at tommy.poole@okstate.edu

 

To find about our new jazz minor, click here