Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars

A Youth Ensemble

NWA Jazz All Stars Admission and Audition Requirements

  • Each student will be asked to improvise over a 12 bar blues progression in the key of Bb (concert), sight read a bebop melody, and demonstrate major and minor scales in the following keys: C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb.
  • Instrumentalists will be asked to play a passage from Rhythm Changes using the following prepared music (please print the PDF for your instrument below).

*Additionally, drummers will be asked to demonstrate the following styles: jazz (swing,) Latin (bossa nova) and funk.

To help with you practice for auditions here are some performance videos:

Video of Rhythm Changes performed by the Fayetteville Jazz Collective

Audio version of Rhythm Changes at a slower tempo

NWA Jazz All Stars Tuition

  • $120.00 (financial assistance available)

NWA Jazz All Stars Schedule Commitment

  • Auditions: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 from 2:00pm-4:00pm & Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Rehearsal Sundays, 2:00pm-4:30pm at WAC from February – May 2017
  • Public Performance at WAC in May 2017 (date TBD)
  • Professional recording session in May 2017 (date TBD)