CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Explosion!

Jazz Explosion!

Intended for both enthusiasts and serious musicians, Jazz Ensembles at CCM Preparatory seeks to develop competent, knowledgeable and expressive musicians through active experiences. In addition to these ensembles, instruction in jazz guitar, bass, saxophone, percussion and piano as well as a variety of ensembles are open to all ages.

Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra

Jennifer Grantham, director
Grades 10-12

12-3p.m., Sunday  | Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 22, 2017
at CCM Village

Tuition: $360

The Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra offers a high-level challenge in a big band setting. Emphasis will be placed on developing professional musical, improvisational and performance skills. CYJO performs a wide array of styles within the big band genre, with performances held on- and off-campus. Any students playing an instrument within standard big band instrumentation, as well as vocalists, are encourgaed to audition for this group.

Auditions are required

CYJO Audition Requirements
Drums:  Demonstrate 16 measures of the following: a swing beat (fast and medium), Latin beat (bossa), rock beat at various tempi and a ballad using brushes, prepared excerpt (provided), and sight reading.

All Other Instruments: perform a chromatic scale (displaying range), major scales (up to 3 sharps and 3 flats), excerpt (provided), head and 2 choruses of improvisation over a Blues head of your choice, and sight reading.

Jazz Explosion!

Matt Holt, director
Grades 7-10

10 a.m. - noon, Saturday | Rehearsals begin September 23, 2017
at CCM Village

Tuition: $335

For students with a strong interest in learning jazz improvisation and authentic jazz styles, Jazz Explosion! is open to any instrumentalist (some limitations may be made for certain sections of the group).

Auditions are required

Jazz Explosion! Audition Requirements
Drums*:  Demonstrate 16 measures of the following: swing beat (fast and medium), Latin beat (bossa), rock beat at various tempi, a ballad using brushes, prepared excerpt (provided) and sight reading.
* Having an excerpt to perform on vibes is encouraged, but not required

All Other Instruments: chromatic scale displaying range, major scales (up to 2 sharps and 2 flats), two short pieces (that demonstrate range, technique and articulation - a jazz tune is encouraged), improvisation over a concert F Blues, and sight reading.

Jazz Combos

Jennifer Grantham & Matt Holt, directors
for students in grades 9-12 & adults

High School Combo 10:30-11:50 a.m., Sunday | Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 24, 2017
Adult Combo 12-1:20 p.m., Saturday
| Rehearsals begin Saturday, Septebmer 23, 2017
at CCM Village

Tuition: $ 410

Our combo groups are aimed at motivated jazz musicians and learners who want to perform jazz music at a high level in a small-group setting. The members of the Jazz Combos will learn jazz standards and contemporary tunes with a primary emphasis on improvisation and small group interaction. 

Auditions are required

Adult Combo

Adult Combos Audition Requirements
Drums:  Demonstrate 16 measures of the following: a swing beat (fast and medium), Latin beat (bossa), rock beat at various tempi, a ballad using brushes, prepared excerp (provided), and sight reading.

All other Instruments: Perform a chromatic sacale (displaying range), major scales (up to 4 sharps and 4 flats), head and two choruses of improvisation over a Blues head of your choice, and sight reading.

High School Combo

High School Combo Audition Requirements
Drums:  Demonstrate 16 measures of the following: a swing beat (fast and medium), Latin beat (bossa), rock beat at various tempi, a ballad using brushes, prepared excerp (provided), and sight reading.

All other Instruments: Perform a chromatic scale (displaying range), major scales (up to 3 sharps and 3 flats), head and two choruses of improviation over a Blues head of your choice, and sight reading.

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 
    • 12- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 2017 
    • 12-4 p.m. 
  • Locations:  1402 warm-up room | 1401 audition room
  • Click here to sign-up for an audition.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 
    • 12- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 2017 
    • 12-4 p.m. 
  • Locations:  1402 warm-up room | 1401 audition room
  • Click here to sign-up for an audition.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 
    • 12- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 2017 
    • 12-4 p.m. 
  • Locations:  1402 warm-up room | 1401 audition room
  • Click here to sign-up for an audition.
  • Jazz Faculty

    Jennifer Grantham: Program coordinator, director Jazz Combos and CYJO, saxophone faculty
    Matt Holt: Director, Jazz Explosion! & Jazz Combos, bass faculty
    Dan Karlsberg: Piano faculty
    Phil Willis: Guitar faculty