Further information on our Jazz Program.

2017/2018 FACULTY OF MUSIC JAZZ ENSEMBLES AT A GLANCE (Schedules do not include dress rehearsals and performances)

  • UTJO: Tues, Thurs 10:00-11:30am & Fri 5:00-6:00pm Gordon Foote
  • 11 O’clock Jazz Orchestra: Mon & Wed 11:00am-1:00pm Jim Lewis
  • U of T 12tet: Mon & Wed 11:00am-1:00pm Terry Promane
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Mon & Wed 11:00am-1:00pm Christine Duncan
  • 7 O’clock Jazz Orchestra: Tues & Thurs 7:00-9:00pm TBA


Auditions to determine placement in vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles (big bands and combos) will be held at the Faculty of Music, 90 Wellesley location, on Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017

  1. Instrumental Group Auditions (1st & 2nd yr students) from 9:30am

In Upper Jazz Studio, instrumental group auditions for years 1 & 2 starting at 9:30AM.

Research and learn the melody and harmony for (tunes to come). Be prepared to improvise (no reading music). Students have been assigned a group and time: Audition Groups (list to come).  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.  Some of you have been scheduled twice for instrumentation purposes.

  1. Sight Reading for Ensemble Placement from 2:00pm

In Room 380, sight reading auditions for instrumentalists:

  • Double Basses – TBA
  • Drums – TBA
  • Guitars – TBA
  • Pianos – TBA


On Wednesday, September 6, 2017

  1. 1st year Ear Training & Theory Assessment in the Upper Jazz Studio from 10:00am to 1:00pm

  2. Voice Auditions for Ensemble Placement from 2:00pm.

In TBA, Returning vocalists are to prepare and supply two copies of a lead sheet in their key of one of the following tunes (tunes to come).  Be prepared to solo over the form of the song.

New students, please be prepared to sing one of the three charts attached here (chart to come).

All students should be prepared to sight read and improvise.

  1. Sight Reading for Ensemble Placement from 2:00pm

In Room 380, sight reading auditions for instrumentalists:

  • Saxophones – TBA
  • Trombones – TBA
  • Trumpets – TBA

If you are interested in auditioning for any other ensemble at the Faculty of Music, or if you have questions concerning your Jazz audition, please contact Eddy Aitken at (416) 978-3733 edna.aitken@utoronto.ca or Amanda Eyer Haberman at (416) 978-3746 performance.music@utoronto.ca.

There will be mandatory meetings for ALL Jazz students in the UJS on Friday, September 8, 2017:

  • Graduates – 11:00am
  • New Undergrads and 2nd year transfers – 12:00pm
  • All undergrads – 1:00pm


Mandatory masterclasses for all students in the Jazz program are scheduled Fridays, 3-5pm in the UJS. Do not book classes or electives during this time slot. Missed masterclasses will result in a deduction from applied lesson grades.