2016 Jazz Soloist Competition
Four finalists will be selected by a panel of Shenandoah Conservatory faculty judges and invited to Shenandoah’s main campus to perform with a live, professional rhythm section before a panel of judges on October 22, 2016. A first and second prize winner will be selected during that performance.
All contestants will be invited to attend an exciting Improvisation Clinic and the finalist round, as well as enjoy The U.S. Army Blues concert at Shenandoah Conservatory on October 22, 2016!
- $300 cash prize
- Minimum $5,000 Conservatory Award to Shenandoah Conservatory for incoming freshman and transfer students (pending a successful audition and full acceptance to Shenandoah Conservatory and Shenandoah University)
- Performance as featured soloist with The U.S. Army Blues on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Shenandoah Conservatory
- $100 cash prize
- Minimum $2,500 Conservatory Award to Shenandoah Conservatory for incoming freshman and transfer students (pending a successful audition and full acceptance to Shenandoah Conservatory and Shenandoah University)
Rules and Requirements
Applicants must submit two contrasting jazz selections (i.e. Swing and Latin; up-tempo and ballad) to be reviewed by a panel of judges from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Application and Submission
To apply, all interested applicants must complete the Jazz Soloist Competition Online Application. Competitors may submit video recordings using one of three methods:
- Upload video files to YouTube (preferred)
YouTube video URL(s) must be included at the time the form is submitted
- Email video files to Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies at Shenandoah Conservatory, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail CD recordings to:
Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies
1460 University Dr.
Winchester, VA 22601
The deadline to apply has now passed to apply for the 2016 Jazz Soloist Competition. Information for the 2017 Jazz Soloist Competition to be announced.
Recordings may be made with a live group, by using Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long recordings, (these can be purchased from the iTunes store for $0.99 each), or by using a MIDI backing track, such as the iReal app.
- Sign into YouTube.
- Click the Upload button at the top of the page.
- Before you start uploading the video you can chose the video privacy settings.
- Select the video you’d like to upload from your computer. You can also record a video from your webcam, create a video slideshow or import a video from Google+.
- As the video is uploading you can edit both the basic information and the advanced settings of the video, and decide if you want to notify subscribers (if you untick this option no communication will be shared with your subscribers). Partners will also be able to adjust their Monetization settings.
- Click Publish to finish uploading a public video to YouTube. If you set the video privacy setting to Private or Unlisted, just click Done to finish the upload or click Share to privately share your video.
- If you haven’t clicked Publish, your video won’t be viewable by other people. You can always publish your video at a later time in your Video Manager.
Once the upload is completed YouTube will send you an email to notify you that your video is done uploading and processing. You can then forward that email to friends or family for easy sharing. If you prefer not to receive notification, you can opt out by visiting your email settings.
Competition Format and Schedule
- Four finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of Shenandoah Conservatory jazz faculty. Finalists will be announced by email on Friday, October 7, 2016.
- A jazz improvisation clinic will be offered to all contestants at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Shenandoah Conservatory by Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Faculty members.
- Finalists will perform one selection (chosen from the two submitted for adjudication) with a professional rhythm section at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Armstrong Concert Hall at Shenandoah Conservatory before a panel of professional judges. A brief rehearsal will be provided for each finalist.
- First and Second place winners will be selected and announced at The U.S. Army Blues concert at 3 p.m. on October 22, 2016.
- The winner will be invited to perform a solo (such as a blues or rhythm changes solo) with The U.S. Army Blues.
Please note that finalists will be responsible for all travel, lodging and meal expenses associated with their participation in the clinic and finalist competition on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
Questions? Contact Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies at Shenandoah Conservatory.