The TD Niagara Jazz Festival will holding its “Jazz 4 the Ages” Youth Competition auditions on Wednesday, June 7th at Ridley College in St Catharines and Shady Acres Studio.
STEP ONE: Submit a Youtube clip of your band or yourself performing and send it to youth@niagarajazzfestival.
STEP TWO: Wait for the TD Niagara Jazz Festival to confirm that they have received your submission.
STEP THREE: Selected finalists will be contacted by the TD NJF to audition in front of a panel of judges on or before Sunday, June 5th, 2017. At this time you will be given your audition time slot. (All finalists are required to pay a submission fee. See rates below)
STEP FOUR: Audition. You will be asked to prepare 2 contrasting pieces. One or both of them being in the jazz genre. Originals or compositions. The panel of judges is made up of 7 established Niagara jazz artists of different areas of expertise with many years of experience. (Vocals, upright bass, drums, vibraphone, saxophone, trumpet and guitar.)
STEP FIVE: All winners will be contacted to schedule their performance during the 4th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival. (Festival weekend: July 28 – 30) CLICK HERE to see last year’s winners and finalists.
STEP SIX: All prizes (cash + gifts) will be presented on stage at the end of each winners’ performance.
Participants will be asked to perform one piece (3-5 minutes) and soloists will sit in with a professional jazz rhythm section. The panel of judges is made of a selection of professional jazz musicians and industry professionals.
Auditions for the selected finalists will be held at Ridley College, 2 Ridley Road,St. Catharines on Wednesday, June 7th. Submissions are open to all jazz ensembles and soloists aged 23 and under.
Selected Finalists will have a chance to perform on one of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival stages during the festival weekend (July 28 – 30, 2017) and / or at the 2nd annual ‘Music of a Charlie Brown Xmas’ on Wednesday, December 20th at the FirstOntario Performing Arts centre. (Partridge Hall)
Submission Fees for those selected to audition: (covers admin costs)
Solo: $15 / 6 piece or less: $25 for whole band / 7 piece or more: $30 for whole band
*** To be paid on site with Cash, Cheque or Credit Card ***
To register simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The TD Niagara Jazz Festival would like to thank the City of St. Catharines and Ridley College for support with this program.
2016 Jazz 4 the Ages youth Competition Winners and Finalists