GJCW Placement Auditions

Audition Information

Our workshop placement auditions are not competitive. They are designed to help the directors place students in a combo with other students at or near their playing ability to enhance the learning experience for all workshop participants.

Students Returning to GJCW

Starting in 2019, auditions for placement in specific combo levels for returning students will be submitted by video, and all returning students need to submit an audition video.

Please do not let any part of the audition process get in the way of your participation. If you would prefer to do an in-person audition, feel free to schedule one.

Students New to GJCW

Students who are new to the workshop will do an in-person audition at Chapin Jazz Studio in Grayslake with the directors. After registering, students will receive a link to sign up for an audition time. The directors do their best to make the auditions a fun and educational experience.

Directions for all workshop participants:

Returning Students:

  1. Decide which combo level you feel matches your current playing and improvising ability. Learn about Combo Levels
  2. Video record yourself playing and improvising over the jazz tune listed for your combo level.
  3. Save the video to a Google Drive or a Dropbox folder.
  4. Share that folder with bill@billchapinjazz.com.
  5. If you have questions about these directions, please contact Bill Chapin at bill@billchapinjazz.com

New Students:

  1. Decide which combo level you feel matches your current playing and improvising ability. Learn about Combo Levels here
  2. Practice playing and improvising over the jazz tune listed for your combo level.
  3. Sign up for an in-person audition using this online form