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Cadence Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Cadence Vocal Jazz Ensemble Spring 2018CADENCE is Grossmont College’s Vocal Jazz ensemble that focuses on learning ensemble repertoire and performance skills. Consisting of 7-12 auditioned singers and a 3-piece band, the ensemble performs standard and contemporary jazz repertoire. Basic musical concepts of improvisation, solo, and larger ensemble performance are incorporated into this course offering. As part of the performing and rehearsal environment, Cadence regularly works with its own jazz instrumental combo, providing ensemble, combo, and soloist opportunities for ensemble members.

Public performance is required. Performing 2-3 times a semester, past venues include the CMEA Festival, Oceanside Jazz Festival, PLNU Vocal Jazz Festival, and Dizzys Jazz Club.

Audition Requirements
All interested students should be present at the beginning for a short informational meeting, which will be followed by individual auditions and interviews. 

Audition dates and times are as follows...
Tues Jan 29th 5:30-7:00pm Rm 221 Vocal Auditions
Thurs Jan 31st 5:30-7:00pm Rm 221 CALLBACK Vocal Auditions

Vocalists: bring a solo piece to sing (preferably jazz, but it can be anything non-classical). Your audition will be accompanied on piano (a cappella singing is not permitted).

Instrumentalists: (Rhythm section – piano/guitar/bass/drums) bring a jazz standard of your choice to play. It is preferred that you are able to play the melody, ‘comp’ changes, and take a short solo. Please contact the director for an audition.

Thurs, Jan 31 - Vocal CALLBACK Auditions 5:30-6:50pm (Rm 221 Music Bldg 26)

FALL 2018:  Class rehearsals will focus on ensemble group singing in a cappella format and accompanied by rhythm section.
Sign up here!

For more info, please feel free to contact Melonie Grinnell, director at or the music dept. at (619) 644-7254.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Why can’t I register for the class yet?
There is no pre-registration for the class, permission numbers will be only given out to students who complete the audition and are invited to become members of the Cadence Vocal Jazz Program.

Do I have to sing or play in front of other people?
The first round of auditions and interviews will not be held in front of other students, just with the director. Auditions will be videotaped for director reference only. Bring something to sing or play and the director will accompany you on piano. If you are invited to the callback, that process will take place with other students participating.

When will the callback list be posted?
The callback list will be determined by Wednesday at noon, after all first round auditions have been completed. If your name is on the list, you will be given a short excerpt of vocal jazz ensemble music to learn for Thursday’s callback. The callback list will be emailed, and also on the board outside of Rm. 223 and 230H (Music Building). All callback vocalists should be present Thursday at 5:30PM. Final audition results will be posted and permission numbers to register will be distributed no earlier than the first Friday of classes.

What can I do to prepare myself for my audition?
•Make sure you have checked out the Audition Information.
•LISTEN to as much jazz as you can - both instrumental and vocal. Check out for a free jazz radio station online, or the KSDS app.
•Select an audition song from and obtain the sheet music.
•Consider downloading the iRealb app to practice with automatic accompaniment.

We are very much looking forward to your audition - good luck!

Last Updated: 01/10/2019

Spring 2017 Performance Schedule subject to change

  • February - quad performances on campus for Black History Month
  • PLNU Vocal Jazz Festival (~Mar 18)
  • 11th Annual Oceanside Vocal Jazz Festival (Apr 7-8)
  • Spring Vocal Jazz Concert (~May 7)
  • TBA Collaborations w/ Grossmont College Jazz Ensemble
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  • Cuyamaca
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