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OCDA All-State High School Jazz Ensemble 2018
JANUARY 11, 12, 13, 2018
COX Convention Center, OKC, and 1st Nazarene Church, Bethany




The 2017-2018 All-State Vocal Jazz Audition piece is Dearly Beloved, arr. Paris Rutherford. Unfortunately, Dearly Beloved has been out of print for sometime, but Hal Lenard was gracious enough to grant printing rights to Pender's Music Company. Please contact Pender's to obtain a copy. Photocopies will not be tolerated on audition day. Please bring an original OR a copy printed by Pender's Music Co. 

Please take notice of a few notes regarding the audition:

  1. Students will sing the music from beginning to end as written (no cuts). Please honor the D.S. al coda and follow the "road map" accordingly. 

  2. Students will audition as Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass. No divisi will be sung. Sopranos, please omit the Sop 2 part (middle part) wherever it is written. Females may choose to sing either C5 or C6 in final chord. 

  3. At the conclusion of his or her audition on Dearly Beloved, each student will move to the Improvisation Audition Room. In this room, each student will improvise over the "12 Bar Blues." The improvisation audition track is included in the learning materials. 

  4. Auditions will take place on November 14, 2017 in the Tom Steed Community Learning Center at Rose State College in Midwest City, OK. 

Please contact Derek Chapin (Directory) with questions concerning the All-State Jazz Audition process. 

Explanation of Judging Criteria
Voice quality (20) - does the voice align with jazz style (i.e. have minimal vibrato, use appropriate air/tone ration, navigate all parts of the range well, and perform all
      of these things in a healthful manner)?

Notes (20) - does the singer sing the correct notes?

Rhythm (20) - does the singer sing accurate rhythms?

Dynamics (10) - does the singer sing musically at both a macro and micro level (i.e. sing with correct emphasis around the swing notes, accommodate large dynamic      shifts, sing each line with direction and purpose)? 

Diction (10) - does the singer sing the words and syllables written on the page? Does the singer use appropriate vowel shape for the vocal jazz style (i.e. have shallow      space in the mouth, make much of diphthongs, and use the text to convey emotion/story)?

Intonation (10) - can the singer sing in tune? This includes fast lines, held notes, and improvisation. 

Phrasing (5) - does the singer always sing with a sense of direction? Is the direction musically appropriate and stylistically interesting? 

Jazz Style (5) - does the singer display vocal jazz ability? Does the singer perform with a sense of ease and confidence? 

Improvisation (10 per judge) - can the singer create musical thoughts and phrases that are appropriate with the set of chord changes provided? 






                                                                                                                 Clinician for 2018 HS All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble


Christine Guter (Helferich) is a jazz vocalist, pianist, and studio singer who brings a wealth of experience to our festival. She has a full, rich voice of great range and versatility. Christine primarily works as a jazz vocalist, but is versed in other music styles, including classical, pop/rock, musical theater, country, and blues.

Guter has performed extensively at concerts, festivals, colleges, and other venues in the US, Canada, and Europe. She performs frequently in Los Angeles and Orange County, and has worked with many legendary musicians.

She has worked in studio settings since 1990, and is heard on over forty Hollywood soundtracks, including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Despicable Me 2, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Lorax, Men in Black 3, Ice Age 4, Superman Returns, Beowulf, Horton Hears a Who, and Spiderman 3.

Guter is a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). She also is the lead singer in the nationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, Vocalogy.

An extraordinary educator, she is active as a guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician. She has presented many clinics, performances, and demonstrations for music education organizations and conferences, and has conducted many All-State Jazz Choirs.

Guter is on the board for the California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ), and is a member of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She serves the California ACDA as Vocal Jazz R&S Chair. She is a popular clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals and workshops throughout the US and Canada.

Christine is currently the Director of Vocal Jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. She teaches private jazz and classical voice lessons, a solo jazz vocal techniques course, class jazz piano, jazz theory, and directs the university’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time.


Derek Chapin, CHAIR: Contact info in Directory.

Link to students application form for 2017-18 HS All state jazz ensemble

DOWNLOAD THE 2018 JAZZ ENSEMBLE EMERGENCY AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM, for use after October 1, ($100.00 entry fee per student.) If you use this emergency form, inform the Chair in advance of your intention to bring students—number and voice categories.

Complete the School application form.


Download list of previous Jazz Ensemble Selections (PDF format)

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