Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra Second Annual High School Jazz Soloist Festival

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Location - First Reformed Church in Holland

630 State St., Holland, MI


Eligibility: Performers must students be currently enrolled students at a high school in Allegan, Ottawa, Kent, or Muskegon County. Home-schooled students living in the above counties are also eligible. A regular student of any current Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra member (regardless of geographic area) is eligible. All instruments including drum set are eligible. Students should choose one primary instrument on which to perform. Anyone who meets these eligibility requirements is welcome to participate in the Festival!


Participant PoolsFestival participants will be placed into one of two pools: a 9th & 10th Grade pool and an 11th & 12th Grade pool. All students are encouraged to participate in our festival regardless of their experience level, as this Festival focuses on the HCJO mission of jazz advocacy, education, and performance opportunities for all.


Costs: Each festival participant will have a $15.00 application fee.


Repertoire: The soloist will prepare a jazz standard and a ballad, both of their choice. It is recommended that you perform selections that showcase your strengths as a musician and will make your unique musical abilities shine. Drummers should prepare to play their interpretation of the melody with the trio, play time, and solo. If you have questions on what to prepare, please e-mail Jordan VanHemert at director@hollandcjo.org. 


  • The jazz standard performed should be in a medium swing style (around 120-160 beats per minute).

  • Students will be accompanied by the HCJO rhythm section.

  • Pianists and guitarists should expect to perform as a trio with bass and drums.

  • You will name the standards that you will be performing in your application. Please be advised that changes should not take place after the application deadline.

  • Vocalists are welcome to apply and must improvise. 


Audition Time: Performers will be notified by February 28, 2020 of their performance time.


The festival will be held in the sanctuary of First Reformed Church of Holland. The festival will be open to the public. Audition times will be randomly selected and are not negotiable. Performers arriving after their scheduled audition time may be disqualified.


A warm-up space will be provided throughout the building. Although this is a public performance with a small reception following, no taping or videos are allowed during the competition (the HCJO photographer will be present). You will be encouraged to listen to the performances of your peers and join in celebrating their achievements.


Awards: One student from each of the two participant pools will have the opportunity to perform with the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra on a future concert in 2020 (Date TBD). Both of the selected participants will also receive an HCJO scholarship to engage in a professional jazz education experience to supplement their performance with the HCJO and further their jazz musicianship. Both students will be asked to participate in an on-stage interview with the Music Director and will need to sign a release for marketing materials. 


If the student is chosen to perform with the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra, the choice of music is up to the student but must have a jazz ensemble accompaniment available to HCJO and a purchase price of $100 or less. If the student's director can provide the accompaniment, that is welcome as well. If in doubt, please check availability and/or cost of jazz accompaniment by contacting the HCJO at director@hollandcjo.org ahead of your picking a solo feature. Any big band standard work featuring a solo instrument is acceptable. The work should use the standard big band instrumentation of no more than five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, and standard rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass, and drums).



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