Aaron Hilden Memorial Jazz Scholarship

This scholarship awarded annually in memory of Aaron Hilden, jazz education and musician, to a qualifying student who participates in a jazz performance ensemble for one full year during their course of study, regardless of major, at Normandale Community College. 

Audition material may vary based upon instrument, but at a minimum will include:

All instruments: 

  1. Improvisation
          a) 12-bar blues in concert F and Bb (accompaniment provided)
          b) One jazz standard of applicant's choice (accompaniment not provided)
  2. Sight-reading

Rhythm section instruments will also be asked to demonstrate the following:

  1. Guitar, piano, vibraphone: Comping over F and Bb blues, and a jazz standard of applicant's choice
  2. Bass: Walk a bass line over F and Bb blues, and a jazz standard fo applicant's choice
  3. Drums: Demonstrate patterns and fills multiple styles - Swing, bossa nova, samba, funk