Percussion Audition Requirements

Please submit a recorded (video) audition for Percussion auditions. In addition to your video audition, all applicants will have a virtual interview with the percussion faculty.

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM, BME)

Snare Drum (or Practice Pad)

Choose a solo by Cirone, Peters, Delécluse, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Keyboard

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallet marimba

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you have access to timpani for your audition, choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Alexander Lepak
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

Demonstrate the following basic style feels by playing 8 measures of time in each.

  1. Medium swing, quarter note = 112
  2. Bossa nova, quarter note = 126
  3. Mambo, half note = 100, felt in cut time
  4. Half-time funk shuffle (similar to “Rosanna” groove or Purdy shuffle), half note = 86

Demonstrate “Trading Fours” in swing style, playing 4 bars of time, followed by 4 bars of improvised solo, repeat 2-3 times, quarter note = 132.

Your video audition will include the following, in the order given. If you do not have access to a particular instrument, leave it out. Your video must be recorded in one continuous, unedited sequence.

  1. Concert Snare Drum Solo
  2. 2-mallet Marimba or Xylophone Solo
  3. 4-mallet Marimba Solo
  4. Timpani tuning (for your Solo)
  5. Timpani Solo
  6. Drum Set Styles
  7. Drum Set Trading Fours

Undergraduate applicants: click recorded audition for instructions on how to upload your video audition. All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the auditions dates. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.

If you have questions about the audition requirements or creating a recorded audition, please contact Music Admissions.

SIGHT-READING

You will also have a Zoom meeting interview with Profs. William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. 30 minutes before your meeting time, we will send you two short sight-reading excerpts, one on snare drum and one on mallets. Please think about how you will set yourself up to read this PDF well. You might want to print it or arrange your computer/tablet to see well. It will probably be too small to be read off of your phone. If you do not have access to a keyboard instrument or a piano, snare drum alone will suffice.


GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

Snare Drum

  • Concert solo of your choice showing an advanced technical and musical level (Delecluse, Martynciow, Masson or equivalent)
  • Two (2) contrasting standard orchestral snare drum excerpts

Keyboard, two mallets

  • Two mallet solo on marimba or xylophone demonstrating an advanced technical and musical level (Bach, Koshinski, Green, or equivalent)
  • Two (2) contrasting standard orchestral xylophone excerpts (played on xylophone)

Keyboard, four mallets

  • Marimba or vibraphone solo at an advanced technical and musical level

Timpani

  • Solo demonstrating an advanced understanding of technical, musical and tuning concerns (Delecluse, Hochrainer, Woud or equivalent)
  • Two (2) contrasting standard orchestral timpani excerpts

Drum Set

Demonstrate the following basic style feels by playing 8 measures of time in each.

  1. Medium swing, quarter note = 112
  2. Bossa nova, quarter note = 126
  3. Mambo, half note = 100, felt in cut time
  4. Half-time funk shuffle (similar to “Rosanna” groove or Purdy shuffle), half note = 86

Demonstrate “Trading Fours” in swing style, playing 4 bars of time, followed by 4 bars of improvised solo, repeat 2-3 times, quarter note = 132.

Multiple Percussion

  • Solo at an advanced technical and musical level

Your video audition will include the following, in the order given. If you do not have access to a particular instrument, leave it out. Your video must be recorded in one continuous, unedited sequence.

  1. Concert Snare Drum Solo
  2. Snare Drum Orchestra Excerpts
  3. 2-mallet Keyboard Solo
  4. 4-mallet Keyboard Solo
  5. Xylophone Orchestra Excerpts
  6. Timpani tuning (for your Solo)
  7. Timpani Solo
  8. Timpani Orchestra Excerpts
  9. Drum Set Styles
  10. Drum Set Trading Fours

And, as a separate video recording, a multiple percussion solo from a recent performance. Please send a .pdf of the score.

Graduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should upload the audition directly to their Graduate College application. Graduate applicants who submit a recorded audition will also register for a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the audition dates. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.​ 

SIGHT-READING

You will also have a Zoom meeting interview with Profs. William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. 30 minutes before your meeting time, we will send you two short sight-reading excerpts, one on snare drum and one on mallets. Please think about how you will set yourself up to read this PDF well. You might want to print it or arrange your computer/tablet to see well. It will probably be too small to be read off of your phone. If you do not have access to a keyboard instrument or a piano, snare drum alone will suffice.