Percussion Audition Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM, BME)

Prospective students will be evaluated on their skills of tone production, intonation, musicality, rhythmic accuracy, technical proficiency, sight reading, and overall musical experience. The student will be asked to perform a solo or etude of moderate difficulty in each of the following instrumental areas: Snare Drum* (concert style), Marimba or Xylophone, Timpani*, and Drum Set (a demonstration of time-keeping in contrasting styles of swing, bossa nova, mambo, and 1/2-time funk shuffle, plus trading fours in up-tempo swing will suffice on drum set; a prepared solo is not required). Each applicant must also demonstrate sight-reading ability on snare drum and marimba. Please bring one (1) copy of your audition music for the panel.

*We recommend the following selections for auditions, however, comparable alternates may be performed: Cirone: Portraits in Rhythm (Snare Drum) and Etude #1 from Hochrainer: Etudes for Timpani, Vol. 3.

If you plan to submit a recorded audition in lieu of coming to campus, please contact Professor William Moersch for further instructions.


GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (MM, DMA)

Applicants for the MM degree or DMA degree must perform one major solo in each of the following instrumental areas: Snare Drum (concert style), Marimba, Timpani, Multiple-Percussion (an audio recording and score of a recent solo performance will satisfy this requirement), and Drum Set (a demonstration of time-keeping in contrasting styles of swing, bossa nova, mambo, and 1/2-time funk shuffle, plus trading fours in up-tempo swing will suffice on drum set; a prepared solo is not required). In addition, each applicant must prepare contrasting orchestral excerpts for snare drum (2), xylophone (2), and timpani (4), and demonstrate sight-reading ability on snare drum and marimba. Please bring one (1) copy of your audition music for the panel.

The School of Music will provide instruments for the on-campus audition. Percussion applicants are not eligible to audition at National Audition locations.

Applicants seeking financial aid in the form of an assistantship or fellowship must audition on-campus.

If you plan to submit a recorded audition in lieu of coming to campus, please contact Professor William Moersch for further instructions.