Graduate Percussion Audition Requirements

Applicants for Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts

Snare Drum

  • Demonstrate roll in various dynamics (pp crescendo to FF and decrescendo to pp)
  • Perform both: a Concert etude and a rudimental solo of significant musical sophistication and technical difficulty

Keyboard Percussion

  • 4 Mallet solos or movements for Marimba or Vibraphone of significant musical sophistication and technical difficulty (duration ca. 10 minutes)

Orchestral Percussion (Section 1) OR Multiple Percussion (Section 2)

Section 1 Orchestral

  • Timpani: 4 standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire
  • Snare Drum: 5 standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire
  • Xylophone: 4 standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire
  • Glockenspiel: 3 standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire
  • Tambourine: 2 standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire
  • Cymbals: 2 standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire

Section 2 Solo

  • One Multi-Percussion solo or movement of significant musical sophistication and technical difficulty (duration ca. 10 minutes):
    • Xylophone: Messaien L’Oiseaux Exotiques (reh. 6-7 and reh. 26-28)
    • Tambourine: Dvorak Carnival Overture
    • Cymbals: Tchaikovsky Overture to Romeo and Julliette

Timpani

  • One solo of significant musical sophistication and technical difficulty (duration ca. 5 minutes)

Applicants for Artist Diploma

Snare Drum

  • Two Concert etudes from Douze Etudes pour Caisse-Claire by Jacques Delecluse. Requirement: Etude no. 9

Keyboard Percussion

  • 4 Mallet Contemporary Solo (or movements) for Marimba or Vibraphone of significant musical sophistication and technical difficulty (duration ca. 10 minutes)

Timpani

  • Two solos from Eight Pieces for Timpani by Elliott Carter

Free Choice

Choose one of the options below:

  • Option 1: One multi-percussion, theatrical percussion, or keyboard solo chosen by the applicant, further revealing their musical taste and personality
  • Option 2: 20 standard orchestral excerpts played on at least 5 different disciplines. Repertoire is to be chosen by the applicant
For scholarship and teaching assistantship consideration, all applicants must audition live on-campus.