Graduate Percussion Audition Requirements

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Unless specified, prescreen requirements are the same as listed below. 

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.