Audition & Program Requirements

Bachelor of Music: Percussion

Fall 2022 audition format update: Auditions will be entirely virtual. Percussion applicants will audition live on Zoom and also submit audition repertoire recordings by February 15. Audition recordings must be submitted via the applicant's status portal. Posted 1/13/22

No prescreening; audition unaccompanied.

For Final Audition:

The audition should include snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion. Sight-reading during the live audition may be required.

Suggested Repertoire:

NOTE: Listed repertoire is not required; any piece of similar difficulty will be accepted.

Snare Drum
•    One orchestral snare drum étude, such as:
o    Delécluse 12 Études
o    Peters Advanced Studies for Snare Drum 
•    One rudimental piece by Pratt, Wilcoxon, or other studies

•    One timpani solo, such as:
o    Two-drum or Three-drum Étude by Hochrainer
o    Solo/étude by Duncan Patton or Nick Woud

Keyboard Percussion (2 and 4 mallets)
•    One 2-mallet piece on marimba or xylophone, such as:
o    Bach, any fast movement from Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
o    Creston, Concertino for Marimba (1st or 3rd movement) 
o    Musser,  A-flat étude 
o    Kreisler, Tambourin Chinois  
o    Any xylophone rag

•    One 4-mallet piece on marimba, such as:
o    Tanaka, Two Movements for Marimba (1st movement)
o    Burritt, October Night (2nd movement)
o    Stout, Astral Dance or Mexican Dance (2nd movement) 
o    Sammut, Caméléon 
o    Druckman, Reflections on the Nature of Water (2nd or 6th movement)
o    Schuller, Marimbology (4th movement)

Other Degrees

Master of Music: Percussion