Audition & Program Requirements

Master 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

Prescreening required. 

Audition unaccompanied.

For Prescreening and Final Audition:

Both prescreening and final audition will ideally include selections for: snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, and tambourine, and MUST include both solo repertoire AND orchestral excerpts. Sight-reading is required at the final audition.

Snare Drum
•    Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
•    One orchestral snare drum étude
•    One rudimental snare drum étude by Pratt or Wilcoxin

Xylophone
•    Two orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire

Timpani
•    Two orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire

Marimba 
NOTE: Listed repertoire is not required; pieces of similar difficulty will be accepted.

  • One 4-mallet piece in contemporary style

Suggested 4-mallet pieces:

  • Sueyoshi, Mirage
  • Schwantner, Velocities
  • Stout,  Sedimental Structures
  • Thomas, Merlin (2nd movement)
  • Lansky, Three Moves (3rd movement: Slide)
  • Miyoshi, Ripple

Tambourine
•    One orchestral excerpt from the standard repertoire
 

Other Degrees

Bachelor of Music: Percussion