Conservatory of Music

Percussion audition guidelines

Audition dates: Feb. 17, 24

All percussion applicants are required to audition on the following instruments.

Snare Drum

Repertoire

Undergraduate

  1. Rolls of various lengths and dynamics
  2. One etude from either Delecluse, Keiskleiriana or 12 Etudes
  3. A minimum of two orchestral excerpts. Recommended selections:
    • Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Cappriccio Espagnol
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
  4. Sight reading

Graduate

  1. Rolls of various lengths and dynamics
  2. One etude from either Delecluse, Keiskleiriana or 12 Etudes
  3. A minimum of two orchestral excerpts. Recommended selections:
    • Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Cappriccio Espagnol
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
  4. Sight reading

Mallets

Repertoire

Undergraduate

  1. All major and minor scales and arpeggios, two octaves
  2. One marimba work demonstrating two-mallet proficiency
  3. Recommended selections include Bach violin or cello pieces
  4. One marimba or vibraphone work demonstrating four-mallet proficiency. If you chose Bach for your two mallet piece, please choose a contemporary mallet solo for four-mallets
  5. Two xylophone orchestral excerpts of applicant's choice
  6. Two glockenspiel orchestral excerpts of applicant's choice
  7. Sight reading

Graduate

  1. All major and minor scales and arpeggios, two octaves
  2. One marimba work demonstrating two-mallet proficiency
  3. Recommended selections include Bach violin or cello pieces
  4. One marimba or vibraphone work demonstrating four-mallet proficiency. If you chose Bach for your two mallet piece, please choose a contemporary mallet solo for four-mallets
  5. Two xylophone orchestral excerpts of applicant's choice
  6. Two glockenspiel orchestral excerpts of applicant's choice
  7. Sight reading

Timpani

Repertoire

Undergraduate

  1. Tuning of standard intervals (4ths and 5ths etc.) as well as F major scale utilizing 32", 29", & 26" drums
  2. One etude or solo
  3. Two orchestral excerpts including one excerpt from a Beethoven Symphony of the applicant's choice
  4. Sight reading

Graduate

  1. Tuning of standard intervals (4ths and 5ths etc.) as well as F major scale utilizing 32", 29", & 26" drums
  2. One etude or solo
  3. Two orchestral excerpts including one excerpt from a Beethoven Symphony of the applicant's choice
  4. Sight reading

Accessories

Repertoire

Undergraduate

This program currently is not offered.

Graduate

A minimum of two orchestral excerpts on both tambourine and cymbals, as well as demonstration of various techniques on both instruments as requested by audition committee.

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