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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Percussion



Professor Ayano Kataoka,

Live Audition Requirements

Please prepare solos/etudes for ALL of the instruments listed below:

  • Snare Drum - solo or etude (i.e. Cirone, Delecluse) AND a rudimental solo (e.g. Wilcoxon, Pratt)
  • Mallets - solo for two mallets (choose one of the following, or a piece of similar difficulty)
    • J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, a movement from the Cello Suites
    • A ragtime solo by George Hamilton Green
    • Goldenberg: choose one-page of etude(s) from 39 etudes in Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone (page 62-93)
  • Mallets - solo for four mallets to demonstrate your current skill level both technically and musically (e.g. Stout, Abe, Sammut, Musser, Bach, Peters)
  • Timpani - solo or etude (e.g. Firth, Goodman, Carter, Carroll, Whaley)

The following technical exercises will be administered at the audition:

  • Sight-reading on various percussion instruments
  • Demonstrate any/all major and minor scales on mallet instruments
  • Tuning on timpani (if applicable)

Remote Audition Requirements

All Remote Auditions require faculty approval. Please see the Note Concerning Remote Auditions for further information.

Please prepare the pieces outlined in the Live Audition Requirements for an audition held live via Zoom. Email to set up a date and time.