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Percussion Audition Requirements

All applicants will submit the following application materials based on their desired degree program. For instrument-specific audition requirements, please scroll down.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete the UNC Undergraduate Application
  • After submitting your application, upload and complete the following School of Music Checklist Items in your Bear App Portal
    • School of Music Supplementary Application, which includes
      • Virtual Interview Scheduling
      • Musical Experience
      • Contact information for 2 music recommenders
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • Video Audition

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete all Graduate School Application Requirements for your degree program and a UNC Application
    • Graduate Students will submit their audition video as part of their UNC Application.
  • After submitting your application, upload and complete the following School of Music Checklist Items in your Graduate School Admissions Portal:
    • Resume - a complete listing of your performing and work experience. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • School of Music Form - includes Virtual Interview Scheduling, musical experience, and past teachers.
    • Assistantship Letter of Experience (optional but strongly recommended) - a brief statement about your teaching or professional experience as it relates to music. Please upload a .pdf document.

Note: Accompanists are not required, but the applicant may provide one.


Percussion

Audition Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

  • Snare drum
    • Choose an etude by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or similar
  • Mallets
    • Two-mallet marimba or xylophone (choose one of the following, or equivalent)
      • J.S. Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin
      • J.S. Bach cello suites (excluding A-minor violin concerto)
      • George Hamilton Greene xylophone rag
    • Four-mallet marimba (if able)
      • Choose a four-mallet solo that allows you to show your current technical and musical ability.
  • Timpani (choose one etude from the following, or equivalent)
    • Vic Firth, Lepak, Beck, Hochrainer, or Goodman books

Audition Requirements for Master of Music

  • Snare Drum
    • Concert solo of your choice showing an advanced technical and musical level
    • Rudimental solo of your choice showing an advanced technical and musical level.
    • Two (2) standard orchestral excerpts
  • Two mallets
    • Two mallet solo on marimba or xylophone demonstrating an advanced technical of musical level
    • Two (2) standard orchestral xylophone excerpts
  • Four mallets
    • Choose a four-mallet solo that allows you to show your current technical and musical ability.
  • Timpani
    • Choose one etude from the following, or equivalent: Vic Firth, Lepak, Beck, Hochrainer, or Goodman books
    • Solo demonstrating an advanced understanding of technical and tuning abilities
    • Two (2) standard orchestral timpani excerpts
  • World music
    • Optional demonstration of world-music knowledge and skills

Audition Requirements for Doctor of Arts and Graduate Performance Certificate

  • Snare drum
    • Solos in concert and rudimental styles demonstrating a high level of technical and musical understanding.
    • Three (3) standard orchestral snare drum excerpts
  • Two mallets
    • Two-mallet solo(s) demonstrating a professional technical and musical understanding.
    • Three (3) standard excerpts for mallets (xylophone or glockenspiel)
  • Four mallets
    • Contemporary concerto, solo on marimba or vibraphone demonstrating a high level of technical and musical understanding.
  • Timpani
    • Solo piece showing professional-level understanding of tuning and technique
    • Standard orchestral timpani excerpts from at least five (5) separate works
  • Multiple percussion
    • At least 5 minutes of a multiple percussion solo of your choice uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
    • Please email video link to julie.strom@unco.edu before audition.
  • Chamber Music
    • Optional - links can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and emailed to julie.strom@unco.edu before audition.
  • World music
    • Optional - Self-arranged piece demonstrating style(s)/techniques of non-western music

Contact:

Julie Strom, Julie.Strom@unco.edu