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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
      • PLEASE NOTE: all audition videos must be upload to the portfolio section of your portal at the same time. After saving your submission, you will no longer have access to the portfolio. If at any time you need to edit your portfolio contents, please email Music@unco.edu

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete all Graduate School Application Requirements for your degree program and a UNC Application
    • Graduate Students will submit audition videos in the portfolio as part of the 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