Audition Repertory for Percussion


Note: Percussion applicants may audition live in Boston or submit a video recording online.  Regional auditions are not possible as percussion equipment is not available at regional audition sites.

Applicants should prepare original solo works, appropriate transcriptions, and études or studies. Suggestions of specific compositions and examples of the literature appropriate for an audition are listed below. Where the requirements allow substitutions, percussionists should consider works demonstrating rhythm, supple wrist manipulation, and correct physical stance (such as are required for playing mallet instruments).

Three separate compositions should be performed, one each on timpani, snare drum, and mallet instrument. The difficulty level should equal that in the following studies: snare drum, Godenberg or Cirone; mallets, Goldberg or Gates; timpani, Goodman or Friese. Sight reading may also be given.

MM & Performance Diploma

Applicants should prepare four solo pieces, utlizing the following instruments: snare drum, timpani, 2 and 4 mallet. In additiona, applicants should prepare three to five excerpts from the classical orchestral repertoire on snare drum, mallets, and timpani.

DMA & Artist Diploma

Applicants should prepare material equivalent to a master’s-level recital program.