Studio audition requirements

The specific repertoire you audition with is your choice. This helps us get a sense of your preferences and unique musical personality. We highly encourage you to choose repertoire that you feel you can master and perform extremely well. We would rather hear an amazing performance of a less difficult piece than an OK performance of a more difficult piece. 

An accompanist is neither required nor provided. You may bring an accompanist at your own discretion.

Link for application - www.music.msu.edu/admissions


Undergraduate

        Snare solo or etude, symphonic / orchestral style

        Snare solo or etude, rudimental / traditional

        Four-mallet solo

        Two-mallet solo

        Timpani solo or etude

        Sight-reading on snare drum and keyboard

        Tuning on timpani


Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts and Performance Diploma

Applicants are required to submit a prescreening recording by December 1 (audio and video required). The recording quality must be sufficient to make a reasonable judgment of ability. Recordings will be reviewed by a committee from the percussion area beginning the week following the December 1 deadline. You will be notified via email as to whether or not you have been invited for a live audition. Recordings received after December 1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Prescreening Recording:

        Keyboard

        Significant solo repertoire

        Timpani

        Advanced solo or etude

        One orchestral excerpt

        Snare drum

        Advanced solo or etude

        One orchestral excerpt

        Optional

        Demonstrate other areas of expertise (e.g., multiple percussion, drum set, hand drumming..etc)

Live Audition:

        Keyboard

        Two pieces selected from significant solo repertoire.  At least one must be 4-mallets.

        Two xylophone excerpts

        Timpani

        Advanced solo or etude

        Two orchestral excerpts

        Snare drum

        Advanced solo or etude

        Two orchestral excerpts

        Multiple percussion

        Please send a video of a performance in advance of the live audition or bring a video to your live audition.

        Be prepared for sight reading and timpani tuning exercises         

        Optional: Demonstrate other areas of expertise (e.g., drum set, hand drumming)

 

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