Prescreening recordings are required only for doctoral (DMA) and Artist Diploma applicants. For these programs, prescreening repertoire requirements are the same as the live audition requirements. For Artist Diploma applicants, prescreening and audition requirements may be found in the Artist Diploma audition requirements page. Please refer to the recording guidelines section of our general Audition Requirements page for information about uploading your prescreening recording files to our digital audition portal at DecisionDesk.
Live Audition Requirements
Applicants should prepare a solo in each of four categories:
- 2 Mallet
- 4 Mallet
The mallet selections should be chosen for musical content and technical difficulty. Applicants may also be asked to demonstrate scales and arpeggios. The snare drum selection should clearly demonstrate your level of technical ability. Rudiments and orchestral rolls at different dynamics may be asked as well. Applicants should be prepared to sight-read on any instrument.
Applicants should demonstrate a high level of performance on timpani, mallets (two and four mallets) and snare drum. Be prepared to play an advanced solo in each category as well as up to 4 excerpts from the standard repertoire in each category.
- Timpani - Carter Etudes
- Mallets - Stout Two Mexican Dances
- Snare - Studies by Delecluse