Percussion Audition Repertoire

Prescreening recordings are required for all applicants. DMA prescreening repertoire requirements are the same as the live audition requirements. Artist Diploma requirements are found on the Artist Diploma page. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application.

Live Audition Dates:

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Friday, Febuary 11, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

Undergraduate

Prescreening:

  1. Snare Drum – Delecluse Etude No. 1 from 12 Etudes pour caisse claire. Play from beginning to downbeat of measure 46.
  2. Two Mallets – Any movement from J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin or Suites for solo cello, no repeats.
  3. Timpani – Goodman Modern Method for Timpani – Etude #57.

Live Audition:

  1. Snare solo or etude
  2. Demonstrate a long snare drum roll: crescendo from pp to ff, then diminuendo back down to pp over 20 seconds
  3. Two Mallets solo or etude
  4. Four Mallets solo or etude
  5. Timpani solo or etude

The snare drum selection should clearly demonstrate your level of technical ability. The mallet selections should be chosen for musical content and technical difficulty. Applicants may also be asked to demonstrate scales and arpeggios. Rudiments and orchestral rolls at different dynamics may be asked as well. Applicants should be prepared to sight-read on any instrument.

Please bring an extra copy of your solos and any non-standard etudes to your audition. For those opting for a final recorded audition, these should be uploaded to the application in the audition materials section of the Program Information page.

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Graduate

Prescreening:

  1. Snare Drum – Delecluse Etude No. 1 from 12 Etudes pour caisse claire. Play from beginning to downbeat of measure 46.
  2. Two Mallets – Any movement from J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin or Suites for solo cello, no repeats.
  3. Four Mallets – A 2–3 minute excerpt from a work of your choice.
  4. Timpani – Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4. First movement, 2 before T to 3 before U.

Live Audition:

  1. 2 Snare etudes, with one of them in the rudimental style (Studies by Delecluse, Pratt, Tompkins or something of similar difficulty)
  2. Snare excerpts – 3 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire 
  3. Demonstrate a long snare drum roll: crescendo from pp to ff, then diminuendo back down to pp over 20 seconds
  4. Two Mallets solo
  5. Four Mallets solo 
  6. Mallet excerpts – 3 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
  7. Timpani etude (Hochrainer, Delecluse, Woud or something of similar difficulty)
  8. Timpani excerpts – 3 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire

Please bring an extra copy of your solos and any non-standard etudes to your audition. For those opting for a final recorded audition, these should be uploaded to the application in the audition materials section of the Program Information page.

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Final Recorded Auditions (video only)

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music, Tufts/NEC Five-Year Dual-Degree, Master of Music, and Graduate Diploma will be offered equal consideration for both recorded auditions and in-person auditions. Due to the selective nature of our Doctor of Musical Arts and Harvard/NEC Five-Year Dual Degree programs, applicants to those programs must present a live audition on campus.

If a prescreening recording is required of your intended major or program, you must submit this as a part of the online application. If you pass the prescreening round, you will be invited to submit a final video audition recording in January. Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for live auditions. Full pieces, with accompaniment when appropriate, should be submitted, unless otherwise indicated. Final audition video recordings are due by February 1, but all other application and supporting materials, including prescreening if required, are due by December 1. No recording will be reviewed without a completed application.