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.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines - Updated January 12, 2022

Due to the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, final auditions will proceed in a recorded format. Please refer to the below guidelines when preparing and recording your audition.

  • Recorded auditions must consist of 15 minutes of video. The recordings may be done in 3 separate files, each in one continuous take, for snare, mallets and timpani
  • Selections must be chosen according to the final audition requirements as listed below
  • You are encouraged to play a mixture of solos/etudes and orchestral excerpts. You must include the snare roll, but otherwise may exercise your best judgment in making selections
  • We would like to hear a range of repertoire with technical and stylistic differences
  • Please upload scans of your solos and any non-standard etudes with your recordings
  • Please pay close attention to the sound quality of your recording so that the jury can accurately assess your playing

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire Options

  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.

Please upload a copy of your solos and any non-standard etudes to your 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 Audition Repertoire Options

  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 upload a copy of your solos and any non-standard etudes to your 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.