Percussion Audition Repertoire

Live auditions at NEC are required for all Percussion applicants living in North America, as well as all applicants to the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, DMA, and Artist Diploma programs regardless of their country of residence.

Prescreening Recording

Prescreening recordings are required 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.

Repertoire and Audition Dates

Live Audition Dates

February 28, 2020
February 29, 2020

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:

Applicants should prepare a solo in each of four categories:

  1. Snare
  2. Two Mallets
  3. Four Mallets
  4. Timpani 

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.

 

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:

Applicants should prepare all of the following:

  • Snare solo (Studies by Delecluse or something of similar difficulty)
  • Snare excerpts – 4 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
  • Two Mallets solo
  • Four Mallets solo (Stout Two Mexican Dances or something of similar difficulty)
  • Mallet excerpts – 4 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
  • Timpani solo (Carter Etudes or something of similar difficulty)
  • Timpani excerpts – 4 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
 

Final Recorded Auditions (video only)

Applicants residing outside of North America who are not applying to the Artist Diploma, DMA, or Harvard/NEC dual degree programs may be considered for admission based on the submission of a final recorded audition. Given the competitive nature of our programs, applicants are strongly encouraged to present a live audition at NEC.

Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for live auditions. Final audition video recordings are due by February 1, but all other application and supporting materials are due by December 1. No recording will be reviewed without a completed application.