Percussion Audition Repertoire

Audition recordings are required for all applicants to NEC. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your recording files as part of your online application.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

Undergraduate

Applicants should perform all of the following:

  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 are not required to record the repertoire all in one take and can feel free to use multiple tracks.

Please include scores for your solos and any non-standard etudes in your application. These should be uploaded 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

Applicants should perform all of the following:

  1. 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

Applicants are not required to record the repertoire all in one take and can feel free to use multiple tracks.

Please include scores for your solos and any non-standard etudes in your application. These should be uploaded 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.