Chadron State College Percussion Studio

Audition Information

An audition is not required for entry into the program but is strongly encouraged.  An audition is required to be considered for a scholarship.  The audition helps us to assess your current skills and develop a tailored curriculum especially for you.

Suggested audition repertoire includes published music from method books, etude books, or solos.  Percussion auditions should include a prepared piece for snare drum at a minimum, and also a short piece or excerpt on xylophone or marimba, and/or drum set.  A prepared piece on timpani would be ideal if possible.

 

A guideline for appropriate repertoire could include the following:


Snare Drum:

           

            Garwood Whaley - Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer

            Anthony Cirone – Portraits in Rhythm
           Mitchell Peters – Advanced Snare Drum Studies

            Vic Firth - Advanced Snare Drum Etudes
           Wilcoxon – The All-American Drummer 150 solos


Marimba:

            Mitchel Peters – Yellow After the Rain
           Alice Gomez – Raindance and Mbira Song
           Ney Rosauro – 3 Preludes
           Musser etudes

 

Xylophone:

           

            Etudes from The Modern School by Morris Goldenberg

            Orchestral excerpts

                        The Golden Age Polka, Shostakovich

                         Firebird, Stravinsky

                         Colas Bruegnon, Kabalevski

                         Porgy and Bess, Gershwin


Timpani:

            Orchestral excerpts
           Study from Saul Goodman – Modern Method for Timpani
           Study from Friese –Lepak – Timpani Method

 

Scales:

           Demonstrate scales on keyboard using the following pattern in the major keys of C, G, D, A, F, Bb, Eb.