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Suggested Repertoire -- Auditions

Percussion


Incoming Freshmen:

1.   Scales    

a)   Auditioning student may be asked to play all major scales and arpeggios on the xylophone or marimba.


2.   TWO prepared solos (memorization optional) demonstrating the student’s musical and technical abilities on concert/orchestral snare drum (NOT marching/rudimental), and keyboard/mallet percussion (4-mallet technique encouraged but not required).  An additional solo/etude on timpani and/or multiple percussion is fine, but not a requirement.  Entrance auditions on percussion should, at minimum, be equal to or exceed the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list.  See www.wsmamusic.com under Festival Music List for possible repertoire suggestions.

3.   Sight-reading required in all areas of percussion performance.

4.   Students are required to bring CONCERT size snare drum sticks, one pair medium mallets, and one pair timpani sticks.  Concert snare drum, mallet instruments, small percussion, and timpani will be furnished at the audition site if needed.  Please contact Dr. Crowell at least 5 days before the audition with any equipment requests so as to have the correct instruments in place for your audition time.


Transfer Students:

1.   Scales

a)   All major scales and arpeggios required on marimba.


2.   THREE prepared solos (memorization optional) demonstrating the student’s musical and technical abilities on concert/orchestral snare drum (NOT marching/rudimental), keyboard/mallet percussion (4-mallet technique encouraged but not required), and timpani.  An additional solo/etude on multiple percussion is fine, but not a requirement.  Transfer auditions on percussion should exceed the performance proficiency required for Class A solos on the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Contest list.  If repertoire suggestions are needed please contact Dr. Crowell.

3.   Sight-reading required in all areas of percussion performance.

4.   Students are required to bring CONCERT size snare drum sticks, one pair medium mallets, and one pair timpani sticks.  Concert snare drum, mallet instruments, small percussion, and timpani will be furnished at the audition site if needed.  Please contact Dr. Crowell at least 5 days before the audition with any equipment requests so as to have the correct instruments in place for your audition time.


If you have any questions regarding the percussion audition process, please contact Dr. Crowell at croweljw@uwec.edu.  

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