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Auditions: Graduate/Certificate - Percussion

​Applicants have a choice between two audition formats: in person auditions or recorded submissions. Though recorded auditions are accepted, we strongly encourage applicants to audition on campus to benefit from the in-person experience of meeting our faculty and seeing our facilities.

Audition Repertoire

Graduate Auditions should feature one selection each on snare drum, timpani, 2 mallet marimba & 4 mallet marimba and include orchestral excerpts. All students are asked to bring three copies of their music with them to the audition.

Snare Drum

- Concert Solo (comparable to Delecluse Douze Etudes, Keiskleiriana, etc.)

- Rudimental Solo (comparable to Wilcoxon All-American Drummer, Tompkins French-American Rudimental Solos, or Pratt 14 Modern Contest Solos)

- 3 Orchestral Excerpts​

Marimba
- 2 AND 4 mallet Solos (Bach Violin Sonata, Partita, or Cello Suite is recommended for one of your selections)

Timpani
- 4 drum timpani etude/solo from Vic Firth's Solo Timpanist, Richard Hochrainer's Etuden Fur Timpani (Book 2 or 3) or a comparable work
- 3 orchestral excerpts

Xylophone
- 3 orchestral excerpts

Glockenspiel
- 3 orchestral excerpts

Tambourine
- 2 orchestral excerpts

Cymbals
- 2 orchestral excerpts​



Recorded Interview Questions (only applicable to those who select a recorded submission to audition)

​Please upload a video that is no longer than 2-3 minutes and responds to the below questions:
-       What is your musical background?
-       Why are you applying to DePaul?​​