Undergraduate Audition

Below are the audition requirements and suggested pieces/books for each percussion instrument. Original copies and/or books must be used at the audition. Please bring all necessary sticks and mallets and an A tuning fork.

Snare Drum

The applicant should prepare one snare drum solo or etude in concert style. Suggestions for repertoire include:

  • Peters, Intermediate Snare Drum Studies
                  Advanced Snare Drum Studies
  • Cirone, Portraits in Rhythm
  • Goldenberg, Modern School for Snare Drum
  • Delecluse, Twelve Etudes for Snare Drum

A rudimental solo is STRONGLY encouraged but not required. Suggestions include:

  • Wilcoxon, Modern Rudimental Swing Solos
  • Solos by Pratt, Hurley, Markovich, Wooten, etc.
The applicant should be prepared to perform any of the 40 PAS Rudiments in open-closed-open style. 

Keyboard Percussion

The applicant should prepare one two-mallet and one four-mallet keyboard percussion solo. Suggestions include:


  • Green, Rags, eg. Valse Brilliante, Ragtime Robin


  • Bach, Cello Suites                               
  • Smadbeck, Rhythm Song                             
  • Gomez, Rain Dance
  • Peters, Yellow After the Rain                     
  • Miyoshi, Conversation
  • Abe, Michi, Dream of the Cherry Blossoms


The applicant should prepare one solo or several short etudes for timpani. Suggestions include:

  • Hochrainer, Etudes for Timpani, book 1
  • Goodman, Modern Method for Tympani, roll and muffling etudes
  • Firth, The Solo Timpanist 
  • Igelsrud, Soundings
  • Carter, Saeta, March                  


Potential jazz majors as well as concert-style percussion should prepare 3-5 styles on drumset. Be prepared to solo and comp. within these styles.

The applicant may be asked to sight-read on any instrument. Students must bring all music, mallets, and a tuning fork to the audition.