Prepare to Audition In Person 

Percussion

Those applying in Percussion must audition on both a keyboard instrument (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba) and a non-keyboard instrument (multiple percussion, timpani, snare, drum set).  

If selected to audition in person as a Percussion finalist, an applicant must audition on the same two instruments as their digital submission. A finalist's Prepared Ensemble Excerpt and Personal Solo must both correspond to the instruments in which the finalist initially applied (e.g. a student who submitted an application in xylophone and timpani cannot audition on marimba and drum set).

Auditions in Percussion will last up to 20 minutes per applicant. Here's what to expect.

Set Up & Warm Up
All Percussion applicants are permitted time to set up, position and remove their personal instruments.  Applicants may play a few warm up notes not to exceed 30 seconds per instrument. 

Prepared Ensemble Excerpt
All Percussion applicants will play 2 prepared ensemble excerpts; one for a keyboard instrument (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba) and one for a non-keyboard instrument (multiple percussion, timpani, snare, drum set). 


These pieces:

  • will be selected by the adjudicators
  • will be posted
  • will be posted here on the GSA website by February 28

  • should be used while auditoning
  • will total 1 minute per piece/per instrument
  • can be interrupted at any time by the adjudicators 


Personal Solo
All Percussion applicants will play 2 personal solos; one for a keyboard instrument (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba) and one for a non-keyboard instrument (multiple percussion, timpani, snare, drum set). All applicants must furnish the adjudicators with  an original of their music, even if the piece is an original composition. Students are also permitted to furnish a duplicate of the music if it is in the public domain (e.g. free music printed from the IMSLP website). Applicants may use a duplicated copy for themselves at audition time. No accompaniment (live, recorded or electronic) is allowed.

These pieces:

  • will be selected by the student
  • can be the same or different pieces as the digital submission
  • should be used while auditioning
  • will total 6 -10 minutes for both instruments (3 -5 minutes per instrument)
  • can be interrupted at any time by the adjudicators 

 

Sight Reading
All Percussion applicants will perform both a rhythmic sight reading and a melodic sight reading. 

Both readings will be furnished by the adjudicators  at the time of audition.

  • For the rhythm only sight reading, applicants will have 15 seconds to practice on each instrument, and then 15 seconds to perform on each instrument.
  • For the melodic sight reading, applicants will have 30 seconds to practice on each instrument, and then 30 seconds to perform on each instrument.


Interview

All Percussion applicants will participate in a brief interview with the adjudicators, totaling approximately 2-4 minutes.






Special Notes for Percussionists

  • Percussion applicants must furnish their own instruments (with the exception of timpani or a keyboard percussion instrument which can be provided only if the applicant notifies GSA administration by March 6).
  • Applicants may choose to bring their own keyboard instruments if they desire.
  • If utilizing a marimba, please note that the marimba provided at the audition site is 4 1/3 octaves. If your solo requires a larger marimba, you will need to provide your own instrument.
  • Percussionists are expected to bring their own sticks and mallets corresponding to their audition instrument(s), including sticks for drum set (if applicable). All percussionists are asked additionally to bring sticks appropriate for snare drum.