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SCHOOL OF MUSIC - PERCUSSION

Application and Audition Process


Prospective students interested in learning more about the School of Music may schedule a campus visit.  A campus visit is a good way to get a sense of everyday life at WSU, sit in on a rehearsal or an academic class, and get to know current students and faculty prior to your audition day visit. Please contact Prof. Scholl in advance of your arrival to make an appointment.

To schedule an audition, please complete this form.


Undergraduate Auditions

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the areas described below. You are encouraged to program creatively so as to represent your skills well, and also demonstrate something unique about yourself as a musician.

Instrumental auditions must be performed without accompaniment.


Snare Drum

  • Roll various dynamics
  • Concert etude/ contest solo. Suggested composers: Délécluse, Cirone, Aleo, Peters.
  • Optional addition: Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Tompkins, Wilcoxon.


Mallets (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone—your choice)

  • Two-mallet solo. Contest solo or suggested composers: Bach (preferably from Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin OR Suites for Unaccompanied Cello), Fritz Kreisler, or G. H. Green, Musser
  • Optional but recommended: Four-mallet solo.

For suggestions, see recommended solos below.

Note: For two-mallet and/or four-mallet solo, creative adaptations of any other composers' works are most welcome. In general, pieces with tempo fluctuations and a variety of rhythms and characters are preferred over perpetual motion pieces.


Timpani

  • Contest solo or suggested composers:  Woud, Hochrainer, Firth, Délécluse, Lepak, Carter. Note: Etudes that demonstrate standard orchestral timpani musicianship (e.g., Woud or Hochrainer etudes) are preferred over Carter solos.
  • Drum Set (optional)
  • Contest solo or show a variety of styles including – Medium Swing, Swing in ¾, Bossa Nova, Rock ,and Funk.

 

Graduate/GTA Auditions


Graduate Teaching Assistant and member of the Wichita Symphony’s percussion section.
Our GTA position is the only one of it’s kind in the United States. If accepted as WSU’s GTA you will not only receive vital training, but enjoy the ultimate in opportunities as both a teacher and a professional performer. For those interested in the GTA program, the role includes a two year experience performing as a professional percussionist with a professional ROPA Orchestra, (The Wichita Symphony Orchestra) please contact Professor Scholl for details.

Instrumental auditions must be performed without accompaniment.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the areas described below. You are encouraged to program creatively so as to represent your skills well, and also demonstrate something unique about yourself as a musician.


Snare Drum/Multi-percussion

  • Roll various dynamics
  • Concert solo from recital or suggested composers: Délécluse, Cirone, Aleo, Peters.
  • Optional addition: Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Tompkins, Wilcoxon, and/or Multi-percussion solo – suggested composers: Xenakis, Cage, Kraft etc.
  • Three standard snare excerpts that show versatility on the instrument


Mallets (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone—your choice)

  • Two-mallet solo from Senior Recital or Suggested composers: Bach (preferably from Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin OR Suites for Unaccompanied Cello), Fritz Kreisler, or G. H. Green, Musser
  • Four-mallet solo from Senior Recital or suggestions, see recommended solos below
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts on xylophone and two on glockenspiel

Note: For two-mallet and/or four-mallet solo, creative adaptations of any other composers' works are most welcome. In general, pieces with tempo fluctuations and a variety of rhythms and characters are preferred over perpetual motion pieces.

 

Timpani

  • Senior recital solo or suggested composers:  Woud, Hochrainer, Firth, Délécluse, Lepak, Carter.
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts


Drum Set (optional)

  • Show a variety of styles including – Medium Swing, Swing in ¾, Bossa Nova, Rock and Funk.  And brush work

Four Mallets Suggested Solo repertoire


Beginner
Carulli, Ferdinando  Andante (transcr. Kite)
Peters, Mitchell   Sea Refractions
Peters, Mitchell   Waves
Pimental, L./Moore, J.  The Solo Marimbist, Vol. 1

Beginner to Intermediate
Brown, Thomas A.  Mexican Murals
DeLancey, Charles  Rosewood Blues
Gomez, Alice   Marimba Flamenca
Gottry, Josh   Irrelevant
Houliff, Murray   Two Pieces
Pimental, L./Moore, J.  The Solo Marimbist, Vol. 2
Rosauro, Ney   Seven Brazilian Children Songs
Tyson, Blake   A cricket sang and set the sun
Wittiber, Benjamin  Autumn Marimba
Zeltsman, Nancy   Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nebojsa J.  Funny Mallets, Book 1

Intermediate
Bergamo, John   Five Short Pieces for Marimba
Cotto, Orlando   Marimba For An Angel
Finley, Benjamin   Evergreen
Glennie, Evelyn   Three Chorales
O’Meara, Rich   Restless
Romanski, Kevin  Life on the River
Schmitt, Matthias  Ghanaia
Séjourné, Emmanuel  Nancy
Spencer, Julie   After the Storm
Zeltsman, Nancy   Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nebojsa J.  Funny Mallets, Book 1

Intermediate to Advanced
Abe, Keiko   Ancient Vase (from first collection)
Abe, Keiko   Memories of the Seashore (from first collection)
Abe, Keiko   Prism (from second collection)
Andriessen, Louis  Mouse Running (IMM, vol. 2)
Berg, Daniel   Over the Moon
Berg, Daniel   December
Blume, Gernot   Preface
Carlton, Jude   Tune for Nep (IMM, vol. 2)
Carno, Zita   Suite for a Marimba with a Mind of Its Own
Chen, Yi Jing   Marimba (IMM, vol. 2)
Burritt, Michael   October Night
Edwards, Ross   Marimba Dances
Espel, Guillo   Zamba para escuchar tu silencio
Friedman, David   Air Sculpture
Friedman, David   Between Dusk and Dawn
Friedman, David   (Arr.) The Christmas Song (by Mel Torme/Robert Wells)
Friedman, David   Izgalom
Friedman, David   Trying to Say Good-bye
Friedman, David   Valse Binaire
Grom, Ian   Quintessence
Haddad, Ed   Have You Met Lydia? (IMM, vol. 1)
Hersch, Fred   Chorinho Picante (IMM, vol. 2)
Hersh, Howard   Run!
Hillborg, Anders   Two Pieces for Solo Marimba (IMM, vol. 1)
Jaeger, David   Lyrics
Jones, Darren   Two Little Movements (IMM, vol. 1)
Kinkelder, Dolf de  Touch
Levitan, Daniel   Opening Day (mvmt. II from Suite Nº 2)
Levitan, Daniel   The Rollover
Lorandi, Gaetano  Riflessi de Raggi Lunari (IMM, vol. 1)
Mackey, Steven   Beast (IMM, vol. 1)
Metcalf, Joanne   Floating and Grooving
Muramatsu, Takatsuga  Land
Naito, Akemi   Memory of the Woods
Netzer, Osnat   Taksim (IMM, vol. 1)
Okatani, Kaori   Three Colors for Solo Marimba (IMM, vol. 2)
Randall, J. K.   through Lapland (IMM, vol. 2)
Séjourné, Emmanuel  Katamiya (from Internationale Soli für Percussion: 7 Stücke für Marimba)
Simon, Paul   Amulet (IMM, vol. 1)
Spencer, Julie   Chelsea Window
Spencer, Julie   Pink Elisa Spring
Spencer, Julie   White Squirrel
Stasack, Jennifer E.  Six Elegies Dancing
Stout, Gordon   Beads of Glass
Stout, Gordon   Two Mexican Dances
Stout, Gordon   Wood That Sings
Stucky, Steven   Dust Devil (IMM, vol. 2)
Tan, Alvina   Danson? (IMM, vol. 1)
Trevino, Ivan   Songbook Vol. 1
Tywoniuk, Derek  For Dean Primmer (IMM, vol. 1)
Ung, Chinary   Cinnabar Heart (IMM, vol. 2)
Wallen, Errollyn   Remember, Marimba (IMM, vol. 2)
Wiener, Ruud   Capriccio Cristallino
Yoshioka, Takayoshi  Suite for Marimba Nº 1, 2 & 3
Zeltsman, Nancy   Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nobojsa J.  Il Canto Del Gondolieri (from Funny Marimba, Book 2)
Zivkovic, Nobojsa J.  Northwind (from Funny Marimba, Book 2)

Advanced
Aldridge, Robert   From My Little Island
Aldridge, Robert   The Zebra (IMM, vol.1)
Bley, Carla   Over There (IMM, vol. 1)
Chen, Hsin-Yi (Sharon)  Sea of Trees
Chen, Hsin-Yi (Sharon)  The Swallow (Traditional Chinese)
Chen, Hsin-Yi (Sharon)  Variations on 'Little Golden Oriole'
Druckman, Jacob  Reflections on the Nature of Water
Ewazen, Eric   Northern Lights
Hatzis, Christos   Fertility Rites (with CD)
Ishii, Maki   Hiten-Seido III, op. 75
Jolas, Betsy   Morning Thoughts (IMM, vol. 2)
Lee, Thomas   Oboe Préludios…
Mackey, Steven   See Ya Thursday
Maggio, Robert   Songs from the Wood
Mays, Lyle   Mindwalk (IMM, vol. 2)
Miki, Minoru   Time for Marimba
Rolfe, James   The Connection (with speaking, 1 performer)
Rolfe, James   Sticky (IMM, vol. 2)
Schuller, Gunther  Three Small Adventures (IMM, vol. 1)
Sueyoshi, Yasuo   Mirage pour Marimba
Smart, Gary   The Seasons
Spencer, Julie   Brothers in Peace
Zeltsman, Nancy   Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nebojsa J.  Ultimatum I

Extremely Difficult
Andriessen, Louis  Woodpecker (with tuned temple blocks & wood blocks)
Bennett, Richard   Rodney After Syrinx II
Fujikura, Dai   repetition/recollection
Heider, Werner   Laudate Lignum
Klatzow, Peter   Dances of Earth and Fire
Lansky, Paul   Three Moves
Levitan, Daniel   Marimba Singular
Michalek, Shawn  black and blue
Schuller, Gunther  Marimbology
Schwantner, Joseph  Velocities
Thomas, Andrew   Merlin
Viñao, Alejandro   Khan Variations [“IMM”