Percussion audition repertoire

Undergraduate audition requirements

  • major scales required, minor scales requested
  • two-mallet solo or etude (marimba), without accompaniment (regional/all-state etudes are not recommended)
  • four-mallet marimba  solo or etude strongly encouraged
  • snare drum solo or etude (concert style required; additional marching/rudimental snare drum solo or etude optional, but encouraged)
  • sight-reading (on marimba and snare drum)
  • timpani solo or etude (two-, three-, or four-drum work)

Examples of snare drum and rudimental solos: 

  • Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
  • Contemporary Studies by Fred Albright
  • The Solo Snare Drum by Vic Firth
  • Douze Etudes pour Caisse-Claire by Jacques Delecluse
  • The Rudimental Cookbook by Edward Freytag

Examples of keyboard percussion music, both two and four mallet works: 

  • Etudes (various) by Clair Omar Musser (four mallet)
  • Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters (four mallet)
  • Works (various) by Alice Gomez (four mallet)
  • Challenge I by Earl Hatch (four mallet)
  • Frogs/Michi by Keiko Abe (four mallet)
  • Tune for Mary O by Rich O’Meara (four mallet)
  • A study from Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg (two mallet)
  • Tambourine Chinoise by Kreisler (two mallet)
  • Concertino for Marimba (movement I or III) by Paul Creston (two mallet)
  • A study (after #74) from Complete Method for Rhytmical Articulation by Pasquale Bona (two mallet)

Examples of timpani music: 

  • An Etude from Fundamental Methodfor Timpani by Mitchell Peters
  • An Etude from Timpani Method by Alfred Friese and Alexander Lepak
  • An Etude from Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman
  • An Etude from The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth
  • Sonata for Timpani by John H. Beck
  • Suite for Timpani by David Mancini
  • Soundings by Douglas Igelsrud

Percussion studio website

Visit the percussion studio website for more information about the program. .


Steven Hemphill, Percussion
Office: Building 37, Room 162
Phone: 928-523-3739