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Winds & Percussion Auditions & Interviews

Specific Instrumental Requirements - Percussion

Pre-Screening

Updated 10/17/17. Applicants to the DMA should create an Artistic Profile to upload their resumé, repertoire list, recommendations, audition date preferences, and pre-screening videos representing the following areas:

 

MALLET KEYBOARDS

1. Four-Mallet Marimba or Four-Mallet Vibraphone

A major concerto or solo work for marimba or vibraphone

2. Two-Mallet Marimba

A movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or Suites for Solo Cello (no repeats)

3. Orchestral Excerpts

Please prepare two contrasting excerpts of your choice on xylophone and two contrasting excerpts on glockenspiel. (4 total)

SNARE DRUM

4. Concert Snare Drum Solo/Etude

A work demonstrating concert orchestral snare drum artistry, including rolls at varying dynamics, orchestral ornaments, rapidly shifting rhythms, etc. (Delecluse, Macarez, etc.)

5. Rudimental Snare Drum Solo/Etude

32 bars of a rudimental solo of your choice.

6.Orchestral Excerpts

Please prepare two contrasting snare drum excerpts of your choice.

TIMPANI

7. Solo or Etude

A solo work or etude which demonstrates as well as the quality of your stroke, tone, and rolls at various dynamics.

8. Orchestral Excerpts

Please prepare two contrasting timpani excerpts of your choice

MULTIPLE PERCUSSION

9. SOLO WORK

A full-length recording of an advanced-level solo work of your choice

10. / 11. Additional Areas – please choose two (2) of the following:

Drum Set: A sample of your time playing/ soloing in at least 4 contrasting styles. This may be done with a play-along recording, a live band, or unaccompanied solo. Examples may include: medium swing, uptempo swing, rock, funk, samba, bossa nova, songo, mambo, 12/8 Afro-Cuban, ballad - brushes, odd-time signatures, etc.

Global Music: A demonstration of your understanding of basic tones, sense of groove/feel and clear communication of style. May include, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban hand drums and percussion; Samba (all styles); pan-African hand drums and percussion; steel pan; middle-eastern frame drums/percussion; Asian festival drumming; other, etc.

Tonal Improvisation: Demonstrate your abilities in this area through a solo work or an example with a supporting group. May include, but not limited to: Jazz/Bebop, Latin-jazz, jazz fusion on Vibes/Marimba or Steel Pan.

12. PERSONAL VIDEO: In a video between 2-5min long, please tell us about yourself. Who are you? What inspires you? What are your career goals? Etc.


 

Current U-M graduate percussion majors applying to the DMA program should create an Artistic Profile to provide their resumé, repertoire list, recommendations, and audition date preferences; the pre-screening recording requirements are waived with the exception of the personal video (#12 above).

 

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In-person Audition

Updated 10/18/17 For the live audition in Ann Arbor, each applicant must be prepared to play the following:

MALLET KEYBOARDS

1. Four-Mallet Marimba or Four-Mallet Vibraphone

A major concerto or solo work for marimba or vibraphone

2. Two-Mallet Marimba

A movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or Suites for Solo Cello (no repeats)

3. Orchestral Excerpts

Please prepare two contrasting excerpts of your choice on xylophone and two contrasting excerpts on glockenspiel. (4 total)

SNARE DRUM

4. Concert Snare Drum Solo/Etude

A work demonstrating concert orchestral snare drum artistry, including rolls at varying dynamics, orchestral ornaments, rapidly shifting rhythms, etc. (Delecluse, Macarez, etc.)

5. Rudimental Snare Drum Solo/Etude

32 bars of a rudimental solo of your choice.

6.Orchestral Excerpts

Please prepare two contrasting snare drum excerpts of your choice.

TIMPANI

7. Solo or Etude

A solo work or etude which demonstrates as well as the quality of your stroke, tone, and rolls at various dynamics.

8. Orchestral Excerpts

Please prepare two contrasting timpani excerpts of your choice

MULTIPLE PERCUSSION

9. SOLO WORK

A full-length recording of an advanced-level solo work of your choice

10. / 11. Additional Areas – please choose two (2) of the following:

Drum Set: A sample of your time playing/ soloing in at least 4 contrasting styles. This may be done with a play-along recording, a live band, or unaccompanied solo. Examples may include: medium swing, uptempo swing, rock, funk, samba, bossa nova, songo, mambo, 12/8 Afro-Cuban, ballad - brushes, odd-time signatures, etc.

Global Music: A demonstration of your understanding of basic tones, sense of groove/feel and clear communication of style. May include, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban hand drums and percussion; Samba (all styles); pan-African hand drums and percussion; steel pan; middle-eastern frame drums/percussion; Asian festival drumming; other, etc.

Tonal Improvisation: Demonstrate your abilities in this area through a solo work or an example with a supporting group. May include, but not limited to: Jazz/Bebop, Latin-jazz, jazz fusion on Vibes/Marimba or Steel Pan.


(Optional) Please bring representative recorded (DVD/CD) samples of your highest artistic representation of works in a chamber music context. Works can be on any of the above instrumental groups and should show a deep understanding of and a high level of performance in chamber music with percussion.

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