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Percussion (Classical) Audition Requirements

Percussion (Classical) Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: Audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Degree Page: Music (BA)

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Degree Page: Performance & Music Education (BM)

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Note: SRT applicants must submit a pre-screen audition recording (review requirements)

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Program Page: Music Minor

Snare Drum 

Choose a solo by Delécluse, Whaley, Aleo, or a piece of similar difficulty.

Mallets

Two-mallet marimba or xylophone  (choose one of the following, or equivalent):

  • J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
  • J.S. Bach cello suites
  • George Hamilton Green xylophone rag
  • Gene Koshinski solo from Two

Four-mallets:

Choose a four-mallet solo that shows your current technical and musical ability. This could be Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, Two Mexican Dances by Gordon Stout, a movement or two of Reflections on the Nature of Water by Jacob Druckman, or something else that shows your current abilities.

Timpani

If you would like to perform timpani on your audition, you may choose one of the following (or equivalent):

Solo/Etudes by:

  • Vic Firth
  • Alexander Lepak
  • John Beck
  • Richard Hochrainer
  • Saul Goodman

Drum Set

If you have prior drum set ability, we would be happy to hear you play different styles (swing, rock, funk, others). Your drum set ability is not included as a part of your admission decision for the percussion department, but knowing your comfort on drum set can be helpful for us in your first year at IC when we are assigning parts in percussion ensemble or large ensembles. So, there is no penalty for playing for us - we would love to hear you!

Percussion (Classical) Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

Audition is one half-hour in length and should include:

Snare Drum

  • Concert solo of your choice showing an advanced technical and musical level (Delecluse, Martynciow, Masson or equivalent)
  • Rudimental solo of your choice showing an advanced technical and musical level. (Tompkins, New Pratt Book, traditional French, Swiss, Irish, or equivalent)
  • Two (2) standard orchestral snare drum excerpts

Two mallets

  • Two mallet solo on marimba or xylophone demonstrating an advanced technical and musical level (Bach, Koshinski, Green, or equivalent)
  • Two (2) standard orchestral xylophone excerpts (played on xylophone)

Four mallets

  • Marimba or vibraphone solo at an advanced technical and musical level

Timpani

  • Solo demonstrating an advanced understanding of technical, musical and tuning concerns (Delecluse, Woud or equivalent)
  • Two (2) standard orchestral timpani excerpts

World music

  • Optional demonstration of world-music knowledge and skills

If you have logistical requests, please let Dr. Truesdell know in advance so we can prepare your welcome to IC (such as needing 5 timpani, working with electronics, extended range instruments, specific world music instruments, etc.). We will let you know if we are able to accommodate requests to help you best prepare.

Best Practices for Recording

If you are unable to join us for the live audition option on campus or the live virtual audition, you can prepare and submit a video-recorded audition for admission consideration. These materials must include the listed audition requirements for your degree included above. Video-recorded audition materials must be submitted by January 15, and can be submitted after your initial Audition Form.

Information regarding acceptable electronic formats can be found here.

Advice from Dr. Truesdell

When choosing repertoire for your IC audition, it is important to choose pieces that demonstrate the best of your ability right now. Please try to choose your repertoire wisely, work on it for a few months and perform it for your family and friends many times before you record. 

We would rather not hear something you’ve been working on for more than one year, or less than a few weeks - we want to hear your best ability right now

I have given suggestions above for possible composers and pieces, but that is by no means fixed. If you have another piece that demonstrates your ability accurately and you are passionate about, we would like to hear that piece. If you are concerned or are questioning your repertoire choice, please email me at mtruesdell@ithaca.edu.

We look forward to hearing you!

- Mike T.

Message from the Music Admission Team

At Ithaca College, we value all voices and encourage you to bring your authentic self to your audition. Throughout your application and audition process, our Faculty and Admission Team will always seek potential over perfection, and look forward to discovering the unique perspectives and backgrounds you could bring to the School of Music community.

Our team strives to foster equitable and inclusive practices in our auditions, while identifying areas where additional attention is needed to affect change. Please visit this page to learn about the different audition options available this year, and do not hesitate to reach out to us at music@ithaca.edu with any questions.
-IC Music Admission Team
Bradley Whittemore and Felice Doynov

FACULTY

Mike Truesdell

Assistant Professor of Percussion

Email: mtruesdell@ithaca.edu

Visit Professor Truesdell's Website

 

Conrad Alexander

Adjunct Professor of Percussion

Email: calexander@ithaca.edu

Visit Professor Alexander's Website

 

Gregory Evans

Assistant Professor of Percussion

Email: gevans@ithaca.edu

Visit Professor Evans' Website