Percussion Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Percussion Audition

A prescreening video is required of all applicants consisting of the repertoire listed below. All applicants applying for a music major and/or scholarship must audition and interview before the TCU percussion faculty. You will be notified if you advance to the audition round.

All auditions must be completed by February 19.

Learn more about the percussion program.

PRESCREENING VIDEO REPERTOIRE

Prescreening videos are required for all applicants.  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the prescreening videos:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (2 mallet, 4 mallet, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)
  • Pieces(s) demonstrating ability on timpani
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

After successfully passing the prescreening process, applicants will be notified if they advance to the audition round.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

At the on-campus audition, applicants must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenor) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Due to the amount of repertoire required, selections should not be too long in length. Performing only one movement of a longer piece, or preparing cuts in a piece, is fine.

Additionally, applicants must sight read and interview with percussion faculty members.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for the Nordan prescreening process, applicants will need to prepare repertoire as explained below and submit your complete application by December 1. Nordan auditions are invitation only and require a Live Audition on January 15, 2022.

Prescreening videos are required for all Nordan Young Artist Award applicants. This is the preliminary round of the competition. If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair, Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the prescreening videos in order to be considered for the Nordan Award:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (2 mallet, 4 mallet, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)
  • Piece demonstrating ability on timpani
  • Styles demonstration on drumset (rock, jazz, Latin)

Applicants not invited to Nordan are encouraged to audition on another date and will still receive scholarship consideration.

Applicants that successfully pass the preliminary round and are forwarded to the Live Nordan Audition on January 15, 2022 must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenor) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Additionally, percussion applicants must sight read and interview with percussion faculty members on the day of the Nordan Audition, if invited.

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award requirements.

Graduate Percussion Audition (MM and DMA)

For entrance into the TCU School of Music, graduate assistantship consideration, and scholarship consideration, all applicants must audition and interview before the TCU percussion faculty.

All auditions must be completed by February 18 (DMA) or February 19 (MM).

Learn more about the percussion program.

PRESCREENING VIDEO REPERTOIRE

Prescreening videos are required for all graduate applicants.  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair, Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and prescreening videos as early as possible in the season (preferably by December 1st).

The following areas of percussion must be included in the prescreening videos:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (2 mallet, 4 mallet, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)
  • Pieces(s) demonstrating ability on timpani
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

After successfully passing the prescreening process, applicants will be notified if they advance to the audition round.

ON-CAMPUS AUDITIONS

At the on-campus audition, applicants must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenor) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Due to the amount of repertoire required, selections should not be too long in length. Performing only one movement of a longer piece, or preparing cuts in a piece, is fine.

Additionally, applicants must sight read and interview with percussion faculty members.

Artist Diploma Percussion Audition

For entrance into the TCU School of Music Artist Diploma program and scholarship consideration, applicants must audition and interview before the TCU percussion faculty.

All auditions must be completed by February 19.

PRESCREENING VIDEO REPERTOIRE

Prescreening videos are required for all Artist Diploma applicants.  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair, Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and prescreening videos as early as possible in the season (preferably by December 1st).

The following areas of percussion must be included in the prescreening videos:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (2 mallet, 4 mallet, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)
  • Pieces(s) demonstrating ability on timpani
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

After successfully passing the prescreening process, applicants will be notified if they advance to the audition round.

ON-CAMPUS AUDITIONS

At the on-campus audition, applicants must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenor) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Due to the amount of repertoire required, selections should not be too long in length. Performing only one movement of a longer piece, or preparing cuts in a piece, is fine.

Additionally, applicants must sight read and interview with percussion faculty members.