Percussion Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Percussion Audition

For entrance into the TCU School of Music and scholarship consideration, applicants must audition and interview either on-campus or via a hybrid pre-recorded / Zoom audition before the TCU percussion faculty. All applicants applying for any music major or music minor must audition.

Percussion applicants may be given the opportunity to audition in-person at the TCU Music Center following TCU’s Connected Campus guidelines if approved by TCU Administration; or they may choose the hybrid / Zoom audition and send in recordings of the required audition repertoire pieces listed below. Applicants who prefer the hybrid pre-recorded / Zoom audition will be provided additional instructions to upload recordings prior to the day before their audition. Applicants my switch their audition preference (in-person or hybrid) prior to their scheduled audition by emailing Debbie Alenius, Coordinator of Music Admissions at d.alenius@tcu.edu. Any changes to the on-campus live audition option will be posted here. Please check back frequently for updated information.

Learn more about the percussion program.

PRE-SCREENING

Pre-screening videos are required for all applicants (any music major or music minor).  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. Westat b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the pre-screening 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)

After successfully passing the pre-screening process, applicants may choose an on-campus audition or a hybrid / Zoom audition.

 

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 tenors) 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.

 

HYBRID / ZOOM AUDITIONS

For the hybrid / Zoom audition, applicants must submit videos of 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 tenors) 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 via Zoom on a scheduled TCU audition day.

 

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD REQUIREMENTS

Pre-screening 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 pre-screening 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 that successfully pass the preliminary round and are forwarded to the Live Virtual Nordan Audition on January 16, 2021 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 tenors) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Additionally, applicants must sight read  and interview with percussion faculty members using one of the two options explained above.

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, applicants must audition and interview either on-campus or via a hybrid pre-recorded / Zoom audition before the TCU percussion faculty. All applicants applying for any graduate degree (MM or DMA) must audition.

Percussion applicants may be given the opportunity to audition on-campus at the TCU Music Center following TCU’s Connected Campus guidelines if approved by TCU Administration; or they may choose the hybrid / Zoom audition and send in recordings of the required audition repertoire pieces listed below. Applicants who prefer the hybrid pre-recorded / Zoom audition will be provided additional instructions to upload recordings prior to the day before their audition. Applicants my switch their audition preference (in-person or hybrid) prior to their scheduled audition by emailing Debbie Alenius, Coordinator of Music Admissions at d.alenius@tcu.edu. Any changes to the on-campus live audition option will be posted here. Please check back frequently for updated information.

Learn more about the percussion program.

PRE-SCREENING

Pre-screening videos are required for all applicants (any music major or music minor).  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. Westat b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the pre-screening 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)

After successfully passing the pre-screening process, applicants may choose an on-campus audition or a hybrid / Zoom audition.

 

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 tenors) 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.

 

HYBRID / ZOOM AUDITIONS

For the hybrid / Zoom audition, applicants must submit videos of 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 tenors) 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 via Zoom on a scheduled TCU audition day.

Artist Diploma Percussion Audition

For entrance into the TCU School of Music Artist Diploma program, and scholarship consideration, applicants must audition and interview either on-campus or via a hybrid pre-recorded / Zoom audition before the TCU percussion faculty.

Percussion applicants may be given the opportunity to audition on-campus at the TCU Music Center following TCU’s Connected Campus guidelines if approved by TCU Administration; or they may choose the hybrid / Zoom audition and send in recordings of the required audition repertoire pieces listed below. Applicants who prefer the hybrid pre-recorded / Zoom audition will be provided additional instructions to upload recordings prior to the day before their audition. Applicants my switch their audition preference (in-person or hybrid) prior to their scheduled audition by emailing Debbie Alenius, Coordinator of Music Admissions at d.alenius@tcu.edu. Any changes to the on-campus live audition option will be posted here. Please check back frequently for updated information.

Learn more about the percussion program.

 

PRE-SCREENING

Pre-screening videos are required for all applicants (any music major or music minor).  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. Westat b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the pre-screening 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)

After successfully passing the pre-screening process, applicants may choose an on-campus audition or a hybrid / Zoom audition.

 

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 tenors) 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.

 

HYBRID / ZOOM AUDITIONS

For the hybrid / Zoom audition, applicants must submit videos of 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 tenors) 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 via Zoom on a scheduled TCU audition day.