Percussion Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Percussion Audition

For entrance into the TCU School of Music and scholarship consideration, students must audition and interview in person before the TCU percussion faculty.

  • Perform pieces demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (two and four mallet selections), snare drum (concert and rudimental selections), timpani and drumset (improvisation and style demonstrations including rock/pop, jazz and Latin).
  • Complete sight-reading in each of the above areas.
  • Interview with the TCU percussion faculty.

Audition requirements for the Nordan Young Artist Award will be the same as listed above.  Pre-screening video submissions should include recordings demonstrating all performance items listed above.

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award requirements.

Learn more about the percussion program.

If you have questions, contact:
Dr. Brian A. West
Division Chair and Coordinator of Percussion
817-257-5759
b.west@tcu.edu

Graduate Percussion Audition (MM and DMA)

Announcing Graduate Assistantships available in Percussion for 2019-2020

For entrance into the TCU School of Music graduate percussion program applicants must complete all university and School of Music application requirements. Prospective graduate students (MM and DMA) should submit the following preliminary materials  in the School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application before being asked to audition in person.

  • Cover letter, résumé, and unedited preliminary audition recordings demonstrating the student’s performing skills on a variety of percussion instruments – keyboard percussion, snare drum or multiple percussion, timpani, and drumset. The recordings are typically of a public solo recital performance, although chamber and/or ensemble pieces may be included in addition to the solo literature.

Once all of the preliminary materials have been received, and all of the application requirements met, individuals may be invited to audition live on campus. Prospective graduate students who follow all application instructions and submit the above materials prior to December 1st will be given primary consideration regarding in-person audition appointments.

Students who are invited to audition live (for admission and assistantship consideration) must perform pieces demonstrating ability on a variety of percussion instruments including keyboard percussion (two and four mallet selections), snare drum (concert and rudimental selections), timpani, and drumset (improvisation and style demonstrations including rock/pop, jazz, and Latin). Sight-reading and an interview with the TCU percussion faculty will also be part of the audition process.

Learn more about the percussion program.

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Brian A. West
Division Chair and Coordinator of Percussion
817-257-5759
b.west@tcu.edu

Artist Diploma Percussion Audition

Pre-Screening Requirements:

For entrance into the TCU School of Music Artist Diploma percussion program, applicants must complete all university and School of Music Artist Diploma application requirements. Prospective candidates should submit the following preliminary materials  in the School of Music Artist Diploma Audition Request Application before being asked to audition in person.

  • Cover letter, résumé, and unedited preliminary audition recordings demonstrating the student’s performing skills on a variety of percussion instruments – keyboard percussion, snare drum or multiple percussion, timpani, and drumset. The recordings are typically of a public solo recital performance, although chamber and/or ensemble pieces may be included in addition to the solo literature.

Once all of the preliminary materials have been received, and all of the application requirements met, individuals may be invited to audition live on campus. Prospective applicants who follow all application instructions and submit the above materials prior to December 1st will be given primary consideration regarding in-person audition appointments.

Students who are invited to audition live (for admission consideration) must perform pieces demonstrating ability on a variety of percussion instruments including keyboard percussion (two and four mallet selections), snare drum (concert and rudimental selections), timpani, and drumset (improvisation and style demonstrations including rock/pop, jazz, and Latin). Sight-reading and an interview with the TCU percussion faculty will also be part of the audition process.

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Brian A. West
Division Chair and Coordinator of Percussion
817-257-5759
b.west@tcu.edu