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Percussion

The audition is the single most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as a music major at Baylor. Consider visiting Baylor before your scheduled audition to give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the professor, to meet students in residence at Baylor, and to determine whether Baylor would be a good fit for you.

BEFORE AUDITIONING, students must must submit applications to both Baylor University and the School of Music. Audition dates are selected on the School of Music application. If you wish to audition on a non-scheduled audition date, please note that on your application and contact the appropriate faculty member to schedule an audition.

The audition process is competitive and it is in the student’s best interest to audition and apply early. Acceptance is based on the student’s performance abilities, artistic potential, and maturity as demonstrated in the audition/interview process.

We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule a live audition on their School of Music applications for one of our regularly scheduled on-campus audition dates. Those who are unable to attend an on-campus audition for reasons of distance or cost of travel, are recommended to contact Dr. Todd Meehan.

  • The audition committee consists of Dr. Meehan and faculty members from the Instrumental and Conducting Divisions.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • There will be an interview session following the audition which will include questions about performance/research interests, repertoire interests, and career goals.
 

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level:


All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Todd Meehan with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Percussion Requirements:
  • One keyboard solo of significant length (marimba or vibraphone)
  • One concert snare drum solo or etude
  • One rudimental snare drum solo or etude (played on a concert snare)
  • One timpani solo or etude
  • Sight-reading on keyboard, snare, or timpani
  • Demonstrate ability to tune intervals on timpani
  • Demonstrate various drum set styles (recommended but not required)
GRADUATE Percussion Requirements:
  • Mallets:
    • One 4-mallet marimba solo of significant length
    • Two orchestral mallet excerpts of your choice
  • Snare:
    • One concert solo or etude (ex. Delecluse etude or something of similar difficulty)
    • One rudimental solo or etude (played on a concert snare, ex. Wilcoxon or something of similar difficulty)
    • Two orchestral snare excerpts of your choice
  • Timpani
    • One solo or etude (ex. Carter or Delecluse etude or something of similar difficulty)
    • Two orchestral timpani excerpts of your choice
    • Demonstrate ability to tune intervals
  • Miscellaneous - Please choose ONE of the following three areas to supplement your audition:
    • Multiple percussion solo
    • Drum set (demonstrating different styles or prepared solo)
    • Any other area in which you possess a degree of mastery (ex.accessory excerpts, hand drumming, other world music genres,etc.)
  • Sight-reading on keyboard, snare, and/or timpani

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