Percussion Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • Audition on snare drum (concert or rudimental style), timpani, and keyboard percussion (two and/or four mallets)
  • Perform major scales, 2 octaves
  • Sight read a short piece for snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion

Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Minor

  • Applicants are encouraged to audition in as many percussion areas as possible, including snare drum (concert or rudimental style), timpani, or keyboard percussion (two and/or four mallets)
  • Perform major scales, 2 octaves, if auditioning on keyboard percussion
  • Sight read a short piece for each instrument chosen for the audition


Suggested Repertoire and Required Technique

Technique: Applicants performing on timpani will be asked to tune using a pitch pipe or tuning fork.

Solos and Etudes: In addition to published solos in each percussion area, etudes from standard studies or collections are acceptable, including:

  • Peters. Fundamental Method for Mallets
  • Goldenberg, Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone
  • Friedman, Vibraphone Technique: Dampening and Pedaling
  • Peters, Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies
  • Cirone,  Portraits in Rhythm, (snare drum)
  • Goodman, Modern Method for Timpani
  • Firth, The Solo Timpanist,
  • Hochrainer, Etudes for Timpani
  • Whaley, Audition Etudes (snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion)


To schedule an audition or an interview with faculty members please contact Diane MacBeth (or 717-337-6131). For all other inquiries regarding the music program and audition requirements, please contact Dr. Teresa Bowers (or 717-337-6134).