UA Percussion Studio Large
Ensemble Audition Repertoire August 20, 2016
Auditions are required of all percussionists wishing to enroll in
applied lessons. As required by the School of Music, all students
enrolled in private lessons must perform in one of the large conducted
ensembles. To be clear: Unless you are excused by the Director of the
School of Music, you will be playing in a large ensemble if you are
enrolled in lessons. This means that you MUST take this audition. If
this still isn't clear to you, please contact Dr. Weinberg.
will help determine
personnel best qualified for these ensembles as well as give all auditionees
the experience of preparing and taking a professional audition. The audition
will consist of only the prepared orchestral excerpts as specified in
the audition list and highlighted.
If you are a new student, or have not formally studied excerpts,
you will need to prepare yourself as best you can on the excerpts and play
the Bach selection. Apply your own good musical sense about rhythm and technique,
get a score and study the excerpts for musical context, and listen to several
for style, tempo and phrasing. Do your best for your ability and experience.
Auditions will be held Saturday, August 22nd starting at 9:00 a.m. in
room 170 with the percussion faculty. Auditions will be screened.
All instruments will be provided at the audition site. Players may bring
their own instruments
if preferred but must be set up before their playing time. (Room 170 is reserved
for percussionists starting at 8:00 a.m. on August 22.) Persons auditioning found to
be less than prepared will be dismissed from the audition.
good recordings (i.e., major orchestras, well known conductors, great percussionists),
listen to as many recordings of the same excerpt as possible
for the phrasing, tempo, style, texture (blend or soloistic), musical context,
etc. Make study files/CDs and play alongs and practice with them. Online music sites such as Spotify and even YouTube can be great sources of recordings.
Get a score for the excerpt and study the musical context of
the part in relation to the full ensemble (i.e., nature of the passage,
phrasing, balance - is the
part solo or accompaniment, how can you best enhance the music?)
Master the “mechanics” of the ink - rhythm, notes, dynamics, technical
issues, etc. with a metronome. Decide on stickings or specialized performing techniques for the best phrasing and accuracy.
Then “go beyond the ink” and make music with a beautiful sound and musical
phrasing played with finesse and a refined touch.
Consider instrument selection, tuning (heads/snares), sticks, etc. (Summer
is a good time to buy tambourines and triangles...!)