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UA Percussion Studio Large Ensemble Audition Repertoire August 20, 2016

 

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  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.

   The audition 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 recordings 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.

AUDITION HINTS

   Find some 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...!)

HAVE FUN!

 

 

 

 

 

 



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