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Percussion Auditions

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We’re all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it’s still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you’ve come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can’t wait to hear you.

Audition Requirements: Percussion

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Anyone residing in California
  • Graduate applicants for percussion

Regional auditions are not available for percussion applicants.

Final audition recordings are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside the United States
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal DecisionDesk Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate percussion applicants may audition live at the Conservatory or may send in an audition video. They may not audition regionally.

  • Mallet percussion
    • A two-mallet piece (your choice)
    • A four-mallet piece (your choice)
  • Snare drum
    • Etude: Cirone or Delecluse
  • Timpani
    • Etude: Hochrainer (preferred), Vic Firth, or Goodman

Graduate

  • Mallet percussion
    • A two-mallet piece (your choice)
    • A four-mallet piece (your choice)
  • Snare drum
    • Etude: Delecluse
    • Lieutenant Kijé (excerpt)
    • Capriccio espagnol — Alborada (excerpt)
  • Timpani
    • Etude: Hochrainer (preferred), Vic Firth, Goodman
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (excerpt — mvt. 1 coda)
    • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis (excerpt)
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (excerpt)
  • Marimba
    • Three pieces of contrasting styles

Timpani (graduate only)

Students wishing to major in timpani must perform the graduate percussion audition repertoire as outlined in the percussion requirements, plus:

  1. An advanced-level timpani solo (one movement) or advanced étude
  2. Complete Beethoven Symphonies
  3. Complete Brahms Symphonies
  4. Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
  5. Sight-reading

Please note: If you plan to perform a piece that requires playing on the “butts” (back-ends) of the timpani mallets please have a suitable alternative: moleskin or felt on the butt-end of the mallet. We don’t allow playing timpani heads with butt-ends or "playing on the timpani bowl."

Audition Dates at SFCM

Percussion

  • January 21, 2018
  • February 19, 2018

Timpani

  • January 21, 2018
  • February 19, 2018

Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 13, 2018
Chicago January 15, 2018
New York February 22, 2018 - All, except for voice and piano
New York February 23, 2018 - Voice only
New York February 24, 2018 - Piano only
Boston

February 27, 2018

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 8, 2017
Taipei October 11-12, 2017
Hong Kong October 13, 2017
Guangzhou October 16-18, 2017
Shanghai October 19-21, 2017
Beijing October 23-26, 2017

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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