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Percussion Studio

Percussion Studio

Kurt Gartner, D.A.
Professor of Music
School of Music, Theatre and Dance
130 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-3808
785-532-6899 fax
kgartner@ksu.edu

Audition FAQ

Q: For Fall 2016 students, what are the requirements for concert and jazz ensembles?A: Concert audition requirements

A: Concert ensembles (bands, orchestra) auditions will be held on Monday, August 22 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in McCain room 201. Sign-up sheets for concert auditions will be posted outside the band office (McCain 226). Instruments will be provided, but you must provide your own sticks, mallets, tuning devices, and music. The required repertoire excerpt list is posted on p. 4 below. Contact Dr. Gartner for a PDF file containing audition music. All percussion majors are required to perform in a concert ensemble each semester, and are therefore required to perform a concert ensemble audition.

Jazz audition requirements
Jazz auditions (drum set, vibes, Afro-Cuban percussion) take place during the first week of the fall semester. Sign-up sheets for jazz auditions will be posted outside Dr. Goins' office (McCain 222). Jazz drum set auditions will include extensive style demonstrations typical to jazz performance. Plan to play swing, ethnic, and commercial styles with sticks and brushes. Additionally, expect to perform a sight-reading excerpt and to solo. Jazz vibes (combos, big bands) auditions comprise playing a prepared tune (head, comping, and improvisation with play-along track) and sight reading. Afro-Cuban drumming auditions include extensive style/technique demonstrations typical to the Latin Jazz Ensemble, as well as sight reading.

2016 Concert Ensemble Audition Repertoire
Marimba:
Schumann – Happy Farmer (mm. 1-14 (through the downbeat of count 4).
Gaines, Julia. Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba, Level 1. Columbia, MO:
Gaines Publications, 2011.

Xylophone:
Stravinsky - Petrushka, (1st Tableau, Dans Russe).
Gschwendtner, Hermann, and Hans Jochen Ulrich, ed. Orchester-Probespiel:
Pauke/Schlagzeug. Mainz, Germany: Schott, 1993.

Snare Drum:
Rimsky-Korsakov – Sheherazade.
Gschwendtner, Hermann, and Hans Jochen Ulrich, ed. Orchester-Probespiel:
Pauke/Schlagzeug. Mainz, Germany: Schott, 1993.

Timpani:
Mozart – Magic Flute Overture.
Gschwendtner, Hermann, and Hans Jochen Ulrich, ed. Orchester-Probespiel:
Pauke/Schlagzeug. Mainz, Germany: Schott, 1993.

Tambourine:
Tchaikovsky – Capricio Italien.
Goldenberg, Morris. Modern School for Snare Drum. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing
Co., Inc., 2002.

Cymbals:
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4.
Gschwendtner, Hermann, and Hans Jochen Ulrich, ed. Orchester-Probespiel:
Pauke/Schlagzeug. Mainz, Germany: Schott, 1993.

Sight-reading may be called on any instrument.

Q: When are music major/minor acceptance auditions?
A: Auditions for acceptance as music major or minor (and potential music scholarships) are held on the KSU campus during the spring semester on scheduled dates and at any time of year (by appointment). Primary audition dates are in February each year. If using one of these primary dates, you may schedule your audition through Administrative Assistant Teri Breymeyer - mus@ksu.edu or 785-532-3800. Schedule an audition on any other dates directly with Kurt Gartner - kgartner@ksu.edu or 785-532-3808. Scholarship funds are available through the Music Program as well as University Bands, and this audition is evaluated for scholarships from both sources.

Q: What do I need to play for a major/minor acceptance audition?
A: At a minimum, you must demonstrate proficiency in three of the following five categories:

  1. snare drum (rudimental or concert)
  2. keyboard (marimba, vibraphone, etc.)
  3. timpani
  4. multi-percussion (concert percussion, electronic percussion etc.)
  5. hand drums/world percussion
  6. drum set.

It is to your advantage to audition on instruments of three or more categories. You will perform a prepared solo or etude and sight reading on each instrument. (Styles demonstrations are also useful on drum set.)

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