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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: 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.)

2015 Concert Ensembles Audition Excerpts

Audition Date: Monday, August 24. Sign up outside McCain 226. Audition required of all percussion majors. Contact Dr. Gartner for a PDF of the excerpts.

Marimba
Larson: Andante for Marimba
Measures 15 to 26
Xylophone
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture
Rehearsal 9 to 12
Snare Drum
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
First 11 measures
Timpani
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Scherzo
Tambourine
Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Beginning to 4 measures before C
Cymbals
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
2 measures before letter O through 12 measures after O

Sight-reading may be called on any instrument.

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