Percussion Studio

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


785-532-6899 fax


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 - or 785-532-3800785-532-3800. Schedule an audition on any other dates directly with Kurt Gartner - or 785-532-3808785-532-3808. 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.)

Q: When are the instrumental ensemble auditions?
A: 2014 marching percussion auditions take place on June 14. Concert band, orchestra, and jazz auditions take place during the first week of fall semester classes. Sign up sheets are posted in McCain (222 for jazz, 226 for concert). Contact respective ensemble directors or me for specific audition information.

2014 Concert Ensembles Audition Repertoire (non-majors who wish to audition may contact Dr. Gartner for a pdf of these excerpts)

The Happy Farmer (Gaines** p. 66-67)

Etude No. 18 (Peters+ p. 143)

Snare Drum
#5 (Cirone* p. 7)

Hansel und Gretel
3. Bild, 3. Szene ("Hexenritt")
Ulrich++ p. 49

Tchaik 4 mvmt.4 270-end
Ulrich++ p. 75

Carmen 2. Akt, Nr. 12
Ulrich++ p. 76

*Cirone, Anthony. Portraits in Rhythm. Miami: Warner Bros. Publications, 1999.

**Gaines, Julia. Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba, Level 1. Columbia, MO: Gaines Publications, 2011.

++Gschwendtner, Hermann, and Hans Jochen Ulrich. Orchester-Probespiel: Pauke/Schlagzeug. Mainz,
Germany: Schott, 1993.

+Peters, Mitchell. Fundamental Method for Timpani. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.


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