Audition Information for Percussion

2017-18 Season

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Thank you for auditioning for the Louisville Youth Orchestra!

Your ensemble placement and seating will be determined by the audition panel.

You will be assessed on:

  • the difficulty of the selections your choose
  • your rhythm
  • your tone quality
  • your musicality

Please prepare the following for your audition:

 

6th Grade

  • one short snare drum piece
  • one mallet piece
  • no sight reading required

Suggested source material for solo/etude:

Snare Drum

Whaley's Fundamentals for Snare Drum
Whaley's Intermediate Studies for Snare Drum

Mallets

Peter's Fundamental Method for Mallets Vol. 1/2
Fundamental Studies for Mallets

 

 

 

 

7th and 8th Grade

  • one short snare drum piece
  • one mallet piece
  • sight reading required on both snare drum and mallets
  • Bb scale 2 octaves on mallets
  • basic demonstration of snare drum rudiments and technique.

Suggested source material for solo/etude:

Snare Drum

Whaley's Intermediate Studies for Snare Drum
Peter's Intermediate Snare Drum Studies

Mallets

Peter's Fundamental Method for Mallets Vol. 1/2
McMillan's Masterpieces for Marimba

 

 

 

 

9th-­‐12th Grade

  • one short snare drum piece
  • one mallet piece
  • sight reading required on both snare drum and mallets
  • Bb scale 2 octaves on mallets
  • basic demonstration of snare drum rudiments and technique
  • timpani piece (required of all applicants who want to be considered for a principal position in either the Symphony or Repertory orchestra)

Suggested source material for solo/etude:

Snare Drum

Delecluse's 12 Studies for Snare Drum
Cirone's Portraits in Rhythms
Whaley's Recital Solos for Snare Drum
Peter's Intermediate Snare Drum Studies

Mallets

Goldberg's Modern School for Mallets:
     etudes at end of the book
McMillan's Masterpieces for Marimba

Marimba

McMillan's Masterpieces for Marimba
Peter's Fundamental Studies for Mallets

Timpani

Firth's Solo Timpanist
Decluse's 20 Studies for Timpani
Peter's Fundamental Method for Timpani
Whaley's Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have read this information page thoroughly and still have questions about the audition procedure or the excerpts, please email info@lyo.org

For Strings,Woodwind, Brass, and Harp/Piano audition information and excerpts, please return to the Audition Process and click on the link for the section you want.