Prospective students interested in learning more about the School of Music may schedule a campus visit. A campus visit is a good way to get a sense of everyday life at WSU, sit in on a rehearsal or an academic class, and get to know current students and faculty prior to your audition day visit. If you would like to visit durnig the fall 2018, please contact Andrew Slater or Professor Steve Oare in advance of your arrival to make an appointment.

To schedule an audition, please complete this form.


Undergraduate Auditions

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the areas described below. You are encouraged to program creatively so as to represent your skills well, and also demonstrate something unique about yourself as a musician.

Instrumental auditions must be performed without accompaniment.


Snare Drum

  • Roll various dynamics
  • Concert etude/ contest solo. Suggested composers: Délécluse, Cirone, Aleo, Peters.
  • Optional addition: Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Tompkins, Wilcoxon.

Mallets (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone—your choice)

  • Two-mallet solo. Contest solo or suggested composers: Bach (preferably from Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin OR Suites for Unaccompanied Cello), Fritz Kreisler, or G. H. Green, Musser
  • Optional but recommended: Four-mallet solo.

For suggestions, see recommended solos below.

Note: For two-mallet and/or four-mallet solo, creative adaptations of any other composers' works are most welcome. In general, pieces with tempo fluctuations and a variety of rhythms and characters are preferred over perpetual motion pieces.


Timpani

  • Contest solo or suggested composers: Woud, Hochrainer, Firth, Délécluse, Lepak, Carter. Note: Etudes that demonstrate standard orchestral timpani musicianship (e.g., Woud or Hochrainer etudes) are preferred over Carter solos.
  • Drum Set (optional)
  • Contest solo or show a variety of styles including – Medium Swing, Swing in ¾, Bossa Nova, Rock, and Funk.

Graduate/GTA Auditions


Graduate Teaching Assistant and member of the Wichita Symphony’s percussion section.
Our GTA position is the only one of it’s kind in the United States. If accepted as WSU’s GTA you will not only receive vital training, but enjoy the ultimate in opportunities as both a teacher and a professional performer. For those interested in the GTA program, the role includes a two year experience performing as a professional percussionist with a professional ROPA Orchestra, (The Wichita Symphony Orchestra) please contact Professor Scholl for details.

Instrumental auditions must be performed without accompaniment.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the areas described below. You are encouraged to program creatively so as to represent your skills well, and also demonstrate something unique about yourself as a musician.


Snare Drum/Multi-percussion

  • Roll various dynamics
  • Concert solo from recital or suggested composers: Délécluse, Cirone, Aleo, Peters.
  • Optional addition: Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Tompkins, Wilcoxon, and/or Multi-percussion solo – suggested composers: Xenakis, Cage, Kraft etc.
  • Three standard snare excerpts that show versatility on the instrument

Mallets (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone—your choice)

  • Two-mallet solo from Senior Recital or Suggested composers: Bach (preferably from Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin OR Suites for Unaccompanied Cello), Fritz Kreisler, or G. H. Green, Musser
  • Four-mallet solo from Senior Recital or suggestions, see recommended solos below
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts on xylophone and two on glockenspiel

Note: For two-mallet and/or four-mallet solo, creative adaptations of any other composers' works are most welcome. In general, pieces with tempo fluctuations and a variety of rhythms and characters are preferred over perpetual motion pieces.

 

Timpani

  • Senior recital solo or suggested composers: Woud, Hochrainer, Firth, Délécluse, Lepak, Carter.
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Drum Set (optional)

  • Show a variety of styles including – Medium Swing, Swing in ¾, Bossa Nova, Rock and Funk. And brush work
Four Mallets Suggested Solo repertoire


Beginner
Carulli, Ferdinando Andante (transcr. Kite)
Peters, Mitchell Sea Refractions
Peters, Mitchell Waves
Pimental, L./Moore, J. The Solo Marimbist, Vol. 1

Beginner to Intermediate
Brown, Thomas A. Mexican Murals
DeLancey, Charles Rosewood Blues
Gomez, Alice Marimba Flamenca
Gottry, Josh Irrelevant
Houliff, Murray Two Pieces
Pimental, L./Moore, J. The Solo Marimbist, Vol. 2
Rosauro, Ney Seven Brazilian Children Songs
Tyson, Blake A cricket sang and set the sun
Wittiber, Benjamin Autumn Marimba
Zeltsman, Nancy Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nebojsa J. Funny Mallets, Book 1

Intermediate
Bergamo, John Five Short Pieces for Marimba
Cotto, Orlando Marimba For An Angel
Finley, Benjamin Evergreen
Glennie, Evelyn Three Chorales
O’Meara, Rich Restless
Romanski, Kevin Life on the River
Schmitt, Matthias Ghanaia
Séjourné, Emmanuel Nancy
Spencer, Julie After the Storm
Zeltsman, Nancy Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nebojsa J. Funny Mallets, Book 1

Intermediate to Advanced
Abe, Keiko Ancient Vase (from first collection)
Abe, Keiko Memories of the Seashore (from first collection)
Abe, Keiko Prism (from second collection)
Andriessen, Louis Mouse Running (IMM, vol. 2)
Berg, Daniel Over the Moon
Berg, Daniel December
Blume, Gernot Preface
Carlton, Jude Tune for Nep (IMM, vol. 2)
Carno, Zita Suite for a Marimba with a Mind of Its Own
Chen, Yi Jing Marimba (IMM, vol. 2)
Burritt, Michael October Night
Edwards, Ross Marimba Dances
Espel, Guillo Zamba para escuchar tu silencio
Friedman, David Air Sculpture
Friedman, David Between Dusk and Dawn
Friedman, David (Arr.) The Christmas Song (by Mel Torme/Robert Wells)
Friedman, David Izgalom
Friedman, David Trying to Say Good-bye
Friedman, David Valse Binaire
Grom, Ian Quintessence
Haddad, Ed Have You Met Lydia? (IMM, vol. 1)
Hersch, Fred Chorinho Picante (IMM, vol. 2)
Hersh, Howard Run!
Hillborg, Anders Two Pieces for Solo Marimba (IMM, vol. 1)
Jaeger, David Lyrics
Jones, Darren Two Little Movements (IMM, vol. 1)
Kinkelder, Dolf de Touch
Levitan, Daniel Opening Day (mvmt. II from Suite Nº 2)
Levitan, Daniel The Rollover
Lorandi, Gaetano Riflessi de Raggi Lunari (IMM, vol. 1)
Mackey, Steven Beast (IMM, vol. 1)
Metcalf, Joanne Floating and Grooving
Muramatsu, Takatsuga Land
Naito, Akemi Memory of the Woods
Netzer, Osnat Taksim (IMM, vol. 1)
Okatani, Kaori Three Colors for Solo Marimba (IMM, vol. 2)
Randall, J. K. through Lapland (IMM, vol. 2)
Séjourné, Emmanuel Katamiya (from Internationale Soli für Percussion: 7 Stücke für Marimba)
Simon, Paul Amulet (IMM, vol. 1)
Spencer, Julie Chelsea Window
Spencer, Julie Pink Elisa Spring
Spencer, Julie White Squirrel
Stasack, Jennifer E. Six Elegies Dancing
Stout, Gordon Beads of Glass
Stout, Gordon Two Mexican Dances
Stout, Gordon Wood That Sings
Stucky, Steven Dust Devil (IMM, vol. 2)
Tan, Alvina Danson? (IMM, vol. 1)
Trevino, Ivan Songbook Vol. 1
Tywoniuk, Derek For Dean Primmer (IMM, vol. 1)
Ung, Chinary Cinnabar Heart (IMM, vol. 2)
Wallen, Errollyn Remember, Marimba (IMM, vol. 2)
Wiener, Ruud Capriccio Cristallino
Yoshioka, Takayoshi Suite for Marimba Nº 1, 2 & 3
Zeltsman, Nancy Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nobojsa J. Il Canto Del Gondolieri (from Funny Marimba, Book 2)
Zivkovic, Nobojsa J. Northwind (from Funny Marimba, Book 2)

Advanced
Aldridge, Robert From My Little Island
Aldridge, Robert The Zebra (IMM, vol.1)
Bley, Carla Over There (IMM, vol. 1)
Chen, Hsin-Yi (Sharon) Sea of Trees
Chen, Hsin-Yi (Sharon) The Swallow (Traditional Chinese)
Chen, Hsin-Yi (Sharon) Variations on 'Little Golden Oriole'
Druckman, Jacob Reflections on the Nature of Water
Ewazen, Eric Northern Lights
Hatzis, Christos Fertility Rites (with CD)
Ishii, Maki Hiten-Seido III, op. 75
Jolas, Betsy Morning Thoughts (IMM, vol. 2)
Lee, Thomas Oboe Préludios…
Mackey, Steven See Ya Thursday
Maggio, Robert Songs from the Wood
Mays, Lyle Mindwalk (IMM, vol. 2)
Miki, Minoru Time for Marimba
Rolfe, James The Connection (with speaking, 1 performer)
Rolfe, James Sticky (IMM, vol. 2)
Schuller, Gunther Three Small Adventures (IMM, vol. 1)
Sueyoshi, Yasuo Mirage pour Marimba
Smart, Gary The Seasons
Spencer, Julie Brothers in Peace
Zeltsman, Nancy Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Zivkovic, Nebojsa J. Ultimatum I

Extremely Difficult
Andriessen, Louis Woodpecker (with tuned temple blocks & wood blocks)
Bennett, Richard Rodney After Syrinx II
Fujikura, Dai repetition/recollection
Heider, Werner Laudate Lignum
Klatzow, Peter Dances of Earth and Fire
Lansky, Paul Three Moves
Levitan, Daniel Marimba Singular
Michalek, Shawn black and blue
Schuller, Gunther Marimbology
Schwantner, Joseph Velocities
Thomas, Andrew Merlin
Viñao, Alejandro Khan Variations (IMM)