Master of Music in Percussion Performance

Richard Brown, faculty
Matthew Strauss, faculty

Online Preliminary Submission by December 1, 2017

The green icon labeled "Preliminary Dropbox" at the bottom of this page will lead you to the Rice University portal for Acceptd, an online repository for preliminary audition materials. There is a $24 fee to use this fee.

Required preliminary repertoire is by video submission

Snare Drum:

  • Long Roll: Play a continuous buzz roll beginning at pp and crescendo to ff over a period of 30 seconds
  • Delecluse: Etude No. 1 from "12 Etudes for Snare Drum" (beg. - downbeat of m. 36)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Mvt. III (Reh. D - E and after 5 after F for 4 measures)


  • Play any 4 mallet movement from a Bach Suite or Sonata for violin, cello, or lute (no repeats)


  • Long Roll: play a continuous roll on the 29" drum tuned to an "A" over a period of 30 seconds. Begin at pp and crescendo to ff
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Mvt. I (18 before S - End)
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, Mvt. 1 (2 before T - 3 before U)

If you have not heard from us by January 5, 2018, please email us.

Required graduate live audition repertoire

Two Marimba Solos: (One should be four-mallets and the other should be two-mallets)

  • one contemporary solo
  • One movement from any Bach Suite or Sonata (e.g. violin, cello, lute)

One Timpani Solo (e.g. Goodman, Hochrainer, Firth, Carroll)

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • four snare drum
  • four timpani
  • four xylophone
  • two glockenspiel
  • one cymbals
  • one tambourine


Live auditions will be held January 25, 27, 28, 31, and February 2, 2018.

Any questions regarding your application may be directed to Phyllis Smith.

Submit your digital application