Harp / Timpani / Percussion / Piano Audition Requirements

Harp

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker | Cadenza
  • BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique | Un Bal
  • BARTOK Concerto For Orchestra | 4th mvt.: mm. 42-58
  • VERDI Forza del Destino Overture | Letter G to Letter O

Timpani

  • FIRTH The Solo Timpanist | Etude XI
  • BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra | 4th mvt. mm. 42-51
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 | 1st mvt.: mm. 89-110; 4th mvt.: mm. 409-end
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 | 1st mvt.: mm. 68-91; 4th mvt.: mm. 375-end
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 | 1st mvt.: 18 bars before Letter S to end
  • HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis | 2nd mvt.
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 1st mvt.: 2 bars before Letter T to Letter U

Percussion

  • Snare Drum
    • LONG ROLL EXERCISE | Start pp, gradually cresendo to a fermata ff, then gradually diminuendo to pp (30 seconds approx.)
    • DELECLUSE Douze Etudes | Etude #1
    • PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kije | 1st mvt. (The Birth of Kije): Rehearsal #1–#2
    • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade | 3rd mvt.: Letter D to Letter E; Letter F to Letter G; 4th mvt.: Letter P to Letter U (condense rests before S)
  • Marimba
    • Solo or etude of your choice (two or four mallets)
  • Xylophone
    • GERSHWIN Porgy & Bess
  • Glockenspiel
    • DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice | Rehearsal #17–#20; Rehearsal #22–#24; Rehearsal #52–#53
  • Cymbals
    • CRASH EXERCISE A series of crashes, in crescendo from pp to ff
  • Tambourine
    • DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture

Piano

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts

  • BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story | Mambo
  • COPLAND Appalachian Spring | Rehearsal #7–#10
  • STRAVINSKI Petrouchka | Danse Russe, Rehearsal #33 to 2 measures after #39