Admissions

Percussion Auditions at IWU

VIDEO auditions now being accepted for all instruments and vocalists. Due to recent CDC guidelines on-campus auditions have been suspended for the foreseeable future. To upload your audition video you must first apply to IWU. After submitting your application you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your student status portal. Once you have logged in to your portal you will be able to upload your audition video using the edit portfolio link. We want you to know that we are here for you and look forward to receiving your video audition.  If you have any questions please reach out to Laura Dolan at ldolan@iwu.edu.

 
Audition Requirements:

Snare Drum:
  1. Advanced concert etude or solo of your choice.
  2. 3-5 contrasting orchestral excerpts.
  3. Optional rudimental solo.
Keyboard:
  1. 2 or 4-mallet marimba solo of your choice.
  2. Optional: 2-3 contrasting xylophone excerpts.
  3. Optional: vibraphone solo or etude of your choice.
Timpani:
  1. A solo or etude of your choice.
  2. Optional: 2-3 contrasting orchestral excerpts.
Drum-set:
This is not required but it is highly recommended that the applicant be able to demonstrate between 3-5 styles (swing with sticks/brushes; funk; afro-cuban, etc.) on drum-set.

Prior to scheduling your audition, please have the following information available:
  • Title/Composer of each piece to be performed
  • Length of each composition
  • Instrument(s) needed
  • Past repertoire studied
  • Length of time spent studying audition repertoire

What to expect on weekday auditions: After registering for your audition, you will receive a schedule which will include:
  • Tour of campus
  • Meeting with an admissions counselor
  • Ensemble rehearsal
  • Lunch with a current music student
To schedule your audition, please select an available date from the calendar or call the Music Admissions Office at 1-309-556-3063.
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