2015 Audition Information

Percussion auditions for all major ensembles (except jazz) will be held on September 13 from 2 – 5 p.m. in SH27.  Please sign up for a time slot on the door of Shattuck 25 (Richeson studio).

New students who are not majoring in music should prepare an etude that best demonstrates their technical level in all principle areas of percussion performance—snare, mallet keyboard, and timpani if possible. New students who are majoring in music must prepare an etude in all principle areas of percussion performance (snare, mallet keyboard, and timpani). Here is a list of repertoire that the percussion major could consider, but other etudes or excerpts will be accepted: snare drum - #12 from Portraits of Rhythm by Cirone; keyboard percussion - Allegro moderato (to letter D) from Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor, pages 94-95 in the Modern School for Xylo, Marimba, Vibraphone by Goldenberg or any movement from a Bach sonata for violin, flute, cello, etc.; timpani– demonstrate tuning and perform etude of your choice. There will also be sight-reading in each of these areas. In addition, be prepared to demonstrate techniques on assorted percussion accessories such as tambourine, triangle, and cymbals. You can use prepared orchestral excerpts, if you like.

Returning students should prepare the following excerpts for auditions: S.D. - Scheherazade; keyboards - Sorcerer's Apprentice, Porgy and Bess; timpani –Delecluse #9 for junior and seniors, (any timpani etude for sophomores); a tambourine and crash cymbal excerpt of your choice.

Explanation of jazz audition procedures is located at http://www.lawrence.edu/conservatory/degrees_information/placement_exam_information/jazz_audition. These will be for drum set and auxiliary percussion positions.

There will be a mandatory studio meeting for all percussion students studying with Professor Richeson and performing in the ensembles on September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 27. Please bring calendars and course schedules. Read this paragraph again!

All percussion majors should own their own metronome, practice pad, assortment of snare drum sticks, keyboard percussion mallets (i.e. xylophone, bells, vibes, marimba), timpani mallets (four pairs: wood, general, staccato, legato), triangle beaters and clips, A-440 tuning fork, dictionary of percussion terms, and pocket size music dictionary. Percussionists should also have an attachè case of some sort in which to carry mallets and music. Following is a list of manufacturers and mallet types to choose from, though there are many other types from which to choose:

Company and Type

Snare Drum:  Vic Firth or Cooperman; General or Graham Jones #1 Persimmon
Drum set: Vic Firth; P. Erskine
Brushes: Real Tip; Telescopic
Combination Stick: Vic Firth; Swizzle G
Timpani: Black Swamp or Cloyd; General-bamboo; Staccato shaft-maple or bamboo; Cartwheel soft-maple; Wood-maple
Marimba: Encore or Innovative; Orange-medium 2 pr. (rattan handles or birch); Teal medium hard
Vibes: Malletech or Innovative; D. Samuels Model #18, 2 pair or Astrand
Xylo: Malletech or Innovative; Orchestra series, Brown rattan
Bells: Malletech or Innovative; Orchestra series-black or white head
Triangle beaters: & clip Stoessel or Black Swamp; Set and clip

Steve Weiss Music and Percussion Source are good mail order companies to order from. Go to www.steveweissmusic.com or www.percussionsource.com for current prices and selections.

Freshmen percussion majors may not be able to purchase all of these implements before school begins, but it is strongly advised that purchases take place by the end of Term I. All returning students are required to have the variety of mallets recommended by Professor Richeson.

Required method books for Term I


Snare Drum:
Developing Dexterity by M. Peters
The Snare Drum Roll by G. Olmstead
The All-American Drummer by Wilcoxon
Snare Drum in the Concert Hall by Payson
12 Etudes by Delecluse
Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone
Odd Rudimental Etudes by M. Peters

Modern School of Xylo, Vibes, and Bells by M. Goldenberg
Ideo Kinetics by G. Stout
Method of Movement by L. H. Stevens
Rhythmical Articulation by Bona
Vibraphone Technique by David Friedman
26 Bach Chorales arr. by Murray Houllif or Evelyn Glennie's Chorales
4 Mallet Marimba Technique by Nancy Zeltsman

Drum Set:
Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer Vol. 1 by J. Chapin
The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley
Drum Set Reading by Ron Fink

Techniques of Playing Bass Drum, Cymbals, and Accessories by Payson
Guidebook to Conga Technique by Michael Spiro
Symphonic Repertoire for Keyboard Percussion by Jack Van Geem


All of the above, including timpani methods:
Modern Method for Timpani by Goodman
Twenty Studies for Timpani by Delecluse
Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani by Raynor Carroll
Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum Set by Frank Malabe
Brazilian Rhythms for Drum Set by Duduka da Fonseca

All percussion majors must become members of the Percussive Arts Society by the end of their freshmen year. Please come with the materials requested and be well prepared for auditions. Any questions may be referred to Professor Richeson (dane.m.richeson@lawrence.edu or call 920-470-1773 (cell)).

Thank you, and I look forward to working with you next year!


Dane Richeson

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