Application Deadline: Applications still being accepted
During the two-week intensive, students engage in hands-on study of all the major concert percussion instruments in daily classes which are designed to enhance both technical and musical skills in the areas of snare drum, two and four-mallet keyboard, timpani, orchestral percussion (cymbals, tambourine, bass drum, triangle), and drum set. Additionally, students participate in a daily music theory aural skills class as well as supplemental sessions on world percussion, percussion literature, percussion maintenance and successful practice techniques. Students also participate in daily percussion ensemble rehearsals preparing repertoire that culminates in an end-of-session concert performance.
Percussion Institute participants will experience a challenging range of various master classes, clinics, lectures, rehearsals and performances - all focused on enhancing their existing percussion "toolkit" and preparing them for success in college auditions should they choose to take them.
The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)
Performance Video (Upload)
Upload two separate video files of repertoire that represents your highest level of musicianship in the following areas:
Aim to produce the highest quality recording possible - one which represents your tone quality and musicianship to the fullest (HD, if possible). Make sure the audio supporting your video is clear and free of distortion. When recording loud instruments like SD, place the microphone at a good distance from the instrument and test your loudest volume to set the input levels to avoid clipping or distortion.
For any questions about specific repertoire submissions, please contact Prof. Jonathan Ovalle - firstname.lastname@example.org before making/submitting your video.
Confidential Recommendation (Upload)
Have one of your current music teachers (private teacher or band/orchestra director) assess your work in a confidential letter of recommendation. Make sure your recommender puts your name in the subject line (Re: John Smith - MPulse Recommendation). In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.
Repertoire List (Upload)
Submit a list of percussion solos (all instruments) and percussion ensemble pieces you have performed and/or studied with your private teacher (if applicable). Do not include technical exercises out of method books, solo and ensemble repertoire only.
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