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Classical Performance Diploma in Percussion

The Percussion Performance Diploma comprises performance studies in both applied music and ensembles.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Diploma
The Classical Performance Diploma allows advanced students to undertake an intensive period of performance study to concentrate on repertories and genres of their choice.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Ninety-minute private lessons weekly, ensembles and one public recital each year.

More Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

All percussion students perform in symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, opera, chamber music, and in regularly scheduled percussion area performance classes.

Testimonials

"The percussion faculty at CCPA comprises passionate teachers and performers who can be seen/heard on stages around the world, including here in Chicago (including the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera). Students in the percussion program will enhance their musicianship by learning and developing performance skills on their instrument under the tutelage of master artists. Students will also learn pedagogical techniques for teaching students while working in a cooperative-learning environment. Plus, if you are a student at CCPA you will get to live in the heart of Chicago, which is one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the world."

​Ed Harrison
Head of Percussion Program and Artist Faculty, Percussion​​, Roosevelt University
Admission

Percussion Audition Requirements

All instruments will be supplied; students may bring their own snare drum and tambourine.

Freshman (BM)

A solo piece for keyboard percussion; a solo piece for timpani; a solo piece for snare drum

Sophomore, Junior, Senior (BM)

An advanced solo from any area of percussion, and: 

  • Snare drum: a rudimental roll mf>p<ff, and an orchestral roll mf>p<ff.
  • Keyboard percussion: A four-mallet etude.
  • Timpani: an etude from The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth, or an etude of similar difficulty

Masters in Performance (MM)

Mallet, timpani, and snare drum or multi-percussion solo pieces at the level of a final senior recital. Due to set-up constraints, applicants can submit a videotape of a multi-percussion solo at the live audition.

Performance Diploma

Mallet, timpani, and snare drum or multi-percussion solo pieces at the level of a final masters recital. Due to set-up constraints, applicants can submit a videotape of a multi-percussion solo at the live audition.

Masters in Orchestral Studies / Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies

  • All of the following excerpts (five of these excerpts will be picked by the faculty at the audition):
    • Snare Drum: Solo or etudé          
    • Marimba/Vibraphone: 4 mallet and 2 mallet solo 
    • Timpani: 4 drum solo or etudé
    • Orchestral Excerpts: 

      Applicants should choose material that shows their best musical attributes.
      Standard orchestral excerpts from the major orchestral and/or opera literature
      on snare drum, timpani, xylophone and bells.  The applicant may also perform
      excerpts on tambourine, cymbals and accessories.

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