Percussion Studies

Percussion Auditions


All prospective and transfer students must first submit an application for admission to the Steinhardt School at New York University before contacting the Percussion director to schedule your audition. You can find information on the application process through the appropriate admissions office. 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Graduate Admissions

Auditioning/Interviewing for the NYU Classical Percussion Program is a positive and valuable experience. We have designed a unique audition/interview structure through which you will be immersed in the world of NYU Percussion by participating in various musical activities. The NYU interview and audition process is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to faculty and students, each of whom provide an environment in which you can demonstrate your full potential.

You should plan to dedicate a day, or at least an afternoon and early evening, in order to complete all of the activities that make up your NYU audition experience. Your audition experience at NYU will include an individual audition in which you will perform select solo compositions for the NYU faculty, followed by the opportunity to rehearse/perform with the NYU Marimba Ensemble. We would like you to have an opportunity to hear our students perform for you, along with a Question and Answer session for you and your parents or guardians.

For applicants that are unable to travel to NYU for a live audition, an online video audition is offered. This audition is specifically designed for those that have economic or logistical issues beyond their control and are not able to travel to New York City for an audition. 

There is no better way to capture the total NYU Steinhardt experience than by coming to NYU and auditioning in person. This enables you to meet our students and faculty, and to experience the rich and diverse activities that make up the NYU Steinhardt Classical Percussion Program.

Audition Procedures, Requirements and Deadlines

Early Decision I Application Deadline: November 1 (undergraduate only)
Early Decision II Application Deadline: January 1 (undergraduate)
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1 (undergraduate) and January 6 (graduate) 
PhD Candidates Application Deadline: December 15


Undergraduate applicants will receive an email notification that your application materials have been received. Upon submitting your application and materials, contact Professor Jonathan Haas immediately to schedule your audition date and time.

Auditions for Early Decision I (December) and Early Decision II (February), should be scheduled directly with Professor Jonathan Haas.

Master's applicants will receive an email to confirm their application has been submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. In addition to submitting the graduate application, master's candidates must also contact 
Professor Jonathan Haas to schedule their audition date and time. Music Education majors who play percussion should schedule their audition through Music Ed here.

PhD candidates should arrange an audition with Professor Haas - in person auditions are preferred and must be completed by January 15 - one month after the application deadline for Doctoral candidates.

2017 regular audition dates for undergraduates and graduates:
Sunday, February 12, Beginning at 5:30pm
Sunday, February 19, Beginning at 11am
Sunday, February 26, Beginning at 11am
Monday, February 27, Beginning at 5pm

If you cannot travel to New York, you may choose to submit your audition video via GetAcceptd. However, you must notify Prof. Jonathan Haas that this is your intention. Read online video instructions here.

Also, if you are unable to attend any of the above audition dates but still want to audition live, additional dates can be scheduled on a case by case basis with Professor Haas.

Note for Prospective Transfer Students:
Though NYU's deadline for Spring transfer admission is November 1 and our deadline for Summer/Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application one month in advance. Submitting your Common Application early will leave you more time to schedule an audition by our deadlines above.

Required Repertoire

Auditions may include ear testing and sight reading. Students should bring a resume and repertoire lists.


Snare Drum

  1. Delecluse solo #1 or Cirone solo
  2. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade or Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf excerpt


  1. Two or Four Mallet solo of your choosing


  1. Firth solo etude or March by Elliot Carter from Eight Pieces for Solo Timpani
  2. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Mvt 1, start from letter T (to end of passage) or Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 Scherzo


  1. Gershwin's Porgy and Bess or Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon excerpt

Multi Solo:

  1. Optional final solo in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat

Chamber Music
Metric Lips (Marimba 1)

At the conclusion of your audition you will be asked to answer the following questions.

What are your goals and aspirations as a college student?
Why have you chosen to apply to NYU?
If chosen to come to NYU, what would you find most meaningful and important, in beginning your studies, both academically and musically?



  1. One major work from the four mallet solo marimba repertoire

Snare drum

  1. One solo from the Delecluse 12 Etudes of applicants choosing


  1. One Carter Solo of applicants choosing

Multiple percussion

  1. One solo from the major percussion repertoire of applicants choosing

Orchestra Excerpts:  Select one major work each, of applicants choosing, for:

  1. Xylophone
  2. Snare drum
  3. Timpani

Chamber Music
Metric Lips (Marimba 1)