Percussion Audition Information

The MEIS Department offers three percussion audition track programs: Percussion Performance, Music Business - Audition Track, and Recording Arts - Audition Track. The audition requirements listed below are for all three of these percussion audition-track options. Percussion applicants can choose between auditioning by video or auditioning live. Please read through the audition requirements below and the information about how to audition.

    Percussion Audition Requirements:

    1) If auditioning by video, please start the video by verbally introducing yourself and describing your music training and background.

    2) Perform the following:

    • Concert Style Snare Drum Solo - Anthony Cirone “Portraits In Rhythm” or similar.
    • Rudimental Style Snare Drum Solo (No Marching Band Solos please)
      • Longer Solos – John S. Pratt “14 Modern Contest Solos for Snare Drum” or similar.
      • Shorter Solos – Charley Wilcoxon “The All-American Drummer 150 Rudimental Solos” or similar.
      • NOTE: If choosing the shorter solos please combine three solos to be played in succession, either 2/4 – 6/8 – 2/4 or 6/8 – 2/4 – 6/8. All three solos should be in the same tempo.

    3) Optional additional pieces:

    • Short Mallet Solo - 2 or 4 mallets, instrument of choice: Marimba / Vibes / Xylophone.
    • Brief demonstration of any “Latin” (Afro-Cuban / Brazilian) Percussion skills - Congas / Timbales / Bongo / etc.

    How to submit an audition video:

    After recording your audition video per the guidelines listed above, decide how you will submit your video. We offer two platforms for video audition submissions: 1) Through the portfolio section on CU Denver application portal or 2) through our page ($30 fee to submit through Acceptd). 

    • If submitting the video using the CU Denver application portal, either submit the video in the portfolio section when applying to CU Denver or go back into your application portal after you've already applied to upload your video in the portfolio section.
    • If submitting the video through our page on, go to Then choose your Program Group (emphasis area) and Program (instrument). Click “Get Started!”. Follow the registration instructions to create your account and upload your video. Please note that it costs $30 to submit an audition video through Acceptd. 

    We try to review audition videos within three weeks of receipt. Applicants will be contacted about next steps. Faculty may request that applicants conduct a live audition in addition to the video submission.

    How to audition live:

    Our live audition dates are listed on our MEIS applicant webpage hereFaculty member Todd Reid conducts the live auditions. To schedule a live audition or get questions answered about the percussion audition process, please contact Todd at todd.reid@ucdenver.eduPlease let Todd know on which of our four audition dates you'd like to schedule an audition. He will respond with an audition time and the details. 

    Live auditions typically take 20-30 minutes and will take place in the Arts Building on the Auraria Campus. The audition will consist of sight-reading and a short demonstration of the pieces described above. The audition will also feature an opportunity for the prospective student to ask questions regarding the program, applied lessons, ensemble placement, etc. 


    Reach out to Todd Reid at

    College of Arts & Media

    CU Denver

    Arts Building

    1150 10th Street

    Suite 177

    Denver, CO 80204


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