ISU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
The Iowa State University Percussion Ensemble maintains a very active performance schedule, giving between 4-6 performances a season. The ensemble takes advantage of the full stylistic and sonic breadth that the relatively young medium of percussion chamber music provokes, performing music that ranges from classics by composers such as John Cage and Iannis Xenakis, to collaborators with renown composers on new repertoire.
Additional courses offered in the percussion studio include Percussion Methods (for music education majors), Percussion Pedagogy, Cyclone Percussion Group, and Percussion Literature.
To be accepted into the Percussion Studio you should be prepared to perform the following:
Concert snare drum solo/etude — You may be asked to play a variety of PAS Rudiments in addition to your prepared material.
Mallet Keyboard Solo (preferably four-mallet marimba, but two-mallet is acceptable) — You will be asked to play major scales (two octaves) in addition to your prepared material.
Timpani Solo/etude — You will be asked to match pitch (sing pitches) in addition to your prepared material.
Sight-reading will be asked on concert snare drum and two-mallet keyboard.
Optional: You may also include materials from the following areas:
Rudimental Style snare solo/etude
Drum Set (variety of styles — jazz, latin, funk, rock)
Please contact Dr. Jonathan Sharp with any audition questions: email@example.com.
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY PERCUSSION
Percussion Studies at Iowa State University is designed with a comprehensive approach to performance of literature in all styles and idioms of music. The Percussion Studies Program provides professional-level experiences and opportunities for all students that foster growth through self-discipline, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
Many of our students are recognized by national and international awards through their participation in competitions and summer programs. A large number of our graduates pursue graduate degrees at the nation's top music schools and our alumni are employed as K-12 educators and in-demand freelance percussionists.