SUU Percussion

Prospective Percussion Students

Thank you for your interest in percussion at Southern Utah University! Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the percussion program.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I get more information about Southern Utah University?
    Visit Southern Utah University
  • How do I get a music scholarship?
    All future students audition for music scholarships during the Music Entrance and Scholarship Auditions in February and March.
  • Do I have to audition in order to become a music major?
    Yes, please contact Dr. Lynn Vartan to schedule an audition.
  • What is required to audition for Percussion?
    It is desirable for applicants to play a solo piece in the following categories:
    • Mallets: The selection should be chosen for musical content and technical difficulty (two-and-four-mallet work is desirable). Scales, arpeggios, and sight-reading may be required.
    • Snare Drum: The selection should clearly demonstrate your level of technical ability. Rudiments, including an orchestra roll, at all dynamic levels may be required.
    • Timpani: The selection should utilize two or more drums. Rolls with different dynamic levels on different drums should be demonstrated. Intonation and sight-reading abilities may be tested.
    • Drum set and/or ethnic percussion is not required but may be included at the applicant's discretion.
  • When are the Auditions for Percussion?
    February 23, 2013
    March 2, 2013
    or by appointment
  • If I can't audition in person can I submit an audition CD or DVD?
    Yes, you may submit an audition CD or DVD for your entrance/scholarship audition. Send the CD/DVD to:

    Dr. Lynn Vartan
    SUU Department of Music
    351 West University Blvd.
    Cedar City, UT 84720
  • Can I take private percussion lessons if I am not a music major?
    Yes, private instruction is available to students on a space available basis; preference is given to those students participating in large ensembles.