The percussion studio at Lamont is full of dedicated musicians who work hard and love what they do, all the while preparing for professional careers in music. Percussion students study with John Kinzie, Director of Percussion Studies at Lamont and also the principal percussionist of the Colorado Symphony. Professor Kinzie started his orchestral career when he won the principal percussionist position with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at 19 years old.

Auditions

Applicants may choose to either audition in person in Denver OR submit a recorded video audition and complete a Zoom interview. 

Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You may indicate your preference for a live or virtual audition on the Lamont application.

Click here to view the current year’s audition/interview dates and the full steps for how to apply.

  • In-Person Audition Requirements
    All auditions are approximately 15 minutes in length. The applicant will choose one of their prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly an additional work as well.

    Undergraduate (BM and BA)
    • Snare Drum:
      • Perform a concert solo from the Peters, Cirone or Delécluse books
      • Perform a rudimentary solo from the Wilcoxon or Pratt books
      • Demonstrate basic technical knowledge of rudiments and rolls
      • Sight reading
    • Mallets
      • Perform a two-mallet solo from the standard literature, which may include the Bach Cello Suites, Violin Partitas or Sonatas
      • Perform a four-mallet solo
      • All major scales
      • Sight reading
    • Timpani
      • Perform an etude from either the Goodman Timpani Method or the Friese-Lepak Timpani Method
      • Recognize basic intervals
      • Demonstrate a good sense of pitch

     

    Undergraduate (Minor)
    • Demonstrate major and minor scales on a mallet instrument
    • Demonstrate the standard rudiments for snare drum
    • Perform a piece of your choice for snare drum
    • Perform a piece of your choice for mallets using either two or four mallets

     

    Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)
    • Snare Drum
      • Perform a concert solo from either the Peters Advanced Etudes or Delécluse books
      • Perform a rudimentary solo from the Pratt book
      • Perform a concert roll pp-ff-pp
      • Perform three standard excerpts from the orchestral literature
      • Sight reading
    • Mallets
      • Perform a two-mallet solo from the standard literature, which may include the Bach Violin Partitas or Sonatas plus a two-mallet solo of your choice
      • Perform a four-mallet solo
      • Perform three xylophone or bell excerpts from the standard orchestral literature
      • Sight reading
    • Timpani
      • Perform an etude from the Delécluse book
      • Perform a roll pp-ff-pp
      • Perform three timpani excerpts from the standard orchestral literature

     

    Review Requirements for Artist Diploma
    Review Requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies

  • Video Audition Requirements
    Applicants unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit a video audition via the Lamont application AND will complete a live Zoom interview. Repertoire may be recorded separately in multiple takes; editing within each take is prohibited.
    The 20-minute interview will consist of a Q&A and sight-singing. You will not be asked to play anything. 

    Undergraduate (BM and BA)
    • Snare Drum:
      • Perform a concert solo from the Peters, Cirone or Delécluse books
      • Perform a rudimentary solo from the Wilcoxon or Pratt books
      • Demonstrate basic technical knowledge of rudiments and rolls
      • Sight reading
    • Mallets
      • Perform a two-mallet solo from the standard literature, which may include the Bach Cello Suites, Violin Partitas or Sonatas
      • Perform a four-mallet solo
      • All major scales
      • Sight reading
    • Timpani
      • Perform an etude from either the Goodman Timpani Method or the Friese-Lepak Timpani Method
      • Recognize basic intervals
      • Demonstrate a good sense of pitch

     

    Undergraduate (Minor)
    • Demonstrate major and minor scales on a mallet instrument
    • Demonstrate the standard rudiments for snare drum
    • Perform a piece of your choice for snare drum
    • Perform a piece of your choice for mallets using either two or four mallets

     

    Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)
    • Snare Drum
      • Perform a concert solo from either the Peters Advanced Etudes or Delécluse books
      • Perform a rudimentary solo from the Pratt book
      • Perform a concert roll pp-ff-pp
      • Perform three standard excerpts from the orchestral literature
      • Sight reading
    • Mallets
      • Perform a two-mallet solo from the standard literature, which may include the Bach Violin Partitas or Sonatas plus a two-mallet solo of your choice
      • Perform a four-mallet solo
      • Perform three xylophone or bell excerpts from the standard orchestral literature
      • Sight reading
    • Timpani
      • Perform an etude from the Delécluse book
      • Perform a roll pp-ff-pp
      • Perform three timpani excerpts from the standard orchestral literature

     

    Review Requirements for Artist Diploma
    Review Requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies

Faculty

 
John Kinzie leaning on xylophone

John Kinzie

Adjunct Faculty, Percussion

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Thomas Miller with a steel drum

Tom Miller

Adjunct Faculty, Steel Drums

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    Members of the Lamont Percussion Ensemble in performance.

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