Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

We believe music is a vital human experience. We have the highest expectations of students and faculty and are committed to their growth and development.


The David Swenson Foundation Percussion Scholarship is a four-year award granted to those outstanding musicians pursuing a degree in music at St. Cloud State University whose primary instrument is percussion. The award is competitive and its distribution is based upon the results of an audition process.

Percussion scholarship currently awards $16,000 over a four-year period. The award is divided into four $4,000 yearly awards and is applied towards tuition through the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid. Renewal is based upon committee review of each recipient's academic standing, ensemble participation, and satisfactory progress towards a degree in music.

David Swenson was a 1976 Bachelor of Science graduate in music education at St. Cloud State University. He was a percussionist with multiple goals in music and life, and before his early and tragic death in April 1992, he established a foundation dedicated to education in the percussive arts at St. Cloud State University.

How to apply

The David Swenson Foundation Scholarships are awarded through application and acceptance to St. Cloud State University and through competitive auditions held in February (remove - through April) of each academic year. All awards are renewable with successful completion of academic and performance criteria.

Dr. Terry Vermillion, Percussion Studies
tvermillion@stcloudstate.edu / (320) 308-5237

Percussion Collective
Percussion Studies Guest Artist Series
Terry Vermillion, Professor of Music: Percussion Studies

Questions?
Dr. Daniel O'Bryant, Scholarship Committee Chair
dkobryant@stcloudstate.edu (320) 308-2280

Percussion Studio Entrance & Scholarship Auditions

Students applying for private lessons in percussion are required to audition for permissionto enroll in the course and should be able to demonstrate the following skills on at least one of the three areas: concert snare drum, a mallet keyboard instrument (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone), or drumset. Although etudes of the student's choice are certainly welcome, the student may refer to the list of suggested Sight Reading and Soloetudes at the bottom if suggestions are needed.

Snare Drum

Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, andtone through performance of a prepared etude or solo. The prepared piece may be ineither a concert or rudimental style but should include some combination of flams, ruffs/drags, accents, a variety of dynamics, and a variety of roll lengths.

Demonstrate basic grip and stroke control by playing the following rudiments in an open-closed-open (slow-fast-slow) manner:

  •  Alternating single strokes
  •  Double bounce (open) roll
  •  Single, double and triple paradiddles
  •  Buzz (closed) roll
  •  Alternating flams (fla-fla)
  •  Alternating two-stroke ruffs (drags)

Demonstrmusic@stcloudstate.edu / (320) 308-3223ate basic reading skills by sight-reading a snare drum etude during the audition.

Mallet Keyboard Instrument (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone)

Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, andtone through performance of a prepared etude or solo. The prepared piece should containa variety of roll lengths and a variety of dynamics.

Demonstrate basic 2-mallet grip and stroke control, and basic music theory fundamentals by playing the following major scales: C, G, D, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab

Demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-reading a mallet keyboard etude during the audition.


Drum Set

Demonstrate control of basic musical elements including tempo, rhythm, balance, and tone production through performance of several different drumset styles including amedium tempo swing style, rock, funk, and any Latin styles including bossa nova, samba,mambo, and songo.

Demonstrate basic reading skills by sight-reading a drumset chart during the audition.

Guidelines for Sight Reading Etudes and Solos Appropriate forEntrance to Applied Study in Percussion

Mallet keyboard prepared etudes and solos should meet the following guidelines:

  •  1-2 minutes in length
  •  utilize various length rolls
  •  include various dynamics
  •  utilize either 2 or 4-mallets

Mallet keyboard sight reading excerpt will be similar to those found in MorrisGoldenberg’s Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Bells, pgs. 8-39; or Garwood Whaley’s Fundamental Studies for Mallets, pgs. 23-38.

Snare drum prepared etudes and solos should meet the following guidelines:

  •  1-2 minutes in length
  •  utilize various length rolls, flams, and ruffs/drags
  •  include various dynamics

Snare drum sight reading excerpt will be similar to those found in Morris Goldenberg’sModern School for Snare Drum, pgs. 44-49; or Garwood Whaley’s Fundamental Studies for the Snare Drum, #42-56.

Suggested Repertoire for Prepared Etudes or Solos

(Student choices for audition material is entirely appropriate and the following is onlysuggested as a point of reference)

Mallet Keyboard

Mitchell Peters Zen Wanderer Yellow After the Rain Sea Refractions Waves for marimba Teardrops for marimbaDog BeachPastiche Undercurrents for marimba

  • Any Etude from Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Marimba, Xylo, and Bells
  • Alice Gomez Rain Dance Scenes from Mexico Mbira SongMarimba Flamenca Etude in D Minor Gitano
  • Debussy (Pimentel)Le Petit Negre
  • J.S. Bach (Moore)
  • Bach for Marimba Albinez (Maxey)
  • Leyenda
  • Frock Chorale and variations Mexican Variations Concertino
  • GipsonPrayerHatch Furioso and Valse in d Minor
  • Musser Op. 6, no. 8Op. 6, no. 10Op. 6, no. 9
  • Rosauro Three Preludes Three Moods
  • QuartierAny one of the 20 Children's Songs for MarimbaZivkovic Any Etude from Funny Mallet for Marimba books 1 and 2
  • Green Rainbow RipplesFluffy RufflesLog Cabin Blues

Snare Drum

  • Markovich The Winner Countdown Tornado Stamina
  • Any Etude from Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Snare Drum
  • Moore Latisha Six Solos for Snare Drum
  • Benson Any movement from Three Dances for Snare DrumColgrassAny one of the Six Unaccompanied Solos for Snare Drum Cirone Any Etude from Portraits in RhythmDelecluse Any Etude from Test Claire GaugerSnare Drum Suite no. 1 LaRosa Snare Drum Solo for the Young Musician
  • Pratt Flamacue QuickstepHere’s to the Ratamacue Pratt/Schinstine
  • Any Etude from The Solo Snare Drummer, vol. 1Wilcoxon
  • Any and all Etudes/Solos Frock
  • Six Concert Solos
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