APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 22nd, 2018


The TMC office will contact you by e-mail to schedule your audition within five business days of receiving your application. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received early will have the first choice of audition date and time. In most cases live auditions are conducted by a single member of the audition committee and/or TMC staff, and video recorded for review by the full audition committee in Boston. Most auditions are 10 minutes long.  

Chicago: January 29
Los Angeles: January 31
New York City: February 12
Boston: February 18 & 24

Those applicants who are unable to audition live must submit a video recording via the online application

  • Video recordings must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT; any indication that there has been editing or that recording equipment was paused/stopped between excerpts will result in the disqualification of the applicant
  • All pieces should be played unaccompanied, unless otherwise noted in the audition requirements.
  • We strongly recommend you view to your recording all the way through before submitting.

*Sight-reading may be asked on any instrument*


  1. Snare drum: Delécluse #2 from Keiskleiriana Book 1
  2. a four mallet solo that displays contemporary techniques; NOTE: PLEASE PROVIDE COPY OF MUSIC AT THE AUDITION FOR FACULTY TO RETAIN



  • BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra, mvt. IV
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, mvt. I: mm 513 (18 mm before rhl S) to end; mvt. II: rhl F to rhl H
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 1, mvt. IV: mm 375 to the end
  • MARTIN Concerto for 7 winds, timpani, percussion, and strings; mvt. III: 6 mm after rhl 18 to 10 mm after rhl 22
  • W. SCHUMAN New England Triptich, mvt. I: opening mm 1-14; mm 122-152
  • STRAUSS Burleske: mm 1-20
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4, mvt. I: 2 mm before rhl T to 3 mm before rhl U



  • GERSHWIN An American in Paris: rhl 4-7 (condense rests to 8 bars); rhl 20-21
  • KODÁLY Háry János: mvt. VI
  • MESSIAEN Exotic Birds: rhl 6-7; rhl 16 to 5 mm before rhl 18; rhl 26-28
  • W. SCHUMAN Symphony No. 3, mvt. IV: mm 230-244
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: 2 mm before rhl 114 to 5 mm after rhl 127



  • DEBUSSY La Mer, mvt. II: rhl 16-19
  • DUKAS The Sorcerer's Apprentice: 4 mm after rhl 17 to 4 mm after rhl 19; rhl 22-24
  • RESPIGHI Pines of Rome, mvt. I: beginning through 8 mm after rhl 4; rhl 7 through end of mvt.


Snare Drum

  • NIELSEN Clarinet Concerto: rhl 3 to rhl 4; rhl 29 to 9 mm after rhl 32
  • PROKOFIEV Lt. Kije Suite, mvt. I: rhl 1-rhl 2
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, mvt. III: rhl D to rhl E; mvt. IV: 4 mm before rhl N to rhl O; rhl P-R
  • W. SCHUMAN Symphony No. 3, Toccata: mm 143-165
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11, mvt. IV: 5 mm before rhl 134 to rhl 138