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.

How do I get a music scholarship? All percussion students can audition by appointment with Dr. Vartan during the months of February and March. You can also audition during Honor Band.  Email Dr. Vartan ( for an appointment

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.

Can I still audition if I can’t be there in person? Yes, you may submit video audition files to Dr. Vartan via email (

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.