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Summer Percussion Seminar
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About this Program


Program Dates: July 10 - 23, 2022

The Juilliard School’s Summer Percussion Seminar is a two-week percussion intensive designed specifically for advanced high school percussionists. Learn more about the program, faculty and fees.


In order to be admitted to the Summer Percussion Seminar, you must:

  • have prior percussion training
  • have reached the age of 15 and not yet graduated high school by the start of the program
  • be available for the entire two-week program

Successful applicants are seriously considering music as a major area of college study.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Online Application February 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver with application
Video Audition with application
Request for ADA audition accommodations with application
Optional Recommendations with application

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $50 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Application fee due by February 1.  LATE applications accepted until all spots are filled, submit application fee with your application.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

Fee waiver requests are available for students who demonstrate significant financial need by the submission of one of the following:

  • An official College Board fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official NACAC fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • A letter on school stationery from a guidance counselor stating that you qualify for the free lunch program
  • A letter from someone other than a family member that addresses your financial situation

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please submit your application (including fee waiver documentation) but do not pay the application fee.

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Video Audition

For your video audition to Juilliard's Summer Percussion Seminar, you are required to perform four solo works, as described below, as well as a short introductory video - for a total of 5 videos. Additional submissions will not be viewed. 

In performance videos, please make sure your hands are visible and not blocked by a music stand. 

If you have specific questions regarding the requirements, please contact Sam Solomon [email protected].

  1. Introductory Video  Please provide a video introduction, preferably under a minute long. State your name, age, where you are from, and a brief overview of your background as a percussionist. This video does not need to be all one take! 
  2. One snare drum solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested composers: Delecluse, Cirone, Peters. Concert style etudes are preferred over rudimental style.

  3. One timpani solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested composers: Hochrainer, Woud, Firth, Delecluse. Solos that demonstrate traditional orchestral musicianship are preferred over solos with a lot of extended techniques.

  4. One two-mallet solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested works: a movement of J.S. Bach's Violin Sonatas and Partitas, G.H. Green rags, solos from MassChap Xylophone Collection. If you use a transcription (like Bach) for one of your mallet solos, please use a contemporary solo for the other.

  5. One four-mallet solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested works: a movement from J.S. Bach's Violin Sonatas and Partitas, Cello Suites, or Lute Suites; works from the Intermediate Marimba Masterworks books; and works suggested here. If you use a transcription (like Bach) for one of your mallet solos, please use a contemporary solo for the other.

The suggested works listed above are just that - suggestions! Works not listed here are acceptable, as well.  . 

Additional Requirements

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 

Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

For more information and to access the forms please visit the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services page.

Decisions & Enrolling


Upon review of video auditions, the faculty will select 16-18 percussionists for the program. A short waiting list will be established. You will receive notification of your admissions status via your application portal approximately two weeks after the application deadline.