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Summer Percussion Seminar
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About this Program


Program Dates: July 12 - 25, 2020

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 by the start of the program
  • not have graduated from high school (if you have graduated, consider applying to our Bachelor of Music Percussion 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 February 1
Video Audition February 1
Request for ADA audition accommodations February 1
Optional Recommendations February 1

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, 2020.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay an 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.

  1. Introductory Video
    Please provide a video introduction. State your name, age, where you are from, and a brief overview of your background as a percussionist. 

  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

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 email during the month of March.