University of Minnesota Duluth

Percussion Area

percussion_picThe percussion area at UMD is typically comprised of 10-15 undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) percussion students majoring in Music Performance, Music Education, Jazz Studies, or Bachelor of Arts. Percussion faculty members Dr. Gene Koshinski and Tim Broscious work together to teach, coach, and perform side by side with the students in all areas of percussion education. In addition, their group, Quey Percussion Duo, serves as faculty in residence (which has been performing worldwide for the past ten years), offering UMD percussionists a truly unique educational experience.

The UMD percussion program is centered around a "total percussionist" philosophy, meaning all students will study and perform regularly on all major percussion instruments (snare drum, drum set, mallets, timpani, multiple percussion, and hand drums). The only exception would be to those individuals majoring in Jazz Studies, where there is an emphasis on drum set performance. All percussion students perform diverse musical styles on a regular basis.

All percussion majors receive 1hr/week of one-on-one instruction with Dr. Gene Koshinski (for more information visit All non-major percussionists (including minors and percussion as a secondary instrument students) take 30 min/week applied lessons with Tim Broscious. In addition, a studio class comprised of all percussionists meets weekly and functions as an outlet for master classes, clinics, workshops, and guest artist presentations. Furthermore, the various percussion ensembles (Percussion Ensemble, Graduate Percussion Group, and Hand Drum Ensemble) are an integral part to the education of UMD percussion students as well as non-major percussionists (see ensembles for a description and sound clips).

Many exciting percussion events take place on campus each semester, which often center around the residency of a world-renowned guest artist. In recent years, percussion guests have included:

Jeff "Tain" Watts (drum set)

Matt Wilson (drum set)

Carl Allen (drum set)

John Luther Adams (composer)

Matthew Coley (marimba and dulcimer)

Britain/Moore Duo (keyboard percussion and steel drums)

David Revill (composer/musicologist)

Sowah Mensah (African percussion)

Rogerio Boccato (drum set and Brazilian percussion)

Ben Toth (solo/chamber/world percussion)

Chris Hanning (drum set/concert percussion)

Michael Udow (solo/chamber/ world percussion)

Jean Luc Rimey Meille (solo/chamber)

Matt Smallcomb (orchestral)

The percussion area is constantly seeking top guest artists to visit campus to offer unique experiences for UMD percussion students. If you have any questions about the percussion program at UMD please feel free to contact Dr. Gene Koshinski, Associate Professor of Percussion, at (218) 726-6304 or

UMD Entrance Auditions for Percussion

UMD offers both Bachelors and Masters degrees in music. To audition with percussion as your major instrument, please consult the audition requirements below. Talent scholarships are available through the music department. For scholarship consideration, percussion students must prepare more than the basic audition requirements (refer to the lists below).

Undergraduate Level Percussion Audition Requirements

Please Prepare all of the Following (required)


  • Snare Drum Solo or Etude (Mitchell Peters, Anthony Cirone, etc.)
  • Keyboard Percussion Work (2 or 4 mallet piece on marimba or xylophone)
  • You May Prepare Additional Works from the List Below (not required)
  • Drum Set (Styles, Play-a-longs, Transcriptions, etc.)
  • Timpani Solo or Etude (Lepak, Goodman, etc.)
  • Multiple Percussion Solo or Etude
  • Rudimental Snare Drum Solo (Pratt, Wilcoxon, etc.)
  • Additional Keyboard Perc. Work (Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone)
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • For Jazz Studies Auditions, Please Prepare all of the Following:

  • Snare Drum Solo or Etude (Mitchell Peters, Anthony Cirone, etc.)
  • Keyboard Percussion Work (2 or 4 mallet piece on marimba or xylophone) Drum Set (Styles, Play-a-longs, Transcriptions, etc.)

    Graduate Level Percussion Audition Requirements

    Please Prepare all of the Following

  • SD Solo (Concert Solo or Delecluse Etude or Similar Solo Work)
  • Four-Mallet Marimba Solo
  • Orchestral Excerpts on All major percussion instruments (1 to 2 per category below)
  • Timpani
  • Snare Drum
  • Mallets (xylophone and/or bells)
  • Auxiliary (tambourine and/or triangle and/or bass drum and/or cymbals)
  • In Addition - Please Prepare TWO of the Following

  • Vibraphone Solo
  • Multiple Percussion Solo
  • Timpani Solo
  • Two-Mallet Xylophone or Marimba Solo
  • Optional Drum Set

  • Demonstrate Various Styles (including, but not limited to, 4/4 Swing, 3/4 Swing,
    Rock, Funk, Bossa Nova, Songo, 6/8 and/or 12/8 Afro Cuban, clave-based Latin
    grooves, etc.)
  • Prepare Drum Set "Play-a-longs" (from any reputable source: Steve Houghton's
    Anthology, Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials, etc.)
  • Recordings

    Recording samples (mp3s) fom the percussion department are available here



    For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877