how to choose mallets for audition excerpts


i'm back!

sorry to you for the long delay, but i was hunkering down in the auditionhacker bunker (aka my apartment) cooking up some new stuff. 

so, the met audition is coming up next month. lots of you guys have been asking me about how the excerpts should go, what people on the panel of the MET audition will be listening for, and other stuff.

the biggest thing you asked was... you guessed it...

WHAT MALLETS SHOULD I USE ON [fill in the blank]?!

well, here you go. check out that video (above) to see exactly how i chose mallets for the MET audition, and what mallets i used on such esteemed excerpts as:

lots of mallets right here

lots of mallets right here

  • porgy and bess
  • sorcerer's apprentice, and
  • salome (that's pronounced sah-low-may, not suh-loam, dude.)

oh, and since you might be interested, here is something else:



i made a list of what mallet i was going to use at my met audition for each excerpt. i put it all into a PDF list that you can download by clicking the button above.

actually, now i want something from you.

this is a percussion blog post, obviously, not a post for general auditioners who play things like clarinet or harp. do you want to see more of this stuff from me? what sorts of topics do you want to learn here? 

PLEASE! give me some ideas in the comments below about what sorts of nerdy percussion things i can dive into to help you in some way.

oh, and by the way, HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL MONTH! try not to get too drunk.

rob knopper

hailed by @nytimes and james levine as needing 'louder triangle notes'. recorded delécluse: douze études for snare drum, percussionist in @metorchestra.