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Percussion Studio

KU Percussion GroupWelcome to the KU Percussion website. KU Percussion studio consists of 20 percussion majors, including international students, at the Doctoral, Master’s and undergraduate levels.

If you want to be an educator or professional performer and perform with KU ensembles, this is the place for you. We have two full-time percussion graduate assistantships and some scholarships available for the students. KU percussion students have an opportunity to participate not only in various large and chamber ensembles, jazz combos, but also in West African Drumming Ensemble.

KU percussion department offers:

  • Comprehensive approach to the study and performance of percussion in a variety of styles and genres including orchestral, solo, chamber, world and Jazz percussion under the professor Ji Hye Jung.
  • Fulfilling musical experiences through both private and master class settings to help students become serious competitors and true musicians.
  • A mix of around 20 students of undergraduate and graduate levels, including doctoral students..
  • The oppoturnity to play in a percussion chamber group, a core element of studying percussion at KU.
  • An African drumming ensemble that performs regularly throughout the region.
  • In addition to lessons with Professor Jung, students may take drum set lessons from Adjunct Professor Brandon Draper.

Studio classes

  • The goal of the percussion studio class is for students to become more comfortable and confident with performing.
  • The studio classes help the students develop stronger listening and pedagogical skills.
  • Studio classes are held on a weekly basis, and are divided into undergraduate level and graduate groups.

Guest Artists:

Robert van Sice, Percussion Professor at the Yale University; Tom Freer, Assistant Principal Timpanist and Section Percussion with The Cleveland Orchestra; Chris McLaurin, Principal Percussionist with the Kansas City Symphony; Will James, Principal Percussionist with the St. Louis Symphony; Linda Maxey, marimba soloist.

KU Percussion Group

KU Percussion Group (KUPG), is the department’s percussion ensemble directed by Ji Hye Jung. KUPG offers students the opportunity to play in small chamber groups and to perform percussion ensemble repertoire ranging from classic to contemporary. There will be at least one concert per year with KUPG.


Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Marimba (or other mallet instruments)

  • One Two-Mallet Solo
  • One Four-Mallet Solo

Snare Drum

  • One Concert Solo
  • One Rudimental Solo


  • One Solo or Etude

Graduate Level Audition Requirements


  • Two Contrastings Solos - at least one of which must be 4-mallets

Snare Drum

  • One Concert Solo or Etude
  • Two Contrasting Orchestral Excerpts


  • One Solo or Etude
  • Two Contrasting Orchestral Excerpts

Two Orchestral Exceprts (on instruments besides snare drum and timpani)

Sight Reading

This list is the mininum required audition list for graduate level; however, feel free to prepare anything else you would like to play for auditions.

For more information contact: Ji Hye Jung

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