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Summer Percussion

About the Program

The long-running Summer Percussion Seminar is designed specifically for advanced high-school percussionists, who must have reached age 15 and have not graduated from high school prior to the start of the program.

During two intensive weeks in the exciting cultural environment of New York's Lincoln Center, students pursue hands-on study of all the major percussion instruments: two- and four-mallet keyboard, snare drum, timpani, and orchestral accessories. In addition, students are introduced to world hand drums, percussion chamber music, and both multi- and solo-percussion repertoire. Seminar participants will experience a challenging range of master classes, clinics, lectures, rehearsals, and performances led by a faculty roster of today’s most prominent percussion teachers and performers. All of this activity focused on preparing them for success in conservatory and college auditions. 

Program Dates

The 2017 Summer Percussion Seminar takes place Sunday, July 9, through Saturday, July 22. Information regarding the 2018 dates will be released as soon as they are available.

summer percussion seminar

Summer Percussion Seminar

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The 2017 Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar will be led by artistic director Samuel Solomon. 

Samuel Z. Solomon teaches percussion at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). From 2007-11 he was president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. His book, How to Write for Percussion, has received critical acclaim from composers, performers, and conductors worldwide and will soon be available in three languages. He has also authored three books on percussion playing and curated two collections of percussion etudes and solos. Solomon is founding member of the Yesaroun’ Duo and the Line C3 percussion group, from 2005-10 he was percussionist in residence at Harvard University, and from 2003-15 he was principal timpanist of the Amici New York chamber orchestra. He can be heard as soloist and chamber musician on GM, Albany, Bedroom Community, New Focus, and Tzadik labels, as well as performing the music of Björk on her soundtrack to Matthew Barney’s film Drawing Restraint 9

2017 Faculty will include:

  • Daniel Druckman, Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic
  • Gregory Zuber, Juilliard School, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Glen Velez, Juilliard School, soloist and hand drum specialist
  • Javier Diaz, Juilliard School, Afro-Cuban specialist
  • Joseph Gramley, Silk Road Ensemble, University of Michigan
  • Samuel Z. Solomon, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University
  • Haruka Fujii, Silk Road Ensemble, Utari Duo 
  • Pablo Rieppi, Juilliard Pre-College, SUNY Purchase Conservatory, NY City Ballet Orchestra
  • Matt Ward, Talujon, Queens College    
  • Jonathan Singer, Xylopholks, Queens College
Sam Solomon
Samuel Solomon

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