Summer Programs

Frank Zappa Orchestral Laboratory

This program is no longer being offered in 2008. For more information email Jonathan Haas, Director of Percussion Studies.

The premier, six-day intensive performance seminar for college-age performers (undergraduate and graduate/advanced degree students) will provide an in-depth examination of the music of Frank Zappa and Edgar Varese. Founded and produced by NYU Professor and Zappa devotee, Jonathan Haas, the seminar will feature Gail Zappa, who will be directly involved in seminars and round-table discussions concerning Zappa's music and career, touring, censorship, copyright law, the creative process, living with a rock star, politics and music and much more.

Works studied and performed during the seminar include Frank Zappa’s legendary The Adventures of Greggery Peccary, G-Spot Tornado, The Black Page along with the world premiere of Revised Music for Low Budget Orchestra with NYU Faculty member Simon Boyar as marimba soloist. Edgar Varese will be represented by performances of Ionisation and Octandre.

The culmination of the seminar will be two performances featuring the music of Frank Zappa and Edgar Varese. In keeping with the Zappa tradition, there will be one evening concert and an additional late-night concert both in the heart of Greenwich Village.

- Study in New York City, the musical capital of the word
- Seminars and round-table discussions with Gail Zappa
- Perform orchestral music of Frank Zappa in a concert setting
- Be a part of a Frank Zappa world premiere
- NYC-related leisure activities as time permits

The following instruments are needed to complete the orchestrations of the seminar:
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Keyboards/Piano, Electric Guitar, mandolin, harp, violins, violas, bass, cello, percussion.