Sandbox Percussion Seminar

Summer Programs

Sandbox Percussion Seminar

Hosted by the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Studies Program, the Sandbox Percussion Seminar offers the opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform side-by-side with Sandbox Percussion and NYU Steinhardt Professor Simon Boyar. Through daily rehearsals, coachings, and workshops, participants will develop core chamber music skills, and learn to create a 21st-century musical career.

Dates: July 29 - August 4, 2018

Application Deadline:

Priority: April 13, 2018
Final: April 30, 2018

Costs & Fees:

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$850 (Tuition)
$425 (On-Campus Housing and Required Meal Plan)
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Intended For:

High School (15 years and older)
Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals

The 21st century has changed the music making landscape. Aspiring musicians are now required to posses an entirely new set of skills to have a successful career in the performing arts. Nowhere has this been felt more than in the area of percussion. As the 20th century came to a close, percussion began to take a leadership role at the forefront of relevant creative compositional ideas. As a result, an entire generation of composers and performers adopted a new way of thinking and approach towards music making that was fundamentally geared toward the inclusion of a competent and strong percussionist. Thousands of new works were written and a new "standard repertoire" ultimately began to take shape.

It is now standard practice for these masterworks to be programmed in concert halls and universities throughout the world. However, it is not yet common that aspiring musicians possess a thorough understanding and mastery of the skill sets needed to go beyond "making it through" a performance, as well as the entrepreneurial skills required to create and sustain a career. By and large, students have not yet become truly fluent in the current required performance language. This program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to learn how to become fluent and build a foundation in the "modern world."

While pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the percussion repertoire is certainly a cornerstone of the modern world, nothing is possible without a foundation. In a very short yet intensely focused period of time, the Sandbox Percussion Seminar will provide students with a foundation, and in doing so will give them the most meaningful chamber music experience of their lives. Through constant rehearsal preparation alongside artist faculty members, students will learn what it feels like to be set free in performance. The art of chamber music making is ultimately about fluency and freedom. Through chamber music, students will learn the ultimate set of skills to not merely survive but thrive in the 21st century.

The Seminar will feature:

  • Influential Guest Composers and Percussionists including special guests Jason Treuting (So Percussion) and Robert Honstein
  • masterclasses and private lessons with faculty
  • an in-depth study of the percussion repertoire
  • performances by faculty and guest artists
  • a culminating performance with the faculty at National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY)
View a complete list of current NYU Percussion facultyFor more information about studying at NYU, please visit the Percussion Studieswebsite.

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212 998 5438

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Jonathan Haas
Percussion Studies Director
212 992 9466

Sean Statser
Percussion Faculty
212 992 9466