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Percussion Summer Workshops

The NYU Percussion summer programs are dedicated to bringing the finest and most unique seminars to participants from around the world. Whether it’s having the opportunity to perform at National Sawdust with Sandbox Percussion or sitting in a live Broadway Pit, these are experiences that can only be had at New York University! We offer summer programs in percussion chamber music and Broadway percussion in the epicenter of music culture, New York City.

NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar

A five-day intensive study of the skills, experience, and know-how of the world of Broadway percussion.

Sandbox Percussion Seminar

Through daily rehearsals, coachings, and workshops, participants will develop core chamber music skills, and learn to create a 21st-century musical career.

The NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar offers classes with special guest percussionists, contractors, and conductors from the world of Broadway. There will be sessions presented on drum set, percussion, mallet percussion, timpani, and Latin percussion, by the percussionists who developed the Broadway books! Participants will have the opportunity to attend two Broadway shows, offering the opportunity for each participant to experience to sit in a live Broadway pit, during an actual Broadway show!

Past Broadway Percussion Seminar presenters have included: John Clancy and Jon Epcar (Spiderman), Charlie Descarfino (Porgy and Bess), Javier Diaz (Guys and Dolls and Tarzan), Wilson Torres (In the Heights), Dan Haskins and David Ratajczak (Mary Poppins), Pablo Rieppi (West Side Story), Erik Charlston (How to Succeed in Business), James Saporito (NYC Ballet and Tony Awards), Valerie Naranjo and Tommy Igoe (The Lion King), Kory Grossman (Broadway's Super Sub), Ben Herman (Film Recording), and many more.

The NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar offers the opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform side-by-side with Sandbox Percussion. Through daily rehearsals, coachings, and workshops, participants will develop core chamber music skills, and learn to create a 21st-century musical career. Through constant rehearsal preparation alongside artist faculty members and masterclasses with renowned guest artists, 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 culminate with a performance at National Sawdust, one of the most iconic contemporary music venues in New York City.

As a participant in our workshops, you will be mentored by NYU faculty and the finest professionals in the industry. Depending on your interests and focus, your can choose to apply to any combination of our workshops, or attend all of them and spend 3 weeks in New York City immersed in percussion studies!

Applicants can participate in both workshops and receive a 5% discount.

Application Deadlines

Broadway Percussion Seminar

Priority Deadline: April 1st
Final Deadline: April 15th

Sandbox Percussion Seminar

Scholarship: March 1st
Priority Deadline: May 1st
Final Deadline: May 15th

Summer 2020

The 2020 summer programs application will open in Mid-January. Request Information to receive email updates on Summer 2020 programs.

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