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Sandbox Percussion Seminar

Percussion Summer Programs

This workshop will be conducted remotely for Summer 2020.

Hosted by the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Studies Program (Jonathan Haas, Director) and for high school, college, and professional percussionists, the (virtual) Sandbox Percussion Seminar is an intensive study of chamber music skills and repertoire.

Program Dates

August 2 – 7, 2020

Application Deadlines

extended to July 17, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$300 (Reduced Tuition)

Intended For

High School (16 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 began to take shape.

It has become standard practice for these works to be programmed in concert halls and universities throughout the world. As such, aspiring young musicians must now have a thorough understanding and mastery of the skill sets needed to perform this music, as well as the entrepreneurial skills required to create and sustain a career. This seminar will  provide you with the opportunity to learn how to become fluent in this new language of performance and build a foundation for a career in the modern world.

Throughout the week we will feature live discussions and masterclasses via the Zoom platform, on topics ranging from practice and rehearsal techniques, to entrepreneurship advice for creating a career in the arts. We’re also thrilled to be joined by three guest artists:

  • Robert van Sice, legendary performer and pedagogue
  • Doug Perry, omnivorous musician and improvisor
  • Molly Joyce, enterprising composer and performer

These guests, along with the members of Sandbox Percussion will be available to all participants within an intimate learning format where dialogue and interaction are encouraged. The week will culminate with the premiere performance of a new piece by Molly Joyce, composed specifically for our remote forces, performed by everyone involved in the seminar and released online. The seminar will be scheduled each day to accommodate participants in all 4 US timezones and all sessions will be recorded to allow participation from overseas as well. If you have any questions about this year's virtual seminar, please contact Jonathan Haas ( or Sean Statser ( 

We look forward to "seeing” you at NYU this August!

Audition Requirements

No audition is required for summer 2020.

Summer 2021

The 2021 summer programs application will open on January 15.


Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

Housing Information

All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.

International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

Academic Content 
Jonathan Haas
Percussion Studies Director
212 992 9466

Sean Statser
Percussion Faculty
212 992 9466