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Sandbox Percussion Seminar

Percussion Summer Programs

We are planning to run this program in-person for summer 2022; however, we must remain flexible in our response to COVID-19 developments. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our primary concerns, so remote workshops may be a necessary alternative. This page will be updated as soon as guidance from NYU central is available.

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 1 – 6, 2021

Application Deadlines

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Application Deadline: July 16, 2021

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$300 (Remote 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 several world renowned guest artists:

  • John Luther Adams
  • Amy Beth Kirsten
  • David Lang
  • Kristin Lee
  • Kendall Williams

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 a virtual performance featuring everyone involved in the seminar and will be 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

Submit ONE audio or video recording demonstrating a recent solo or chamber performance. You are welcome to submit additional videos if you would like.

If you are applying for scholarship, please submit one additional audio or video recording (2 total) and complete the following;

A written personal statement (500 words maximum) that answers the following questions:

  • What do you hope to get out of this seminar
  • How will you use the skills learned in this seminar to make a positive contribution to your community?
  • What unique qualities do you possess that make you a good fit for this scholarship?

Summer 2021 Application

The 2021 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!


Costs and Fees

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

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Cancellations and Refund Policy

Updated for 2021 in response to COVID-19 and NYU’s move to remote learning.

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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