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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sean Statser (email@example.com).
We look forward to "seeing” you at NYU this August!