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Sandbox Percussion Seminar

Percussion Summer Programs

Hosted by the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Studies Program, the Sandbox Percussion Seminar offers you 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.

Program Dates

August 2 – August 8, 2020

Application Deadlines

Scholarship: March 1, 2020
Priority Deadline: May 1, 2020
Final Deadline: May 15, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$850 (Tuition)
$449 (On-Campus Housing and Required Meal Plan)

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 possess 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 seeks to 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.

The focus of this week-long program is to study and learn a small amount of repertoire at a very intense level. You will be assigned one or more chamber pieces and placed in a group that contains one member of Sandbox Percussion, and several other participants. You will rehearse with your group each day, culminating in a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY.

In addition to rehearsals, there will be nightly classes and discussions with Sandbox Percussion and several guest artists. Sandbox will cover both the musical side of their organization and the business side of running a chamber music ensemble. Our guests will talk about their careers, and specifically how they transitioned from studying music in college to performing, writing, or supporting it in the professional world.

We are pleased to have four scholarships available, which include full tuition and room and board. In addition to the other application requirements, participants applying for scholarship must also include a written personal statement and a video statement. See the application for full details.

The Seminar will feature:

  • Influential guest composers and percussionists including Robert van Sice, Molly Joyce, and Doug Perry
  • Masterclasses and optional 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 Steinhardt Percussion faculty.
For more information about studying at NYU, please visit the Percussion Studies website.

Audition Requirements

Submit TWO contrasting recordings (either audio or video), which best represent your playing - if possible, we encourage you to submit one solo recording and one chamber recording, though this is not required. 

Please note that although audition materials may not be required to participate in the NYU Steinhardt Sandbox Percussion Seminar, all students must complete the application entirely.

Your submitted recordings are not for "audition" purposes, but rather for placement. NYU Steinhardt Sandbox Percussion Seminar participants will be sent chamber music to prepare for rehearsals with artist faculty and performance in an iconic NYU contemporary music venue. Chamber group assignments will be made based on your placement recording, experience level, and previously performed repertoire. Pre-existing percussion groups are welcome to apply and attend the Seminar together - please make a note on your application if you are applying as a group. 

Acceptance to the NYU Steinhardt Sandbox Percussion Seminar is on a rolling admissions basis and limited to 25 participants. We encourage you to apply early to guarantee your spot in the Seminar. As soon as your application is completed, you will receive your acceptance notification. Once the seminar is filled to capacity, it will be closed for further applications.

Summer 2020

The 2020 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!

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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