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The Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar has been moved to an online format for 2020. Information below refers to the original, in-person format for the 2020 Summer Percussion Seminar. This page will be updated in early fall 2020 with information regarding the 2021 Summer Percussion Seminar.

About the Program

The Juilliard School’s long-running Summer Percussion Seminar is a two-week percussion intensive designed specifically for advanced high school percussionists who have reached age 15 and not yet graduated from high school.

The Seminar offers students hands-on instruction in orchestral, contemporary, and world music styles. Participants experience a challenging range of master classes, clinics, lectures, rehearsals, and performances led by a faculty of today’s most prominent percussion teachers and performers. The Seminar exposes students to the many skills, careers, and passions represented by Juilliard’s faculty and graduates and prepares them for success in college auditions and beyond.

Students will:

  • Watch/participate in masterclasses and clinics given by acclaimed 
faculty members and guests.
  • Perform with the JSPS Percussion Ensemble.
  • Participate in“Percussion Intensives,” mini courses that go in-depth 
on specific topics.
  • Take a Juilliard Ear Training course.
  • Attend full recitals by renowned faculty artists.
  • Learn a TON about music and percussion.
  • Have fun and make lifelong friends!

For questions regarding the program, contact Samuel Solomon at [email protected]
For questions regarding admissions, contact Katya Lawson at [email protected]

Program Dates & Fees

Percussionists who have reached age 15 and have not yet graduated from high school by the start of the seminar are eligible to apply. 

The 2020 Summer Percussion Seminar takes place Sunday, July 12, through Saturday, July 25.

The fee for tuition, room, and board is $2,360.

Applications, including recorded audition, are due February 1, 2020.

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Summer Percussion Seminar

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The 2020 Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar will be led by artistic director Samuel Solomon.

Samuel Solomon

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Faculty for the 2020 Seminar

Samuel Z. Solomon, Juilliard Summer Percussion Artistic Director, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University
Nicola Cannizzaro, Vermont Symphony, TURNmusic
Javier Diaz, The Juilliard School, Afro-Cuban specialist
Daniel Druckman, The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic
Haruka Fujii, Silk Road Ensemble, Utari Duo
Joseph Gramley, Silk Road Ensemble, Indiana University
Jeffrey Irving, NYC Freelancer (Broadway, Metropolitan Opera), Interlochen Arts Camp
Joseph Mohan, The Juilliard School Pre-College, Ear Training
Pablo Rieppi, The Juilliard School Pre-College, NY City Ballet Orchestra
Lori Schiff, The Juilliard School, Alexander Technique Teacher
Mike Truesdell, The Juilliard School Pre-College, Ithaca University
Glen Velez, The Juilliard School, soloist and hand drum specialist
Gregory Zuber, The Juilliard School, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

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