SUMMER PERCUSSION ACADEMY ONLINE
Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!
Join Mason School of Music professors and guest faculty for a week of exciting clinics, masterclasses, and percussion ensembles. Masterclass topics include marimba, timpani, snare drum, orchestral percussion, world percussion, drum set, steel drums, accessory instruments, career development, preparing for auditions, and much more!
Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: June 15 – 19, 2020
Times: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (M-F)
Location: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
- Computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access and audio/video capabilities
- A practice pad, mallet instrument (i.e Bell Kit or more substantial option)
Instructor: Ben Tufts
Read about Mr. Tufts
Former Percussionist of U.S. Air Force Band
Read about Mr. Adams
He is currently a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and has performed as principal percussionist with the Washington Ballet. Mr. Adams has performed with the Washington Bach Consort, National Philharmonic, Fairfax Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, and numerous choral ensembles.
Mr. Adams has performed on many local and national TV and radio broadcasts. He may be heard on recordings of the U.S.A.F. Band and Orchestra, Capitol Winds, Warner Brothers, Meredith Publications, and Garwood Whaley’s’ Recital Duets For Snare Drum. At present, Mr. Adams can also be heard playing all 40 of the Percussive Arts Society International Rudiments at their web site: http://www.pas.org/Resources/RudimentAudio.cfm.
Mr. Adams serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland and is a percussion instructor for the Royal Guard of Oman. He has taught at George Mason University and is in high demand as an instructor at schools throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. Mr. Adams adjudicates throughout the state of Virginia for solo/ensemble festivals and district band/orchestra auditions.
Mr. Adams is also active as a writer. His competition solos for snare drum are published by Pioneer Percussion Company; he has contributed articles for The Instrumentalist and Percussive Arts Society magazines. Mr. Adams has an active percussion rental business and is sponsored by the Vic Firth Company.
Percussionist of U.S. Marine Band
Read about Mr. Bisesi
Other performance work through the Marine Band includes numerous chamber percussion performances, most notably at the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, Luzerne Music Center, University of Maryland Percussion Seminar, and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as countless master classes at universities and high schools across the nation. As a jazz performer, he has been featured on vibraphone with the Marine Band Big Band, Latin Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and as a conductor, he has conducted the Marine Band, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles.
Mr. Bisesi received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, as a student of Allen Otte, founder of the Percussion Group Cincinnati. He then completed a Master of Music degree at Boston University, as a student of Timothy Genis, Principal Timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a student, Mr. Bisesi was a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and The Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Upon completing his formal education, Mr. Bisesi was appointed to the Percussion Faculties at both Boston University and the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
As an active freelance musician, Mr. Bisesi has performed with The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Ballet, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestras, The New World Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, The Buffalo Philharmonic, and The International Festival Cervantino (The largest arts festival in Latin America) in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Mason School of Music Faculty
Read about Mr. Kilkenny
Committed to the music of our time, Mr. Kilkenny appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician with a wide range of ensembles. He has given the Washington, D.C. region premiere of the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Wind Symphony and has performed Michael Daugherty’s timpani concerto Raise the Roof, with orchestras and wind ensembles across the United States. A recent sampling of his chamber music collaborations including The Kennedy Center Juke Box Series, 21st Century Consort, The Washington Bach Consort, National Gallery New Music Ensemble, and the Verge Ensemble.
He has been privileged to share the stage with an eclectic array of renown artists, including Robert van Sice, She e Wu, John Tafoya, Chris Deviney, Jonathan Haas, clarinetist Chad burrow, cellist Joshua Roman, flutist Karen Johnson and pianists Garry Hammond, Carlos Rodriguez, Steven Beck, and Eric Huebner. In 2014 he participated in the Washington, D.C. premiere of John Luther Adam’s most recent large-scale work, “Sila: Breath of the World with the United States Air Force Band,” a co-commission with Lincoln Center. He was featured in a duo recital with cellist Tobias Werner on the 2016 Washingtonians on Wednesday recital series at the National Gallery of Art.
Appointed Artistic Director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in 2018, Mr. Kilkenny is guiding this esteemed festival to new heights of artistic success. The 2019 season boasted significant increases in enrollment, earned revenue, and annual giving, as well as securing the first significant endowment gift in over a decade. This, in addition to website re-design, a new admission system, and a modernized administrative structure have led to a record-breaking season; 251 students from 31 states and 8 countries attended Sewanee in the summer of 2019. Mr. Kilkenny has developed new and expanded partnerships with other orchestral education programs and founded the first-ever National Advisory Board, a group of thought leaders who meet annually to offer overall strategic guidance for the Festival.
Hailed as a “particularly fine timpanist” by the Washington Post, Mr. Kilkenny has enjoyed an active career as a symphonic percussionist, appearing with the National Symphony, Washington National Opera and Ballet, American Symphony, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra, to name a few.
Deeply committed to the future of classical music and a committed educator, Mr. Kilkenny is Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Director of Concert Bands at George Mason University. Recent and upcoming highlights include the 2018 College Music Society National Conference in Vancouver, two feature performances the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention the 2016 New York State Music Educators Conference, the 2014 Virginia Music Educators Conference, the 2011 Western International Band Conference, 2012 College Music Society Mid Atlantic Conference and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The group toured Costa Rica in 2015 and will make their debut in a concert tour of China in 2020. For many years he guided recruitment activities for the School of Music.
Recognized internationally as an engaging and thoughtful clinician, Mr. Kilkenny has enjoyed the unique opportunity to work with gifted young musicians at a wide range of institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, the Shepherd School at Rice University, The University of Michigan, The Juilliard Pre-College, New York University, Interlochen School for the Arts, University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina, The National Institute of Music in San Jose Costa Rica, The University of Costa Rica, and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. A long-standing relationship with The Music for All organization has seen John appear for many years as an evaluator and clinician for the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival. In 2019 he served as the percussion clinician for the Honor Orchestra of America.
Mr. Kilkenny studied conducting with Anthony Maiello and began early percussion training with Jonathan Haas and William Richards. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Greg Zuber and Daniel Druckman. He completed a Master’s Degree at Temple University, where he studied with legendary percussionist Alan Abel. He is sponsored by Vic Firth Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Percussion products, and is a proud Yamaha Performing Artist.
Critically Acclaimed Percussionist, Composer, and Educator
Read about Ms. Miller
The critically acclaimed percussionist and Yamaha clinician and her stellar band Boom Tic Boom has spent the last year touring on and performing her new Modlin Center for the Arts co-commissioned work, “In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change. Rivers are the lifeline of America. In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change” is a multimedia suite for chamber jazz ensemble and tap dancer centered around five American rivers (Susquehanna, Delaware, James, Hudson, Schuylkill) and the social and environmental changes they inspired. Ms. Miller will discuss her process for composing “In Our Veins,” as well as some jazz drum set fundamentals, for her clinic at the Summer Percussion Intensive.
Instrumentalist at U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Mason School of Music Faculty
Read about Mr. Nickels
In addition to rudimental percussion, Mr. Nickels is an orchestral percussionist, having performed with the Debut Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He was also a fellow at Music Academy of the West studying under Mike Werner and Ted Atkatz as well as playing at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Mr. Nickels received an undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Kansas under Kevin Bobo and Ji Hye Jung. Mr. Nickels then went on to receive an artist diploma at the University of Southern California under Jim Babor and Joe Pereira of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Academy Percussion Instructor
Read about Mr. Singhaus
As a pan artist, Mr. Singhaus has performed in many ensembles such as The University of Akron Steel Drum Band, the Pan Ramajay Advanced Steel Band at the Pan Ramajay Steel Pan Festival, and the CASYM Steel Orchestra, under the direction of Kendall Williams, for the Brooklyn Panorama Competition. Mr. Singhaus has also traveled to Trinidad and Tobago the past two years to perform with the Nutrien Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, under the direction of Liam Teague, for the Panorama National Steel Band Competition in the Large Band category. Along with being an active soloist and freelance musician throughout Northeast Ohio, Mr. Singhaus has also worked as a percussion advisor/instructor for many school districts in the region, having experience working with students in grades 5-12.
Receipient of the World Music Instrumentalist of the Year
Read about Mr. Teasley
His educational book /DVD, An American Approach to World Percussion is published by Alfred Publishing. Tom is the 2012-2015 WAMA (Washington Area Music Award) World Music Instrumentalist of the year. A six-time recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant for performances in the Middle East, Mr. Teasley collaborated with indigenous musicians and gave historic performances by invitation of U.S. embassies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Samoa, Oman and Jerusalem. He has been an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. As an international collaborator he has performed by invitation in Europe, South America, New Zealand, Samoa, and Korea. Mr. Teasley earned the Artist-of-the-year award from Young Audiences of Virginia for his creative and educational presentations. His eight CDs have been greeted with international airplay and acclaim. He has been the subject of numerous feature articles in both Modern Drummer Downbeat and Drum! magazines.
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