MASON SUMMER PERCUSSION ACADEMY
Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!
Join Mason School of Music professors and guest faculty for a week of exciting clinics, masterclasses, and percussion ensemble. Masterclass topics include solo marimba, timpani, snare drum, orchestral percussion, world percussion, drum set, steel drums, accessory instruments, career development, college audition prep, mallet wrapping/maintenance and much more! All participants will perform in the workshop percussion ensemble final concert, as well as ample performance opportunities during the week.
Ages: 13-18 years
Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition: $430 (optional room & board add $640 – see below)
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
ON-CAMPUS HOUSING AVAILABLE – ADD “SUMMER RESIDENTIAL OPTION” TO YOUR CART!
Added Cost: $640
Whether you live near or far, students can add the “Summer Residential Option” and experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities included, while gaining new friendships with other like-minded artistic students. Students are fully supervised all week, with both male and female RA’s in housing. Rooms are double occupancy (linens and wi-fi included), and 3 meals a day are provided (dinner is included on Sunday, and breakfast and lunch are included on Friday). Check in is Sunday, June 16th, and students will check out Friday morning and be ready to depart immediately after the conclusion of the program on Friday afternoon. After registering for Summer Percussion Academy (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for and add “Summer Residential Option” to your cart – or REGISTER HERE . IMPORTANT: No refunds can be given for the Summer Residential option after April 1, 2019.
An “Extended Day” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Extended Day” or “After Care”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.
Director/ Instructor: Matt Halligan
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Read about Mr. Halligan
Dr. Halligan has performed in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas with a wide variety of professional orchestras and musical ensembles, including The American Festival Pops Orchestra, The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Capital Wind Symphony, the Virginia Grand Military Band, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, the Music and Arts Orchestra at Providence Presbyterian Church, The National Concert Band of America, and Washington D.C.’s The IN series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. From 2005-2011, Dr. Halligan served as the front ensemble section leader and as a percussion music arranger with “The Commandant’s Own” Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in Washington, D.C.. In 2006, he was nominated for Marine Musician of the Year at Marine Barracks 8th and I.
Dr. Halligan proudly endorses Sabian Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Guest Artist: Joe McCarthy
Read about Mr. McCarthy
Joe has just completed a 20 twenty year tour as Chief Petty Officer with The United States Naval Academy Band, where he served as principal percussionist with the wind ensemble and Chief in Charge/drummer of the Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, one of the Navy’s two premier big bands. Under Joe’s direction, the Next Wave commissioned and recorded new works by Jim McNeely, Vince Norman, Dave Samuels, Shawn Purcell and Dan Cavanagh.
Teaching Assistant: Dakota Kaylor, Mason School of Music Alum
Read about Mr. Kaylor
This is Mr. Kaylor’s second full year as the Assistant Director of the Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble. He has taught percussion ensemble, concert percussion, and marching percussion at Centreville High School, McLean High School, South Lakes High School, and Fairfax High School. Since 2016, Mr. Kaylor has been a teaching assistant with the George Mason Summer Percussion Camp. For 3 years, he was a private lesson instructor with the Mason Community Arts Academy.
As a performer, Mr. Kaylor has performed in a variety of settings from symphony orchestra to musical theater, chamber musician, and rock band. He has performed with the Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, McLean Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and the Great Noise Ensemble. In addition, he has performed in venues such the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Olney Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, and Creative Cauldron. Mr. Kaylor has performed twice at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the 2017 Virginia Music Educators Association, and during the summer of 2017, he performed in a full staging of Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat featuring narrator Rick Davis.
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Percussion Academy Welcome Letter 2019 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
- Questions about parking on campus? Find answers here.
Thanks to our Mason School of Music Percussion department and summer program sponsors:
To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.
“I really liked the material/subjects being talked about in the discussions.” – Mason Summer Percussion Academy 2018 ParticipantSee More Testimonials
“My favorite part was the steel pans, world percussion and making our mallets.” – Mason Summer Percussion Academy 2017 Participant
“I really enjoyed the [instructors] that came in and shared their knowledge.” – Mason Summer Percussion Academy 2017 Participant