Mason Summer Percussion Academy

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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!


Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  June 28 – July 2, 2021
Times:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  $300
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
*After Care not available for Summer 2021


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Ben Tufts
Director: Ben Tufts
Artist and Music Educator
Read about Mr. Tufts

Ben Tufts is a Virginia-native artist-educator, recording and performing in the Washington, D.C. metro area and beyond for 20+ years. He maintains private studios at Contemporary Music Center in Chantilly, VA, and 7DrumCity in Washington, D.C. He has on faculty at the Franklin Band & Orchestra Camp for 10 years running, and has worked with the Marching Titans of TC Williams High School in Alexandria for four years. In his free time, he enjoys long-distance running and kayaking.

Instructor: David Singhaus
Academy Innstrcutor
Read about Mr. Singhaus

David Singhaus is a first-year percussion graduate student at George Mason University, under the tutelage of Professor John Kilkenny, Victor Provost, and fellow percussion faculty. A graduate from The University of Akron, David has studied with the likes of Dr. Larry Snider, Matthew Dudack, Dr. Galen Karriker, as well as many other guest artists and clinicians who regularly visit the university. He has performed with all of the top ensembles at The University of Akron, and professionally with the Alliance Symphony, Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, and Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. Because of the well-rounded philosophy of the percussion program at Akron, he has become efficient at performing and teaching many of the instruments within the percussion family, such as keyboard, concert, marching, and world percussion instruments originating from Brazil, Ghana, and many of the islands in the Caribbean. As a pan artist, David 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. David 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, David has also worked as a percussion advisor/instructor for many school districts in the region, having experience working with students in grades 5-12.




“My daughter enjoyed the guest artists the most. She LOVED Allison Miller, and she had great things to say about the other musicians who came in and shared their knowledge and played for the class. That was the most exciting, inspiring aspect for her.” – Mason Summer Percussion Academy 2020 Parent

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“I liked the music and working with various instruments.” – Mason Summer Percussion Academy 2019 Participant

“I really liked the material/subjects being talked about in the discussions.” – Mason Summer Percussion Academy 2018 Participant

“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




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