Summer Percussion Master Class Series

The program will occur online in 2021.  The Juilliard Summer Percussion Master Class Series is a one-week online program designed to offer a rigorous learning environment for curious percussionists age 13 and above.


The Juilliard Summer Percussion Master Class Series is a weeklong online program. The series includes 14 classes, clinics, and roundtable discussions featuring Juilliard faculty and distinguished alumni, plus a concert performance featuring participant and faculty performers. 


There are two levels of participation: Participant and Auditor

Participants will perform for two master classes (using prerecorded video), and will receive feedback and individual interaction with faculty. Participants will also have the option to perform in the Participant/Faculty Showcase Concert.

Auditors will be invited to all events and will be able to ask questions and participate in discussions, but they will not play in master classes or the final concert.


Series will include:

  • Master Classes—will be half presentations by the faculty and half participant performances with faculty feedback. Participants choose which faculty members they wish to play for and will be assigned to two master classes based on their preferences. Participants will submit a video of a recent, unedited performance of an etude, solo, or orchestra excerpt that will be viewed in the class, followed by a short open lesson with the faculty member. 
  • Roundtable Discussions—will feature interactive discussions with three presenters on a particular topic. Discussions will be open to questions and input from participants. 
  • The Participant/Faculty Showcase Concert—will be a mix of livestreamed performances and sharing of videos of recent performances by participants and faculty members. Performing in this concert is optional!
  • Lunch Gatherings—are informal opportunities to gather and talk with other participants and available faculty members. We’ll eat, we’ll chat, that’s it!
  • Virtual Tour of The Juilliard School—is a guided look into the percussion practice rooms, the performance and rehearsal spaces, and the instrument collection.


Program dates:

July 26 through July 30

Daily Schedule (all times EDT)

July 26 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 4-6pm

July 27 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 4-5pm

July 28 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 4-5pm

July 29 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 4-5pm

July 30 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 4-5pm, 7pm concert


Participant: $500

Auditor: $400

There is no application fee.


Clinicians and Panelists include

Eriko Daimo, marimba soloist, Juilliard Pre-College faculty
Javier Diaz, Afro-Cuban specialist, Juilliard faculty, Broadway
Daniel Druckman, New York Philharmonic, Juilliard faculty
Billy Drummond, jazz drums, Juilliard faculty
Tim Genis, timpanist Boston Symphony, Boston University faculty
Jeffrey Irving, NYC freelancer, Interlochen Arts Camp faculty
Noa Kageyama, performance psychologist, Juilliard faculty
George Nickson, Dallas Symphony, SMU Faculty
Jake Nissly, San Francisco Symphony, SFC Faculty
Markus Rhoten, timpanist New York Philharmonic, Juilliard faculty
Chihiro Shibayama, Broadway
Jonathan Singer, xylophone virtuoso and scholar
Samuel Z. Solomon, Juilliard Summer Percussion artistic director, Boston Conservatory and Boston University faculty
Glen Velez, frame drum legend, Juilliard faculty
Greg Zuber, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juilliard School faculty


This program is open to percussionists age 13 and older.

To apply, submit an application for admission including a percussion résumé and at least one video showing your percussion proficiency. This could be a snare or timpani etude, a marimba or multipercussion solo, a few orchestral excerpts, or similar.

An audition video is required for both Participants and Auditors. Application for Participants will be open until all of the spots are filled. Auditors may apply until June 15.

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