Summer Percussion Masterclass Series

The Juilliard Summer Percussion Master Class Series is a one-week ONLINE program designed to offer a rigorous learning environment in a remote setting to high school and college students aged 14-25.


The Juilliard Summer Percussion Master Class Series is a weeklong online program aimed at high school and college aged students. The series includes 14 master classes and clinics by Juilliard faculty and distinguished alumni plus two concert performances featuring participant and faculty performers. Each participant will perform for two master classes using prerecorded video. Additionally, each day will feature an informal online lunch gathering with that day’s faculty presenters.

Series will include:

  • Master classes These will be split between presentations by the faculty and participant performances with faculty feedback. Participants 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.
  • Participant/faculty showcase concerts. These two concerts will be a mix of livestreamed performances and sharing of videos of recent performances by participants and faculty members. Performing in concerts is optional!
  • Lunch gatherings. These are optional informal opportunities to gather and talk with other participants and faculty members. We’ll eat, we’ll chat, that’s it!


Program dates: July 27 through July 31.

Classes will take place between 10am and 6pm ET. Concerts will be on July 30 and July 31 at 7pm ET. An average day will involve three to four hours of required attendance plus optional events.


$500; there is no application fee


Daniel Druckman, New York Philharmonic, Juilliard School
Greg Zuber, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juilliard School
Tim Genis, Timpanist, Boston Symphony
Glen Velez, Frame Drum Legend, Juilliard School
Jake Nissly, San Francisco Symphony
Eriko Daimo, Marimba Soloist, Juilliard Pre-College
Javier Diaz, Afro-Cuban Specialist, Juilliard School
Kyle Brightwell, Boston Symphony
George Nickson, Dallas Symphony
Pablo Rieppi, New York City Ballet, Juilliard Pre-College
Mike Truesdell, Juilliard Pre-College
Haruka Fujii, Soloist, Silk Road Ensemble
Chihiro Shibayama, Broadway
Samuel Z. Solomon, Artistic Director


Applicants to the program must have a strong working knowledge of primary orchestral instruments (i.e. timpani, snare drum, and keyboard percussion) and have an interest in pursuing advanced arts training. Students must be between the ages of 14 and 25 to be eligible to apply. Half of the spots will be reserved for high school aged students and half for college aged students. Those applicants who had been admitted to a 2020 summer program that was cancelled will be given special consideration.

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 multi-percussion solo, a few orchestral excerpts, or something similar. Application will be open until all of the spots are filled. There is no application fee.

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