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Summer Percussion

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About the Program

The Juilliard School’s long-running Summer Percussion Seminar is a two-week percussion intensive designed specifically for advanced high school percussionists who have reached age 15 and not yet graduated from high school.

Set in the exciting cultural environment of New York’s Lincoln Center, the Seminar offers students hands-on instruction in orchestral, contemporary, and world music styles. Participants experience a challenging range of master classes, clinics, lectures, rehearsals, and performances led by a faculty roster of today’s most prominent percussion teachers and performers. The Seminar exposes students to the diverse skills and careers represented by Juilliard’s faculty and graduates and prepares them for success in college auditions and beyond.

Students will:

  • Watch/participate in 15+ masterclasses and clinics by acclaimed 
faculty members and guests.
  • Perform with the JSPS Percussion Ensemble, including the premiere of a new work.
  • Participate in“Percussion Intensives,” mini courses that go in-depth 
on specific topics.
  • Take a Juilliard Ear Training course.
  • Take a Juilliard Alexander Technique course.
  • Attend full recitals by renowned faculty artists.
  • Attend Lincoln Center concerts.
  • Learn a TON about music and percussion.
  • Have fun and make lifelong friends!

For questions regarding the program, contact Samuel Solomon at
For questions regarding admissions, contact Katya Lawson at

Program Dates & Fees

The 2019 Summer Percussion Seminar takes place Sunday, July 7, through Saturday, July 20. The fee for tuition, room, and board is TBD (2018 program: $2,160). Application due February 1.

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The 2019 Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar will be led by artistic director Samuel Solomon.

Samuel Solomon

Artistic Director Samuel Z. Solomon teaches percussion at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Boston University; is Percussion Director of The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and serves as Artistic Director of the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar. From 2007–2011 he was president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. His book, “How to Write for Percussion,” has received critical acclaim from composers, performers, and conductors worldwide and is available in three languages. He has also authored three books on percussion playing and curated two collections of percussion etudes and solos. Solomon is founding member of the Yesaroun’ Duo and the Line C3 percussion group, from 2005–2010 he was percussionist-in-residence at Harvard University, and from 2003–2015 he was principal timpanist of the Amici New York chamber orchestra. He can be heard as soloist and chamber musician on GM, Albany, Bedroom Community, New Focus, and Tzadik labels, as well as performing the music of Björk on her soundtrack to Matthew Barney’s film “Drawing Restraint 9.” Please visit for more.

2019 Faculty will include:

Samuel Z. Solomon, JSPS Artistic Director, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University
Daniel Druckman, The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic
Glen Velez, The Juilliard School, soloist and hand drum specialist
Javier Diaz, The Juilliard School, Afro-Cuban specialist
Mike Truesdell, The Tianjin Juilliard School, China
Jacob Nissly, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory
Lori Schiff, The Juilliard School, Alexander Technique specialist
Joseph Gramley, Silk Road Ensemble, University of Michigan
Haruka Fujii, Silk Road Ensemble, Utari Duo
Nicola Cannizzaro, Vermont Symphony, TURNmusic
Pablo Rieppi, The Juilliard School Pre-College, NY City Ballet Orchestra
Joseph Mohan, The Juilliard School, Ear Training

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