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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 City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 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 of today’s most prominent percussion teachers and performers. The Seminar exposes students to the many skills, careers, and passions represented by Juilliard’s faculty and graduates and prepares them for success in college auditions and beyond.

Students will:

  • Watch/participate in masterclasses and clinics given by acclaimed 
faculty members and guests.
  • Perform with the JSPS Percussion Ensemble.
  • Participate in“Percussion Intensives,” mini courses that go in-depth 
on specific topics.
  • Take a Juilliard Ear Training 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 [email protected]
For questions regarding admissions, contact Katya Lawson at [email protected]

Program Dates & Fees

Percussionists who have reached age 15 and have not yet graduated from high school by the start of the seminar are eligible to apply. 

The 2020 Summer Percussion Seminar takes place Sunday, July 12, through Saturday, July 25.

The fee for tuition, room, and board is $2,360.

Applications, including recorded audition, are due February 1, 2020.

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Summer Percussion Seminar

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The 2020 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; Mr. Solomon 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 a 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 information.

Faculty for the 2020 Seminar will be announced here soon.


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