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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. Students may also be recent high school graduates taking a gap year before attending college.

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 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 15+ masterclasses and clinics given 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 [email protected]
For questions regarding admissions, contact Katya Lawson at [email protected]

Program Dates & Fees

Please note that Juilliard's Summer Percussion Seminar is intended for musicians who are currently in high school ages. Juilliard also welcomes applicants who are recent high school/secondary school graduates taking a "gap-year" before pursuing collegiate-level education.

Juilliard’s 2024 Summer Percussion program will take place from Monday July 8 through Saturday July 20, 2024. Participants will arrive on Sunday July 7 and depart on Saturday July 20, 2024.

The fee for tuition and room and board is $3,700.  Financial Aid is available for qualified admitted applicants.

The deadline for application and audition recording is February 1.

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Summer Percussion Seminar

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The Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar is led by artistic director Samuel Solomon.

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 2024 Seminar

Samuel Z. Solomon, Juilliard Summer Percussion Artistic Director, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University
Nicola Cannizzaro, Vermont Symphony, TURNmusic
Javier Diaz, The Juilliard School, Afro-Cuban specialist
Daniel Druckman, The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic
Haruka Fujii, Silk Road Ensemble, Utari Duo
Joseph Gramley, Silk Road Ensemble, Indiana University
Pablo Rieppi, The Juilliard School Pre-College, NY City Ballet Orchestra
Lori Schiff, The Juilliard School, Alexander Technique Teacher
Mike Truesdell, The Juilliard School Pre-College, Ithaca University
Glen Velez, The Juilliard School, soloist and hand drum specialist
Gregory Zuber, The Juilliard School, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

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