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  • Summer Workshops — March 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Mar 01, 2021

    42nd-Annual Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar
    When: June 1–5; 7–11, 2021
    Where: All events will take place on the Zoom videoconferencing platform
    Guest Presenters: Michael Burritt (Professor of Percussion, Eastman School of Music), John Parks (Audio/Video Recording guru, Florida State University), Escape X (Andrea Venet, University of North Florida, and Annie Stevens, Virginia Tech), Cameron Leach (Winner, PAS International Solo Artist Competition)
    Cost: $500 for new students; $300 for returning LHS Seminar alumni; additional $100 for a personal masterclass
    Overview: The Seminar includes over 25 hours of instruction with Leigh Howard Stevens, clinics by our guest artists, a virtual tour of the Malletech factory, and the opportunity for a masterclass based on your pre-recorded performance. Percussionists college-aged and older (incoming freshmen included) are invited to join us for 10 days of study with marimba virtuoso and pioneer Leigh Howard Stevens. The LHS Seminar will cover a wide variety of topics, including: technique, memorization systems, tone production, repertoire, acoustics, practice techniques, career development, history, and more!

  • 2021 Summer Workshops

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Feb 10, 2021

    11th Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Shawn Mativetsky
    When: June 28–July 4, 2021
    Where: Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada 
    Tuition: $425 CAD (early registration discount of $50 before April 1)
    Overview: During this intensive, hands-on workshop, participants will learn tabla in the tradition of the Benares (Varanasi) gharana. The workshop is open to all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). The schedule includes daily group practice sessions, group classes, and special topic sessions. Classes are scheduled during the daytime (the detailed schedule will be made available to participants in June). Students will live and breathe tabla for the duration of the workshop! Should the public health situation prevent us from meeting in person, the workshop will take place online via Zoom. For participants from out of town, reasonably priced accommodations are available at the McGill Royal Victoria College (RVC) residences, conveniently located next door to the Schulich School of Music.
    Contact: For more information or to register, please contact Shawn Mativetsky at

    Clazz International Music Festival 
    When: July 24–August 7, 2021
    Where: Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy 
    Tuition: $3,000 (single room) or $2,400 (shared room) U.S. dollars
    Faculty: Shawn Mativetsky (tabla, percussion), Aldo Mazza (percussion), Claudio Sbrolli (drum set), and many others (winds, strings, piano, guitar, composition)
    Overview: Clazz, a music festival at the intersection of classical and jazz idioms, offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Set in the historic center of Arcidosso, Italy, and situated in the heart of Tuscany, Clazz International Music Festival features a fully integrated musical journey for attendees. While some musicians will come to focus on their classical repertoire, others will be more inclined to harness their improvisational abilities. Clazz allows students the freedom to choose their own educational path. At Clazz, we are focused on learning how to be the best musicians we can be, in an inspiring and nurturing environment, regardless of genre. Complete with day trips to Siena and the beach in Porto Santo Stefano, delicious local cuisine of the region, a first-rate concert series, and a faculty of highly acclaimed international artists, Clazz guarantees a very special musical experience, helping to foster significant and meaningful new connections to last a life time.

  • Interlochen Adult Band Camp and Daniel Glass Denver Jazz Intensive

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jul 28, 2020

    When: August 11–14, 2020
    Where: Virtual attendance

    Join more than 70 adults from across the United States and around the globe for the 2020 Online Adult Band Camp and experience the joy of study and virtual performance of symphonic band repertoire in a challenging, supportive, fun, and friendly environment. This will be the 16th year of Interlochen's Adult Band Camp, which regularly draws amateur and professional players from across the country. It will be led by longtime artistic director Tom Riccobono. The distinguished faculty will teach masterclasses on instrumental technique and the fundamental basics of your instrument, host lectures, and will prepare students for individual solo video recordings of Gustav Holst's “First Suite in E-flat for Military Band,” which will be transformed into a virtual performance and launched at a later date.

    Keith A. Aleo is the Instructor of Percussion at Interlochen Arts Academy, Director and Instructor of Orchestral Percussion at Interlochen Percussion Institute, and Adult Band Camp Percussion Faculty at Interlochen College of Creative Arts. Keith is also on the percussion faculty at Boston Conservatory and Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at the Avedis Zildjian Co.

    Supplies needed for your at-home recording session include a mobile device with video and sound recording capabilities, headphones or earbuds, and a computer or iPad to "watch the conductor" during your recording.

    Tuition: $300

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    When: August 14–16, 19, 21–23
    Where: Mighty Fine Studios & Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver, Colorado

    With support from Rupp’s Drum in Denver, Colorado, the Daniel Glass Denver Jazz Intensive is a hybrid online/in-person event that will be presented over two weekends between August 14–23. This workshop not only provides an in-depth course in jazz technique, it also offers participants the chance to perform and record with a professional Denver rhythm section in a world-class recording studio. By spreading the events across a ten-day period, participants can really dig into the material and make measurable progress. To ensure maximum one-on-one interaction, the event is limited to just 12 participants.

    Workshops topics will include: Technique—Not just WHAT to play, but the mechanics of HOW to actually play it; Swing—drive any jazz band at a much deeper level; Comping Secrets—learn what (and what not) to play behind a soloist; Soloing—get clarity and focus in developing your ideas; and Recording—including a professionally produced video of your final performance.

    Tuition: $449

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