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  • Summer Workshops — May 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | May 03, 2021

    CGCC Summer Percussion Workshop
    When: June 7–11, 2021
    Where: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler, AZ
    Course of Study: The CGCC Summer Percussion Workshop is designed to promote percussion participation and instruct students in the areas of percussion ensemble and solo percussion performance. This workshop is open to high school percussion students, including those entering high school in the fall, and 2021 high school graduates. Students will spend time in ensemble rehearsal as well as in topical- and solo performance-based masterclasses. The final day (Thursday) of the workshop will feature either a Solo & Ensemble Percussion Recital or ensemble recording session (depending on current COVID protocols).
    Tuition: $100 (one-credit tuition plus college fees for Maricopa residents)
    Contact: Josh Gottry, workshop director:

    NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar
    When: June 13–16, 2021
    Where: Online
    Faculty: Jonathan Haas, director. Past seminar presenters have included Clint de Ganon and Joe Passaro (Beautiful), Javier Diaz and Warren Odze (Rocky), Sean Ritenauer (Something Rotten), David Nyberg and Ray Marchica (Mamma Mia), John Clancy and Jon Epcar (Spiderman), Charlie Descarfino (Porgy and Bess), Wilson Torres (In the Heights), Dan Haskins and David Ratajczak (Mary Poppins), Pablo Rieppi (West Side Story), Erik Charlston (How to Succeed in Business), James Saporito (NYC Ballet and Tony Awards), Valerie Naranjo and Tommy Igoe (The Lion King), Kory Grossman (Broadway's Super Sub), Ben Herman (Film Recording), and many more!
    Course of Study: The Broadway Percussion Seminar is a four-day intensive study of the skills, experience, and know-how of Broadway percussion. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and work with leading top percussionists, contractors, and conductors working on Broadway. Throughout the week, sessions will cover a variety of topics, including the drum set and percussion books for multiple Broadway shows, setup and technical advice, use of the most up-to-date technology, candid and sage advice for creating a career as a Broadway musician, subbing on Broadway (Super-Sub!), and a unique session with Local 802 musician’s union leadership. Participants will be sent a variety of materials for their personal study, such as scores, pit recordings, and conductor videos. We're also excited for our newest session called “The Virtual Broadway Pit,” where we will watch video of a show being played in the pit, with the percussionist offering real-time narration and insight.
    Tuition: $300 (application deadline: May 25, 2021)
    Info & Registration:

    NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar
    When: August 1–6, 2021
    Where: Online
    Faculty: Sandbox Percussion, directors; guest artists John Luther Adams, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Lang, Kristin Lee, and Kendall Williams.
    Course of Study: The Sandbox Percussion Seminar is an intensive study of chamber music skills and repertoire. Throughout the week, we will feature live discussions and masterclasses via Zoom, on topics ranging from practice and rehearsal techniques to entrepreneurship advice for creating a career in the arts. Guest artists, along with the members of Sandbox Percussion, will be available to all participants within an intimate learning format where dialogue and interaction are encouraged. The week will culminate with a virtual performance featuring everyone involved in the seminar and will be released online!
    Tuition: $300 (application deadline: May 31, 2021)
    Info & Registration:

    Rhythmic Independence Intensive and Mentorship — POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022
    When: June 21–23, 2021 (beginner); June 28–30, 2021 (intermediate), July 7–9, 2021 (advanced)
    Where: Online via Zoom
    Course of Study: Participate in a three-day intensive focused on attaining a high level of performance while executing differing rhythmic structures between your voice and your instrument simultaneously. Build your musical community by learning and growing in a small group setting. Each session is open to five participants. Each session will have three guest artists: a group masterclass with either Ayano Kataoka or Bonnie Whiting (depending on which session you attend), a Q&A with Stuart Saunders Smith, and a performance and Q&A with Spectrum Ensemble. The Rhythmic Independence Intensive and Mentorship offers an opportunity for strengthening one’s rhythmic abilities, incorporating one’s voice into one's artistry, building community in a small group setting, and the opportunity for valuable conversations on career, life, being an artist, and so much more!
    Tuition: $500 per student. Sliding scale available! There is an additional $35 non-refundable application fee due upon submission of the application. QTBIPOC scholarships are available. 
    Requirements: At least one year of private collegiate study on your primary instrument; letter of recommendation from private instructor submitted by May 31, 2021; completion of the application by May 20, 2021. 
    Info & Registration:

  • 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.

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