Alan Abel Orchestral Percussion Seminar
June 20-25, 2016
Angela Zator Nelson
There will be clinics and master classes on orchestral repertoire for snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, tambourine, triangle, castanets, and other instruments.
Some focus will be on balance, timing, tone quality, musical character, and other aspects of performing with a large ensemble. Of course, playing the correct notes with an appropriate technique will also be stressed. The role of assistant timpanist will be addressed including second timpani parts and concerti for piano, violin, and cello. Since Bach transcriptions for marimba are often required in percussion auditions, several examples will be studied.
Percussion sectionals are organized to perform with amplified orchestral recordings and conductor. Repertoire for sectionals will include works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Stravinsky, Kodaly, Rachmaninoff, Bernstein, Prokofiev, and others. Full-time participants will take an active performing role in the master classes and sectionals. There will be an audition to help the faculty make part assignments for the sectionals. A typical day includes roughly nine hours of instruction.
Collegiate and professional (at least an incoming freshman). If attendee is a minor (younger than 18), they must provide a letter and waiver from their guardians.
Full-time Participants - $500
Observing Participants - $250
Enrollment is limited to 30 full-time participants - applications are processed in order they are received.
Please complete the online Registration Form (coming Feb 9, 2015) to register for the Alan Abel Orchestral Percussion Seminar. The non-refundable $100 deposit is due upon registration with the remaining fees billed to you (due by May 25). There is a $50 late registration fee for any payments received after May 25, 2015.
If interested, please review this additional information regarding travel, parking, housing and meals.
For those accepted into the Seminar, a placement audition will be performed on the first day. Participants will provide background information about themselves and play from selected repertoire for part assignments throughout the week.
Deadline registration is May 25, 2015.
Any questions about curriculum or course content should be directed to Prof. Phil O'Banion.