Percussion students performing

Percussion Summer Institute

July 7-13, 2019

Campus Location: Performing Arts Center – Music

A unique opportunity to study closely with UCF percussion faculty Thad Anderson, percussionist, composer, and contemporary/electroacoustic music specialist; Kirk Gay, world-class timpanist and orchestral musician; and Jeff Moore, internationally recognized percussion clinician, lecturer, and soloist. Additional guest artists and faculty will be announced in the near future.


Participants will perform in master classes and concerts, and will receive instruction on a variety of percussion subjects including:

  • Marimba technique, solos, and concerti
  • Vibraphone technique, improvisation, solos, and concerti
  • Timpani and Multiple Percussion solos and concerti
  • Independence and Transfer Value in Percussion
  • Ochestral instruments including snare drum and accessories
  • Chamber music and percussion ensemble
  • World music, including Brazilian, Amadinda, and Steel Band
  • Music technology and practice techniques

Each student will receive:

  • Multiple daily sessions with camp faculty and additional guest artists
  • Small group lessons and masterclasses with camp faculty
  • Daily percussion ensemble and world music ensemble playing experience
  • Ample time for individual practice
  • All instruments will be provided. Contact Thad Anderson to make arrangements if you wish to bring your own instruments.


Guest Artists

  • Susan Powell
  • Novus Percutere: Justin Alexander & Luis Rivera

Age Group & Experience Level

This event is intended for college and advanced high school players (typically incoming 11th or 12th graders) but may also include younger high school students that have significant experience. Incoming 9th graders who will be 15 or older at the time of the event are welcome to submit an application.

Repertoire Expectations

Camp participants should plan to arrive with a minimum of two solo works that are either ready to perform or are a work in progress. These might include keyboard percussion (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone), concert or rudimental snare drum, timpani, multi-percussion, drum set, or otherwise. Additional solo and ensemble material will likely be assigned as we get closer the event and at the beginning of camp.

More Information

Detailed campus map Map and directions Campus dining options

This event has reached capacity for 2019. Please consider us for Summer 2020.


UCF School of Performing Arts-Music
c/o Thad Anderson
12488 Centaurus Blvd.
Bldg. 119M, Rm. 203
Orlando, FL 32816-1354
Phone: (407) 823-2221
Fax: (407) 823-3378


Vic Firth
Salyers Percussion


Tentative Schedule


On Sunday, July 7, the day of arrival, we will have a check-in period in the Performing Arts Center's Music wing (PAC-Music) beginning at 3:00 p.m. To check-in, plan to park in lot H4 and enter the front of the PAC. There will be an opening meeting and concert later that afternoon beginning at 5:00 p.m. so you will want to make sure you are fully checked in and moved into your dorm by that point.

Final Concert/Departure

On the final day, July 13, we will give a closing concert at 2:00 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall Auditorium. Family and friends are invited to attend this final event and celebration.


For participants staying in campus housing, a linen package is included for each guest:

  • two (2) sheets
  • one (1) pillow
  • one (1) pillowcase
  • one (1) blanket
  • two (2) bath towels
  • two (2) washcloths
  • one (1) bathmat
  • soap and cups

Meals are not provided through the housing or tuition fees. It is recommend that you budget $130 to cover 3 meals each day for the duration of the camp. Two pizza dinners will be provided to participants, one of the first day and one on the final day.

Housing regulations UCF campus housing
Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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