Percussion students performing
UCF offers two summer opportunities for aspiring and professional percussionists. These events run concurrently and will utilize our state of the art facilities and instruments. For more information about each event, browse the tabs below.
Due to the low enrollment, the Bob Becker Xylophone Soloist Seminar has been cancelled.

Mallet & Percussion Camp

July 10-16, 2016

A unique opportunity to study closely with UCF percussion faculty Jeff Moore, internationally recognized percussion clinician, lecturer, and soloist; Kirk Gay, world-class timpanist and orchestral musician; and Thad Anderson, percussionist, composer, and contemporary/electroacoustic music specialist. Special guests for the summer 2016 session include John W. Parks IV and Scott Herring.

Activities:

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
  • Individual instruction opportunities with Jeff Moore, Kirk Gay, and Thad Anderson
  • Ample time for individual practice
  • All instruments will be provided. Contact Thad Anderson to make arrangements if you wish to bring your own instruments.

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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.

Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Arrival/Check-in

On Sunday, July 10, 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 H3 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 16, 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.

Housing

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.

Housing regulations UCF campus housing

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Apply

Please email Thad Anderson about applying for the camp

Early registration (through April 30): $550
Regular registration (May 1 and after): $650

No refunds unless you are not accepted or class is full.

On-Campus Housing

Housing is available for an additional $220 for the week.
Meals are not provided.

Payment

Full balance due no later than July 1.
Checks should be made out to: UCF Music Department

Contact

University of Central Florida
Department of Music
c/o Thad Anderson
P.O. Box 161354
Orlando, FL. 32816-1354
Phone: (407) 823-2221
Fax: (407) 823-3378
tra@ucf.edu

Sponsors

Yamaha
Vic Firth
malletech Zildjian
Remo
Black Swamp

CANCELLED:Bob Becker
Xylophone Soloist Seminar

July 11-16, 2016

The Bob Becker Xylophone Soloist Seminar is an intensive one-week study of the xylophone styles and technique of artists from the golden age of the xylophone. The seminar will include lectures, performances, and classes on technique, style, improvisation and the history of the instrument. Students will receive individual and ensemble coaching, practice time (instruments provided), and will perform with Mr. Becker on the final concert. College students, educators, and professionals are encouraged to apply.

Prerequisites:

  • Well-developed reading skills and basic music theory knowledge. Plan to submit a repertoire list of mallet pieces you have studied with your application.
  • Students attending the seminar are asked to prepare/memorize:
    • 1 Ragtime style xylophone piece
    • "Jovial Jasper" by G.H Green
    • 1 classical G.H Green-era piece (i.e Caprice Valsant, Castle Valse Classique etc.)

Each student will receive:

  • Daily lectures and master classes with faculty and guest artists
  • Technical and improvisation lessons
  • Listening sessions
  • Ensemble and performance experience and coaching on xylophone and marimba
  • Individual practice time

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Schedule

A general schedule will be posted in the near future

Arrival/Check-in

The seminar will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11 with a welcome meeting. Students attending from out of town may arrive anytime Sunday, July 10. They should coordinate their arrival with Heather Thorn at xyloheather@aol.com. Airport, train, or bus pick-up can be arranged. For those transporting themselves, a check-in period will be available between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 in the Performing Arts Center Music wing (PAC-Music – parking lot H3). Any questions related to arrival and transportation can be directed towards Heather. Note: Tickets should not be purchased until you have been notified of acceptance to the seminar.

Final Concert/Departure

On the final day, July 16, 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.

Housing

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.

Housing regulations UCF campus housing

More Information

Detailed campus map Map and directions Campus dining options

Apply

Please email Thad Anderson about applying for the camp

Early registration (through April 30): $795
Regular registration (May 1 and after): $895

No refunds unless you are not accepted or class is full.

On-Campus Housing

Housing is available for an additional $220 for the week.
Meals are not provided.

Payment

Full balance due no later than July 1.
Checks should be made out to: UCF Music Department

Contact

University of Central Florida
Department of Music
c/o Thad Anderson
P.O. Box 161354
Orlando, FL. 32816-1354
Phone: (407) 823-2221
Fax: (407) 823-3378
tra@ucf.edu

Sponsors

Yamaha
Vic Firth
Malletech Zildjian
Remo
Black Swamp
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