Percussion students performing

4/5/20 UPDATE: Due to university closures, this camp will no longer be held. Currently registered students will be fully refunded. Please save the date for next year’s institute, July 11-17, 2021.

Percussion Summer Institute

July 12-18, 2020

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 to make arrangements if you wish to bring your own instruments.


Guest Artists

  • Guest artists will be announced in the near future

Age Group & Experience Level

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

Capacity is limited to 24 participants. Acceptance to the Summer Institute is based on experience and ability level. This is assessed through the submission of two contrasting video performances and a statement of experience and interest from the applicant.

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 be assigned as we get closer the event and at the beginning of camp.

More Information

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Check back for 2021 registration

Reservation fee of $50 is non-refundable and will be used towards the cost of tuition. Capacity is limited to 24 participants

Early Registration Tuition:
$450 by May 1, 2020

Late Registration Tuition (after May 1):
$550 by June 1, 2020

Housing: $260

Registration will open January 2, 2020


Early Decision Deadline:
Applicants who apply before March 1 will receive notification on or by March 9

Discounted Tuition Deadline:
Applicants who apply before May 1 will receive notification on or by May 11

Regular Tuition Deadline:
Applicants who apply after May 1 will receive notification on or by June 8

Applications will close on June 1, 2020


UCF School of Performing Arts-Music
Phone: (407) 823-2221


Vic Firth
Salyers Percussion


Tentative Schedule


On Sunday, July 12, 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 18, 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
Housing regulations UCF campus housing


With exception of two instances, meals are not provided through the housing or tuition fees. It is recommended that you budget a total of $150 to cover 3 meals each day for the duration of the camp. For those participants staying in on-campus housing, a full kitchen is provided in each apartment, so it is possible to have groceries on hand to make meals.

Two meals will be provided during the event:

  • A catered dinner will be provided to participants after the opening session on the first day of the event.
  • A catered lunch will be provided on the final day before the closing concert.
Campus dining options
Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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