September 7, 2018

MSM Percussion Program Event Highlights for 2018-2019

Join us for a number of exciting public events this season for Manhattan School of Music’s renowned Percussion Program, as MSM celebrates its Centennial year.

All events are free of charge, and take place at Manhattan School of Music, 130 Claremont Avenue, NY NY 10027. Arrive early to ensure seating!


OCT  5

MASTER CLASS: JAN WILLIAMS (BM ’63, MM ’64) 3-5 PM, Bossi-Comelli Studio. The respected percussionist, composer, conductor and teacher is a leader in avant-garde and progressive music in the United States, and an alumnus of MSM, where he studied percussion under Paul Price. Lukas Foss, John Cage, Elliott Carter, and Joel Chadabe, are some of the many composers who have written music expressly for him.

Jan Williams

OCT 12

MASTER CLASS: GLEN VELEZ (MM ’74) 3-5 PM, Bossi-Comelli Studio. This legendary four-time Grammy Award winner — and MSM alumnus —  is considered the founding father of the modern frame drum movement. He has brought a new genre of drumming to contemporary music with his own performance style, inspired by years of studying percussion and frame drumming in cultures around the world. Velez has collaborated extensively with artists ranging from John Cage, to Pat Metheny, Tan Dun, Suzanne Vega, to the New York City Ballet.

Glen Velez


MASTER CLASS: NUNO AROSO, 3-5 PM, Bossi-Comelli Studio.  Born in Porto, Portugal and widely recognized as one of the most creative and active percussionists and solo percussionist of his generation, Nuno Aroso is particularly focused on the percussion repertoire from 20th and 21st centuries, and actively collaborates with numerous composers from the most varied aesthetic fields and parts of the world.

Nuno Aroso

NOV 28

MSM PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, 7:30 PM, Ades Performance Space. (Come early, space is limited!)

Jude Traxler and Mike Perdue, Conductors

She-e Wu, Marimba

100 MIKE PERDUE (MM ’11) L’Histoire du Diable (World Premiere)
100 ANDY AKIHO (MM ’09) to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem

MSM Percussion Ensemble, November 2017


MARIMBA CONCERT   7:30 PM, Greenfield Hall. Manhattan School of Music’s Percussion students are showcased in solo performances, directed by respected Marimba soloist and composer She-e Wu, a consultant to the Percussion program. 

Save the date!

Highlights for Spring 2019

The MSM Percussion Program is pleased to host legendary percussionist, author and conductor Steven Schick, who will work with MSM students in a residency from March 22-27. Open to the public: A master class on March 22 in Bossi-Comelli Studio, from 3-5 PM.

Percussion events, open to the public:

JAN 18

MASTER CLASS: MATT DECKER, 3-5 PM in Bossi Comelli Studio. Assistant timpani/ percussion of the Seattle Symphony


MASTER CLASS: JAY RICHIE, 3-5 PM in Bossi Comelli Studio, MSM Alum, Assistant Timpani/ Percussion, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

FEB 15

MASTER CLASS: NICK WOUD, 3-5 PM in Bossi-Comelli Studio. Timpanist with Concergebouw Orchestra


MASTER CLASS: ANTON MITTERMAYER, 3-5 PM in Bossi-Comelli Studio. Timpanist with Vienna Philharmonic.

MAR 22

MASTER CLASS: STEVEN SCHICK, 3-5 PM in Bossi-Comelli Studio. Percussionist and the Music Director and Conductor of the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra

MAR 27

IN PERFORMANCE: MSM Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Steven Schick, 7:30 PM in Neidorff-Karpati Hall.

VIDEO: MSM Percussion Ensemble 60th Anniversary (below)

Manhattan School of Music’s esteemed Percussion Ensemble celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a free concert in Ades Performance Space on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 PM. An evening of quartets performing works by PRICE, DESANTIS, MARTIN, TREUTING, COLGRASS, PEREIRA, CAGE, and TENNEY.

The MSM Percussion Program Family Photo:

From left to right: MSM Percussion Program guest directors Mike Perdue and Jude Traxler, consultant She-e Wu, faculty member Kyle Zerna, Percussion Department Chair Christopher Lamb, faculty member Duncan Patton, and Percussion Operations Manager Matt Ward. Photo taken in March 2018 by Anna Yatskvich in Christopher Ward’s office, before the MSM Percussion Ensemble 60th Anniversary concert (see video above).

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