Summer Percussion Seminar


Faculty Member Yousif Sheronick

The 2017 Summer Percussion Seminar takes place Sunday, July 9, through Saturday, July 22.

The long-running Summer Percussion Seminar is designed specifically for advanced high-school percussionists, who must have reached age 15 and have not graduated from high school prior to July 9, 2017.

During two intensive weeks in the exciting cultural environment of New York's Lincoln Center, students pursue hands-on study of all the major percussion instruments: two- and four-mallet keyboard, snare drum, timpani, and orchestral accessories. In addition, students are introduced to world hand drums, percussion chamber music, and both multi- and solo-percussion repertoire. Seminar participants will experience a challenging range of master classes, clinics, lectures, rehearsals, and performances led by a faculty roster of today’s most prominent percussion teachers and performers. All of this activity focused on preparing them for success in conservatory and college auditions. 

The Juilliard School will make reasonable accommodations for students, guests and community members with qualified disabilities. If you need to request a disability-related accommodation, please notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services as soon as possible (but ideally no later than 2-3 weeks prior to your arrival on campus) to ensure timely accommodation.

Application and Audition Submission

All materials must be submitted online before the deadline:

  • Complete online application
  • $50 application fee (submitted online by credit card, or checking account)
  • Letter of recommendation from primary music instructor (optional)
  • Audition video recording 

Any extenuating circumstances regarding the application deadline (due to injury or technical problems) should be brought to the attention of Admissions

Audition Requirements

For your video audition to Juilliard's Summer Percussion Seminar, you are required to perform four solo works, as described below, as well as a short introductory video - for a total of 5 videos. Additional submissions will not be viewed. 

  1. Introductory Video
    Please provide a video introduction. State your name, age, where you are from, and a brief overview of your background as a percussionist. 

  2. One snare drum solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested composers: Delecluse, Cirone, Peters. Concert style etudes are preferred over rudimental style.

  3. One timpani solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested composers: Hochrainer, Woud, Firth, Delecluse. Solos that demonstrate traditional orchestral musicianship are preferred over solos with a lot of extended techniques.

  4. One two-mallet solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested works: a movement of J.S. Bach's Violin Sonatas and Partitas, G.H. Green rags, solos from MassChap Xylophone Collection. If you use a transcription (like Bach) for one of your mallet solos, please use a contemporary solo for the other.

  5. One four-mallet solo or etude of your choice
    Suggested works: a movement from J.S. Bach's Violin Sonatas and Partitas, Cello Suites, or Lute Suites; works from the Intermediate Marimba Masterworks books; and works suggested here. If you use a transcription (like Bach) for one of your mallet solos, please use a contemporary solo for the other.

The suggested works listed above are just that - suggestions! Works not listed here are acceptable, as well. 

Deadline, Tuition, and Notification

The deadline for the Summer 2017 Summer Percussion Seminar has been extended through Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.

Tuition and fees, including room and board, for the 2017 Seminar is $2,060.


All applicants will receive notification of their admissions status via email during the month of March.
Upon review of video auditions, the faculty will select 16 percussionists for acceptance. A short waiting list will be established at that time.


The 2017 Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar will be led by artistic director Samuel Solomon. 

Samuel SolomonSamuel Z. Solomon (left) teaches percussion at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). From 2007-11 he was president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. His book, How to Write for Percussion, has received critical acclaim from composers, performers, and conductors worldwide and will soon be available in three languages. He has also authored three books on percussion playing and curated two collections of percussion etudes and solos. Solomon is founding member of the Yesaroun’ Duo and the Line C3 percussion group, from 2005-10 he was percussionist in residence at Harvard University, and from 2003-15 he was principal timpanist of the Amici New York chamber orchestra. He can be heard as soloist and chamber musician on GM, Albany, Bedroom Community, New Focus, and Tzadik labels, as well as performing the music of Björk on her soundtrack to Matthew Barney’s film Drawing Restraint 9. Contact Samuel Solomon.


2017 Faculty will include:


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