The University of Michigan Percussion Program is one of the longest active and most successful university percussion programs in the country. With over 60 years of history, its faculty have included some of the field’s most outstanding teachers and its alumni continue to achieve success in all areas of the percussion world. Broad in its musical scope, the percussion program promotes a comprehensive approach which includes opportunities for study in numerous areas including: orchestral studies, contemporary solo and chamber playing, timpani, drum set, and world music. The percussion program and its artist faculty work to foster growth in the areas of performance, pedagogy, technology, composition/arranging, and improvisation in an effort to provide a comprehensive percussion education in response to the ever-changing demands of the 21st-century musical landscape. While the program offers a broad, comprehensive approach, we work to help each student discover their own unique artistic voice and encourage individual areas of interest and research. We are committed to supporting a curriculum which will help each of our students attain their individual professional goals.
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FALL PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT #1 OCTOBER 2 // MOORE BUILDING // HANKINSON REHEARSAL HALL // 7:30pm // FREE The Percussion Ensemble looks at music from Canadian composers and performers this semester over two different concerts. Celebrating "...the true north strong and free, from far and wide..." the Percussion Ensemble will perform works by Canadians Ann Southam and Dinuk Wijeratne. Canadian percussionist and composer Bob Becker is featured in his work Mudra with soloist Colin McCall and Steve Reich's Nagoya Marimbas written for Becker and fellow Canadian and NEXUS Percussion Ensemble founder Russell Hartenberger. Works by the percussion pioneer Johanna Beyer will be featured; other works include compositions by Marc Mellits, Ben Wahlund, Mark Applebaum, and Glenn Kotche
2018 BLACK SWAMP PERCUSSION MULTI SOLO COMPETITION - AWARD WINNERS! University of Michigan Percussionists Tanner Tanyeri and Colleen Bernstein received *FIRST PLACE* and *SECOND PLACE* (respectively) in the 2018 Black Swamp Percussion Multi Solo Competition. Check out their videos here.
COLLEGE TEACHING POSITION AWARDED Congratulations to UM Percussion Alumnus, Matthew Geiger (MM 2015) for being named Assistant Professor of Percussion at East Tennessee State University.
COLLEGE TEACHING POSITION AWARDED Congratulations to UM Percussion Alumnus A.J. Covey (MM 2018) for being named Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of North Alabama.
COLLEGE TEACHING POSITION AWARDED Congratulations to UM Percussion Alumnus Darren Lin (BM 2014) for being named Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Lebanon Valley College.
2018 TROMP PERCUSSION Congratulations to Hannah Weaver (MM 2015) for being named a 2018 TROMP percussion participant.
2018 MODERN SNARE DRUM COMPETITION Congratulations to current percussion student, Ajay Wadhwani (BM 2021) for being named one of the finalists for the 2018 Modern Snare Drum Competition, held in Cleveland at the Cleveland Institute of Music.