August 16 – 22, 2020

Now in its 9th year, TorQ Percussion Seminar is an opportunity for university-level percussionists to come together for an intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, discussions, masterclasses, creation and performance, under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy). Operated in association with Stratford Summer Music in beautiful Stratford, Ontario, Canada, TPS2020 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of the festival.

The core of the TPS experience is ensemble rehearsal. Each participant will be part of multiple ensemble pieces that will be rehearsed throughout the week; that rehearsal process will culminate in a finale concert presented as part of Stratford Summer Music. While exact repertoire choice is still being finalized, pieces will include a mix of “classics” (Steve Reich, Paul Lansky); new and recent percussion ensemble compositions with a focus on Canadian composers (including some works by members of TorQ); and the winning entries from this year’s TPS Composition Contest. Participants will also be involved in an outdoor market-square performance of Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist work, “In C.”

Each day will begin with morning round-table discussions about topics such as chamber music repertoire, self-promotion, concert logistics, musician health and much more. Master classes are also an integral part of the TPS experience. TPS2020 will feature multiple master classes with members of TorQ, giving participants an opportunity to showcase either solo or pre-formed ensemble works.

We are thrilled to welcome legendary producer/percussionist Ray Dillard as a guest lecturer at this year’s seminar. Ray has produced and engineered countless recordings for NEXUS, Nancy Zeltsman, Ben Reimer, Taktus and more, and has produced all four of TorQ’s albums. Ray will be presenting a session on DIY percussion recording.

As you can tell, the TPS schedule will keep you pretty busy while you’re here! As part of your registration fee, however, you will also have access to available concurrent Stratford Summer Music events. Depending on availability, you may also be able to attend plays or musicals at the Stratford Festival.  While practising is obviously important, Stratford has many great cultural opportunities, and we want to help you experience them while you’re here.

Here’s what past participants have to say about their experience at TPS:

“TPS is a unique intensive study for like-minded percussionists across North America. Over my years attending TPS I have established great connections with the amazing coaches and participants.” -Max Lindsay (Ontario).

“TPS was a great opportunity for me to work on chamber music in a fantastic environment while also learning about music and musicians of the Canadian contemporary music scene. Rich, Adam, Jamie and Dan taught me a lot!” -Tim Roth (Manitoba).

Assisted with a gift from:

Betsey Ryan