Now in its seventh year, TorQ Percussion Seminar is an opportunity for college-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, TPS2018 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 3-4 ensemble pieces that will be rehearsed throughout the week; that rehearsal process will culminate in a final concert presented as part of Stratford Summer Music. While exact repertoire choice is still being finalized, pieces will include a mix of "classics" (John Cage, Steve Reich, etc), 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.
TPS2018 will also include another, slightly more unusual performance opportunity: the group creation and realization of a new work for outdoor percussion ensemble. This new work will be performed multiple times on Tom Patterson Island as part of the "Music for an Avon Morning" concert series.
Master classes and group discussions are also an integral part of the TPS experience. TPS2018 will feature multiple master classes with members of TorQ, giving participants an opportunity to showcase either solo or pre-formed ensemble works. These masterclasses will be open to the public. Participants will also participate in group discussions about topics such as chamber music repertoire, self-promotion, concert logistics, and much more.
We'll also have a special guest joining us for part of TPS2018. Ray Dillard is a master percussionist, recording and mixing engineer, and composer. In addition to being associated with NEXUS for many years in a variety of capacities, he has produced somewhere over 150 (at last count) percussion albums, in addition to records for orchestras, bands, improv ensembles, and all manner of musical configurations. He will join us to talk about the basics of DIY recording of percussion instruments, and will also offer input on masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals.
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 Musical events. Depending on availability, you may also be able to attend plays or musicals at the Stratford Festival. While practicing is obviously important, Stratford has lots of great cultural opportunities, and we want to help you experience them while you're here.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018