Enrollment Update: Registration is open for all adult and pre-college fall courses.

About This Program

In this intensive, week-long experience presented by the New School College of Performing Arts, students will have the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and perform alongside Sandbox Percussion through daily rehearsals, coaching, and workshops. Students will be divided into multiple chamber groups, each consisting of one member of Sandbox Percussion and 2-4 participants. These groups vigorously rehearse a concentrated selection of repertoire for several hours each day, learning and experiencing first-hand how the members of Sandbox Percussion prepare repertoire for performance. Each chamber group presents their piece in a culminating marathon public performance for the entire Summer Seminar community at the conclusion of the week.

Students will also attend evening master classes and lectures with Sandbox Percussion to learn about both the creative and administrative aspects of running a successful chamber music ensemble. Each day, a guest artist will present a class on their art and their career path. This year, we will be joined by composer Amy Beth Kirsten, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and choreographer Francesca Harper.

Please note that students must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2023, in order to participate in the Summer Seminar.

Format: Onsite

Dates: June 4 - 10, 2023

What You'll Gain

  • Concentrated group percussion coaching
  • In-depth knowledge of contemporary percussion repertoire
  • Immersive performance experience
  • Supplemental classes with practicing artists

How You'll Learn

  • Direct interaction with Grammy-nominated Sandbox Percussion members
  • Collaboration in small group settings
  • Rehearsals towards a final performance

June 4 - 10, 2023, 10am - 10pm ET
Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Tuition and fees: $995 + $40 fee

University credits: This is a noncredit program.

Questions: Contact us here.

Application Requirements:
All students must submit an application and will be required to provide the following:

  • Written or selfie-style video response (approximately 250 words or 1-minute video) explaining why you want to come to the Sandbox Percussion Seminar, what you are hoping to learn, and what you are hoping to share.
  • Links to recordings (preferably video) of two examples of your best playing. One of the examples should be on a pitched percussion instrument.

Please note that students must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2023, in order to participate in the Summer Seminar.

Housing is available to students at an additional cost; you may indicate your interest in housing on the application form.

Tuition is non-refundable.

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