Study at Lehman College

Submitted by Hari on 1/16/2012 7:39:39 PM   Last updated by Hari on 1/16/2012 7:47:27 PM
Lehman College is proud to announce two degrees:
BS and MAT (leading to teacher certification)
Morris "Arnie" Lang head of percussion program
Many performance opportunities
Reasonable tuition and scholarship assistance available
Call 718.960.8247 for more information

Aspen Music Festival and School Percussion Department

Submitted by Hari Savitala on 9/1/2011 8:39:07 AM   Last updated by Hari Savitala on 9/1/2011 8:39:07 AM

The Aspen Music Festival and School Percussion Department featuring faculty artists, Jonathan Haas, David Herbert, Doug Howard and Tom Stubbs were joined by 19 of the most outstanding percussion students from around the world along with guest artists Collin Currie, Keith Aleo and Michael Udow. Collin performed the Rouse Percussion concerto, Der Gerettete Alberich with the Festival Orchestra and presented a masterclass. Keith Aleo and Michael Udow offered their expertise to the percussion class along with the weekly master-classes given by the faculty.

Elliot Beck served as the "Aspen Conductors Academy" fellowship principal timpanist, Simon Gomez Gallego was the winner of the Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship and Ryan Nestor served as the percusionist for the Aspen Contemporary ensemble under the direction of Sidney Hodgkinson. The percussion ensmble under the direction of Jonathan Haas presented as a part of the Shakespeare mini festival an unprededented performance of Harrison Birstwhistle, For o, for o, the hobby horse is forgot which included actors from the AMFS Opera program. Other works on the program included Omphalo Centric Lecture: Nigel Westlake, Tak-Nara for percussion quartet: Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, 20 Minutes off the Pavement: David Friedman with Matthew Lau, vibraphone soloist and the First Concerto for Flute and Percusssion: Lou Harrison with Nadine Asin flute soloist. Charles Rosmarin was the winner of the Messian Exotic Birds audition which resulted in a performance with the much acclaimed pianist David Friend and members of the AMFS percussion department.

Aspen Music Festival and School:
Jackson Stevens
Bradley Loudis
Jacob Steuer
David Tarantino
Joshua Vonderheide
Josh Bowman
Erich Rieppel
Jonathan Wisner
Terry Sweeney
Joshua Azenberg
Elliot Beck
Matthew Lau
Andrew Emerich
Charlie Rosmarin
Jon Lou
Simon Gomez Gallego
Ross Coons
Grant Goodman
Matthew Shuham
Chad Crummel
Ross Erickson
Ryan Nestor



"The Broadway Beat: 2011 NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar/Summit"

Submitted by Hari Savitala on 9/1/2011 8:26:36 AM   Last updated by Hari Savitala on 9/1/2011 8:37:16 AM
The following .pdf file recaps the 2011 NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar/Summit.


Percussion Seminar

(left to right): Anthony Di Bartolo, Ryan McLean, Clay Barnum, Emilie Mitchell. Michael Chewter, Robert Chapman, Amanda Dillard, Tony Hofmeir, Jonathan Haas, Brad Davis, Arielle Miller, Rebecca Adelman and Becky Reid

Music in Contemporary World Cultures: Steel Drum in Trinidad and Tobago

Submitted by Hari Savitala on 9/1/2011 8:22:58 AM   Last updated by Hari Savitala on 9/1/2011 8:22:58 AM

Location: Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies
Dates: January 3- January 16, 2012

This course is designed for percussionists and non-musicians.  Students will be offered a consummate educational introduction to the epicenter of steel pan culture through a combination of hands-on training and trips to significant sites within the Trinidad and Tobago island system. Students will experience this rich culture from the viewpoint of steel pan performance, and develop an understanding of the heritage and significance that this art form has on the West Indies and the world. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in master classes with renowned steel pan artists and visit several Trindadian pan yards to observe the world's best steel drum ensembles preparing for Panorama.

Members of the NYU Steel Ensemble will participate in supplementary activities, including a dress rehearsal and performance during the program. To participate as an Ensemble member, an audition in September 2011 and weekly rehearsals are required prior to the program. No prior steel drum experience is required. Contact Jonathan Haas for complete information at


    Hands-on Participants:

    • MPAPS - UE 1090 NYU Steel Ensemble (3 credits; undergraduate)
    • MPAPS - GE 2190 NYU Steel Ensemble (3 credits; graduate)

    Non-Performing Participants:

    • MPAJZ.UE.1605 Music In Contemporary World Cultures: Steel Drum in Trinidad and Tobago (3 credits; undergradaute)

    Offered through the Department of Music Performing Arts Professions



    Jonathan Haas, Director of the NYU Steinhardt Program in Percussion Studies



    Students will stay in a safe and comfortable hotel in the heart of Trinidad, arranged by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs. Accommodations are included in the program fees.

    Group accommodations begin on January 3 and end the morning of January 16.


      2012 Graduate Tuition: $1315 per point plus registration and services fees. For graduate students, this course counts toward Spring 2012 courseload and tuition.

      If an undergraduate participant enrolls in an undergraduate course number, his/her tuition will reflect the current undergraduate cost per point. 2012 Undergraduate Tuition: $1159 per point plus registration and services fees. For undergraduate stduents, this course countrs toward Winter 2012 courseload and tuition.

      2012 Housing Fee: TBD

      2012 Activity Fee: TBD

      Flight, Travel and Visa Information

      Passport Requirements - All students will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Trinidad/Tobago. However, it is strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. Most destinations, including Trinidad/Tobago, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in the Visas section of your passport before any international travel.

      Visa Requirements – A visa is not required for US Citizens for a stay of up to 90 days for tourist purposes.

      Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

      For More Information


      Academic Content: Jonathan Haas, Director of the NYU Steinhardt Program in Percussion Studies, 35 West 4th Street, Suite 777G, New York, NY. 10012 Phone: (212) 992-9466 Email:

      Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003-6680; (212) 992-9380; 

      Nexus Leaves Listeners "Breathless" in Syracuse

      Submitted by Hari Savitala on 3/6/2011 2:36:49 PM   Last updated by Hari Savitala on 3/6/2011 3:13:02 PM
      Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger, Garry Kvistad with Ryan Scott

      (L. to R. - Bill Cahn, Garry Kvistad, Maestro Akiyama, Bob Becker, Russell Hartenberger, Ryan Scott)
      February 25 to 27, 2011

      Since the 1990 premiere of “From me flows what you call Time,” composed for NEXUS by Toru Takemitsu, the group has performed this milestone work with orchestras all over the world (Boston, Chicago, Hannover, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Schleswig-Holstein, Stavanger, Tokyo, Toronto, and many others).

      As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of NEXUS and the 80th anniversary of Takemitsu’s birth, NEXUS gave three performances of “From me flows what you call Time” with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama. The February 25 and 26 concerts were at the Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse, New York, and the February 27 concert was at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Also performed by NEXUS on the program was Steve Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood."

      In the February 26 issue of the Syracuse Post Standard the reviewers reported:

          “NEXUS . . . spun us into breathlessness” 
          “Every discrete element . . . coalesced into a unified, sensuous musical experience.”
          “This is a terrific ensemble, world class musicians.”



      For more information, contact: NEXUS
      c/o Peggy Feltmate, 44 Normandy Blvd., Toronto, ON M4L 3K2 Canada.

      Tel./Fax: 416-699-9818    Website:

      Bill Cahn in Japan!

      Submitted by Andrew Beall on 12/21/2010 11:40:51 AM   Last updated by Andrew Beall on 12/21/2010 11:51:48 AM
      Dear PAS New York,

      Warm greetings from all of us at the New York Office of Percussive Arts Society!  Congratulations to Robert Bridge, our newest member of Office, serving the Central New York area.  Rob has been hosting "Day's of Percussion" at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse for years, and we welcome him aboard!

      All our best!

      PAS NY Officers