E blast October 2017
Dear chapter members,
PASIC 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana is less than two weeks away! Another great line up of artists, concerts, and sessions.
November 8-11, https://pasic.org/
We have some amazing fall percussion concerts happening throughout the state. Hope you will attend and support these programs in your area:
SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY
Tuesday, October 31
7:30pm, Swope Recital Hall
SRU Percussion Ensemble - Kimberly Glover
SRU World Percussion Ensemble - Dr. David Glover
Fall Showcase Concert: NIGHTSCAPES
Saturday, November 4
7:30pm, Palmer Hall
featuring the music of Adam Silverman, Evan Chapman, David Hall, Blake Tyson, Henry Cowell, Tobias Bröstrom, Elliot Cole, and Paul Halley.
Monday, November 6
7:30pm, Temple Performing Arts Center
featuring a performance of George Antheil’s “Ballet Mecanique”
WORLD PERCUSSION CONCERT
Thursday, November 16
7:30pm, Winter Center
featuring West African Drum and Dance, MU Caribe, MUPE and MU STEEL
$10 general admission, free with student ID
FALL PERCUSSION EXTRAVAGANZA
Sunday, November 19
7:30pm, Winter Center
featuring Millersville University Percussion Ensemble and guest Messiah College Percussion Ensemble. Special appearance by MU STEEL.
For information visit: http://www.millersville.edu/music/music_events.php
Please send us your performance dates for 2017-18.
** SAVE THESE SPRING DATES **
2018 Pennsylvania PAS Day of Percussion
Saturday, April 21 at Millersville University (James Armstrong, host)
Guest artists and schedule to be announced soon! Do take a moment to check out the video from our Day of Percussion at Millersville University this past spring.
Percussion Ensemble Festival
Saturday, April 28 at Messiah College (Dr. Erik Forst, host)
This symposium will include the participation of several scholastic concert percussion ensembles and will feature several clinics throughout the day. Ensembles will have the chance to perform a 20-25 minute concert on stage in beautiful Parmer Hall, receive feedback and a coaching from one of our world-renowned clinicians, and receive a high-quality recording of both their performance and coaching session. No scores or ratings will be given, only educational feedback! This year, our clinicians will include Michael Burritt from the Eastman School of Music and Kevin Bobo from Indiana University.
For information contact Dr. Erik Forst: email@example.com
A note from our current student delegate:
Are you attending PASIC?? If members of any Pennsylvania percussion studios will be going, let me know so we can meet up! We have a few percussionists going from Millersville University and it would be awesome to grab some food or something with other members of the PA chapter. Email me and I will put some meeting time possibilities together! firstname.lastname@example.org
and for all thing PASIC: https://pasic.org/
Student Delegates: I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity!! It's not a huge commitment and it's a great way to network, share your ideas, and be involved with our premier professional organization as percussionists. Contact me with any questions you may have!!
We have some exciting stuff in the works for the chapter, and of course, be on the lookout for announcements about our Day of Percussion in the Spring - Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Visit the Pennsylvania PAS website: http://community.pas.org/pennsylvania/home
and on Facebook:www.facebook.com/pennsylvania.pas/
PAS Student Delegate, Pennsylvania Chapter
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All the best to you as we start this new academic year! Hope to see you at PASIC!
Pennsylvania PAS Chapter President
The West Chester University Percussion Ensemble proudly features guest soloist Cynthia Yeh on our April 18, 2017 concert (Swope Music Building, Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, 8:15pm). Cynthia Yeh (Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) will perform David Gillingham's Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Orchestra. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert will also be live streamed (free of charge) at https://livestream.com/wcupa/percussion-apr2017
Hope all of you are having a great holiday and HAPPY NEW YEAR to each of you!! Below is the PAS President report from Julie Hill. Enjoy and see you soon!
PAS President’s Report 2016
As President of the Percussive Arts Society it is my privilege to represent our organization to the public and document the activities of the Board of Directors for this annual report to the Board of Advisors and other divisions of our PAS leadership team. This will be my final report as president of this amazing brother- and sisterhood to which I have belonged for 27 years. It has been an honor to serve as your president. I thank you for this opportunity of a lifetime. Over the past two years we have completed the lengthy process of restructuring the entire leadership and governance model. We have also hired an executive director who will most assuredly be a game changer for PAS. I believe our society today is stronger than ever and I leave this position knowing that already we have in place the infrastructure, leadership team, passion, and vision to move forward with the integrity and alacrity necessary to meet our mission like never before. Please allow me to present some of the PAS highlights from 2016.
Commitment to the Future
In today’s volatile global dynamics, PAS must evolve and change. We have always been forward- thinking, especially with regard to our offerings at PASIC and our committee structure. However, in 2016, we began steps toward forward thinking and inclusivity in the following ways:
· Next Generation of Leadership
o This year we hosted an Emerging Leaders Session. This was not simply about young leadership, but rather inclusive leadership. The Executive Committee reached out to many of our past presidents and renowned pedagogues to ask for their guidance in identifying up-and-coming leaders, as well as those who had not been engaged with PAS for many years or perhaps had never been encouraged to seek a leadership role. This year we formed a database of those who attended the Emerging Leaders Meeting or couldn’t attend but indicated a desire to be included in future correspondence. We now have 79 dedicated PAS members as part of this group, and the Executive Committee plans to foster ongoing dialogue and engagement with them on a variety of issues. If you know of someone who wasn’t invited and should be included, please reach out to me or incoming president Brian Zator and we will add them to the list.
o This year we hosted the first PAS Student Drum Break. This was a town hall meeting open to students of any age and geared more toward middle and high school students—our youngest attendee was a seventh grader from Nashville--to ensure that we are aware of their needs and concerns. It was really great to see active participation from our future performers, educators, and leaders!
· Diversity in the Percussive Arts
o As a young woman growing up in a profession dominated by white males, it struck me as imperative to advocate for diversity in the percussive arts. PAS has always been forward thinking in regard to the music, its genres, the various fields of percussion, and the variety to needs we address, but our society does not reflect diversity in membership, leadership, or PASIC participation. PAS is slowly becoming more diverse, but true diversity, of course, is not only about gender. The members of the Executive Committee recognized that the situation demanded direct action and devoted a good deal of energy toward promoting diversity in PAS. Indeed, if we are truly an inclusive society that serves all percussionists and drummers throughout the world as our mission statement attests, we must be committed to real diversity. As a result, this year, as president, I created the ad-hoc PAS Diversity Committee. Its first meeting at PASIC drew more than 30 members, all of whom volunteered to serve. Sub groups will address many aspects of diversity, including race, gender, geography, marketing and branding, and socio economics, among other issues. I wish to thank Heather Sloan for agreeing to serve as the first chair of this committee and I am very excited to see what this group will bring to PAS. If you know someone who is passionate about diversity and would be a good addition to this group, please have them contact me or Heather Sloan at email@example.com
· A Truly International Organization
o International Chapters
§ While PAS is an international society, it is no secret that PASIC is currently only held in the United States and that the majority of our members are US citizens. Clearly, it is more expensive for international members to attend PASIC, meaning that very few student members of our international chapters can ever attend unless they have exceptional financial means. Furthermore, our international chapters remain smaller than our US chapters as they are faced with additional challenges of both geography and finances. We have so many outstanding international chapter presidents who are working hard to create opportunities for percussionists and drummers throughout their respective countries and not just the state or region in which they live. I can’t mention all of them or all of their activities in this limited space, but I wish to thank just a few of them for their energy and ongoing service to PAS: Ronni Kot Wenzell (Brazil), Josh Watkins (Trinidad), Jianpeng Feng and Shanlin Jiao (China), Margie Tong (Hong Kong), Kuen-Yean Hwang (Taiwan), Tim Palmer (United Kingdom), and Nikita Ponomarev (Russia). I’d also like to thank Adam Mason (Chair, International Committee) and Brian Zator (President-Elect), who have been instrumental in the formation of many new international chapters over the past two years.
o PASIC International Scholarship
§ In an effort to help passionate young drummers and percussionists throughout the world attend PASIC, this year we introduced a new PASIC International Scholarship. I wish to thank the ten PAS members who donated to this scholarship, especially Michael Gould, who partnered in every aspect of the scholarship’s development, from funding to the application and selection process. The original goal was to bring two students from the same location (for non-English speakers, coming to the US alone can be quite intimidating), but for 2016 we only raised the funds to sponsor one student. If you are passionate about international education, please contact me about donating for 2017. We hope that someday this will be an endowment that funds a minimum of two international scholarships each year. To see more about this year’s recipient, João Carlos Oliveira da Silva , please visit https://pasic.org/international-scholarship-winner/. João is a wonderful musician and a lovely human being. After speaking to him numerous times, I know this experience has changed his life forever, but we could help so many others with support from more of our members. Please consider helping in 2017 if you can.
This year’s PASIC proved to be as action-packed and educational as ever. Thanks to all who presented and attended this year. You made PASIC 16 one of our most exciting conventions ever.
o More than 5300 people.
o More than 100 exhibitors – THANK YOU Corporate Sponsors!!!!!!
§ A Return of the Late Night Hangs
o Normally when writing reports, I try to stick with the pronoun “we” more than “I”, as we are a team, but for this item, I am particularly pleased, as I have been trying to bring these back for six years! This year, “WE” finally did it! Many thanks to Jim Rupp for hosting the Late Night Jazz Hang and Lalo Davila for hosting the Late Night Latin Hang. Also thanks to PAS Past President Steve Houghton for his work on coordinating a stellar IU faculty house band. A final thanks to the PAS Board of Directors and Executive Director Joshua Simonds for running with something that wasn’t in the budget! My hope is that the Late Night Hangs are here to stay! We heard nothing but positive feedback from those in attendance.
§ PASIC 16 Videos
o If you weren’t at PASIC or were and didn’t catch some of the concerts in Sagamore and Wabash, we are working to get all PASIC 2016 videos up on the PAS website. More are coming all the time; you can find these at http://www.pas.org - “Resources” – “Video Library” or clink HERE for the direct link. Many thanks to Dan Ainspan in the PAS office for his ongoing work on these videos!
§ PASIC 16 Surveys
If you haven’t taken the Post Pasic Survey that went out a few weeks ago, please do so soon. So far the feedback from PASIC 2016 has been overwhelmingly positive. We want to hear from you and receive your suggestions. Thanks to so many of you who have already submitted the surveys!
§ PASIC 17 Applications
o PASIC 2017 artist app – Deadline January 15, 2017
§ PASIC 17 Contests and Competitions
o Solo Artist Competition, Composition Contests, International Percussion Ensemble Competition, World Percussion Ensemble Competition, and more Apply Here
Year-Round PAS Opportunities/Offerings
This year PAS continued to add more opportunities for students and members of all ages.
§ Group Memberships
o You have been asking for group memberships for years and now we ask that you take advantage of these if you serve students between 6th and 12th grades. Please tell your friends and help spread the word!
§ International Chapters
· With the new membership model, please don’t panic. We have this as a high priority for our upcoming January summit and will come up with a membership solution will benefit you, not hurt you. You have our word on that.
I still find that some of our members don’t know about our FREE and all digital PAS publication. Please make sure your students, contacts, and networks know about Rhythm Scene! Read the December issue with great PASIC 16 Highlights and more HERE
PAS Website Resources
Yes, we know the website still needs an extreme makeover, but we have done some work and ask you check out a few items, particularly under the “Resources” tab.
The all new Drumset Essential Listening and Spotify Playlist is just one of the new items recently added. Thanks to Eric Hughes and the Drumset Committee for their hard work on this. You can download or follow this list on Spotify, as I do. This is a great resource teaching drumset.
#NowPlaying Essential Listening for Drumset (v1.0, November 2016) - PAS Drumset Committee by percussivearts
o Please continue to tell your students about our PAS Scholarships. It’s free money and students seem to like that! We continue to add more of these each year. Search and apply HERE
What is Asked of You?
As always, we need your assistance in spreading the news and actively participating in new and ongoing initiatives. Please consider following through on the items below
§ Library Subscriptions
o Please consider speaking to the librarian at your institution and requesting this!
§ Library subscriptions remain at the $250 level, but now there are MORE offerings included. Now, with each subscription, online access to the PAS publications and 50 year history are included!
· Please put your librarian in touch with Marianella Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org for any technical or specification questions
o PAS and R!DC annual end of the year campaign will go through December 31. If you have benefited from a PAS education, performance, or research initiative, a year end donation can help you #PayItForward Donate HERE
§ Amazon Smile
o Please choose PAS as your Amazon charity of choice if you haven’t done so already. Then, a small percentage of each of your purchases will go to help PAS.
§ Go to www.amazonsmile.com and choose Percussive Arts Society as your charity. You only need to do this once.
o Subscribe to the PAS YouTube Channel
§ PAS Signature
o If you haven’t already added PAS to your professional signature, please consider doing so now. It’s fast and easy and a great way to spread awareness about what we do at PAS. Just copy mine, paste, and edit as needed.
I thank you for your time in reading this 2016 update of the activities of the Percussive Arts Society. PAS is in great hands with Brian Zator as the incoming president, Joshua Simonds as executive director, and the rest of the PAS Executive Committee (Chris Hanning – president-elect, George Barrett – first vice president, Paul Buyer – 2nd vice president, and Mike Sammons – secretary). Many thanks also to our PAS Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and Council of Past Presidents. I also wish personally to thank the PAS Presidents who directly mentored and believed in me over the past six years: Steve Houghton, Lisa Rogers, and John Beck. Nothing spins on a dime in non-profit service and closure on any initiative is the continuation of years of hard work from numerous individuals and leadership teams. I’ll move into an advisory role for the next two years, but after that, rest assured that I will be as passionate as ever about the activities of the Percussive Arts Society and the people who are PAS. Why PAS? It’s about the people – Michael Balter.
President, Percussive Arts Society
Instructor of Percussion, Millersville University
President Pennsylvania PAS
EMAIL BLAST February 2016
Dear Chapter members,
As we move toward spring there are many exciting events in sight. Here are some performance highlights:
Pennsylvania PAS DAY OF PERCUSSION – Saturday, April 23
Featuring guest artists:
KEVIN BOBO, marimba virtuosity
LEVY LORENZO, electronics and percussion
MARK REILLY (Old Guard) and MARK BEECHER (Troublemakers), rudimental drumming
Plus performances by several High School and College Ensembles
AND, Friday, April 22 at Millersville University
“PAS Preview” Concert featuring the Millersville University Percussion Ensemble, MU Caribe, Lancaster Catholic High School Percussion Ensemble, and Manheim Township HS Percussion Ensemble.
MARCH 8 at TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
Phillip O’Banion Faculty Recital
7:30 pm in Rock Hall (1715 N. Broad) Chamber music faculty recital. Guests this year are Ivan Trevino, and Ricardo Morales, Amy Barston, Charles Abramovic for a world premiere by Adam Silverman.
Also, Tuesday, April 5 @ 7:30 pm in Temple Performing Arts Center (1823 N. Broad) - Steve Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians’. Temple University Percussion Ensemble with guests from Mobius Percussion and The Crossing.
March 15-18 at MESSIAH COLLEGE
Paschal Younge and AZAGUNO
AZAGUNO a colorful and vibrant multi-ethnic African drumming and dance ensemble, directed by Paschal Yao Younge and Zelma Badu-Younge, featuring more than 100 Messiah College students which focuses on the performance of traditional African, African-American, Caribbean and Latin American music and dance. Through the drum, the voice, the dance and other visual art forms and paraphernalia, Azaguno brings to the stage a unique African theatrical experience.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 6-8 p.m. African Drumming Clinic, Free and open to the public Calvin and Janet High Center, Parmer Hall
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 6-8 p.m. African Dance Clinic, Free and open to the public Climenhaga Building, Climenhaga Dance Studio
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 8 p.m. Concert in Parmer Hall
For more information visit: www.messiah.edu/tickets
SATURDAY, APRIL 2 at INDIANA UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA
“IUP PE Takes on Fisher” at 8pm, Fisher Auditorium, free
For live stream: www.iup.edu/music Select “Media” and link to our YouTube page
SUNDAY, APRIL 3 at MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY
Percussion Ensemble Showcase, 2:30pm, MU Winter Center
This annual showcase will feature performances by Millersville University Percussion Ensemble and the Lancaster All Star High School Percussion Ensemble.
DIRECTORS, Please forward your spring concert information, summer camp and graduate assistantship opportunities so we may post on the chapter website. Send all information to WebWizard STEVE GOSS at email@example.com
Looking for some new mallet ensembles? Vibist CHRISTOS RAFALIDES has just released some new material. Check it out at http://manhattanvibes.com/store.html
PASIC 2016 registration is now open!! And always, please do your part and spread the word about PAS and the many benefits of membership! http://www.pas.org
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If you have material you would like included in our periodic eblasts, please send information to Chapter President James Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy all the beginnings of spring!! More information will be coming soon!!
Pennsylvania PAS Chapter President
Instructor of Percussion, Millersville University