New Music concerts . . .

We have two more New Music Series concerts this fall, please go HERE to learn more.  The one this coming week will include some amazing student performances and then the one in late November is dedicated to Dr. Jeffrey Kresky, who has taught theory and composition at WP for over 40 years.  Dr. Kresky has been a major supporter of the New Music Series for a long time and we are glad to honor his contributions to the WP community.

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Gene Koshinski

We had a fabulous clinic by Gene Koshinski this past week.  Thanks, Gene, for sharing your amazing music with us!

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WP Concert Percussion Boot Camp

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This event is totally free and open to all students, directors, and percussion lovers.  The focus is on making YOUR percussion section sound better.  We encourage you to bring your entire section and make a day out of it.  Topics include:

-Working with the conductor
-practicing effectively
-basic techniques on all the major instruments
-sight reading skills
-and much more

There will be raffle prizes, performances, and a lot of the teaching is active and interactive.  Please let Dr. MacDonald know right away if you’re interested!  Seating is limited!  macdonaldp@wpunj.edu

WP Perc boot camp 2017

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Busy days . . . so many concerts

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So many concerts!  Collage, New Music, Midday Series, and on and on.  Late night rehearsals, early morning rehearsals, these are busy days, but the percussionists are digging in and playing very well.

 

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Lots happening spring 2017

This is going to be a busy semester with appearances at two percussion festivals and the NAfME symposium in Atlantic City.  We’ve also got at least 5 New Music concerts this spring, all of which are percussion heavy.  Check out our schedule page for more information.

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Great semester!

We had a great Fall 2016 semester here at WP.  Lots of exciting concerts, including our premiere of Gene Pritsker’s amazing “Forced Bravery” for 10 drum sets. Yes, 10 drum sets!

We had a lot of early-morning rehearsals, late-night sectionals, and hours and hours of personal practice.  It’s that kind of dedication that makes WP such a special place.  As always, I’m very proud of my students, who work hard day in and day out, and are also wonderful people.

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New Promotional video

We have a new promotional video in the WP percussion area.  Enjoy!

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Great Concert with Glen Velez

The concert with Glen Velez was a tremendous success on many levels.  Here’s a photo of the whole crew in one place:

WP Percussion & Glen Velez

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Glen Velez!

We are honored to be hosting the four-time Grammy winner Glen Velez here at WP.  He is performing with us tonight on February 22, and also conducting a masterclass.  Amazing opportunity for our students!

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Great semester

We’re wrapping up a great semester.  Last night we had yet another amazing New Music Series concert that included some classic percussion ensemble literature and improvised music created in the moment.

Our next big event (and final one for the semester) is our WP Collage concert on Friday, December 4.  This features the WP percussion ensemble, as well as the wind ensemble, choir, jazz bands, and a variety of chamber ensembles.   Go HERE for more information.  Ticket sales will go to support scholarship funds for WP students.  Please come and please bring friends!

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