Thank you for your interest in the 3rd Annual Emory Percussion Symposium. We’re looking forward to another world-class event, which this year will take place over two days to allow time for more (and more in-depth) classes with our fantastic artists, who promise to educate, stimulate, inspire, and entertain. A tentative schedule of events is below, occurring on Friday June 8 (6:00 pm-9:30 pm) and Saturday June 9 (9:00 am-5:30 pm) at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

This year, we’re offering the exciting option of group-discounted tickets/parking for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday June 9 8:00 pm performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s percussion-intensive classic, Scheherazade (featuring three of our artists).

We’re also excited to announce that ANDRES FORERO, drummer for Broadway’s Hamilton, will be the featured guest artist for the 2019 EPS, to be held on March 23-24. The multi-talented Mr. Forero will give a 1.5-hour drum set clinic (featuring music from Hamilton) and will perform several works for drum set and Percussion Ensemble on the Evening Concert. This promises to be a very popular event, so as a special offer to our returning students and professionals, we’re delighted to offer $15 off next year’s EPS to anyone who attends this year’s EPS!

2018 Registration Fees: Single = $95 (by 5/31), $105 (after 5/31); Groups of 5+ from one school = $75 per student

Registration Includes

  • Outstanding clinics and the Friday Evening Concert (featuring our guest artists)
  • Emory Percussion Symposium T-Shirt (featuring our cool logo)
  • Lunch
  • Vendor exhibits, including Zildjian, Vic Firth, Majestic/Mapex, Percussive Arts Society, Dragonfly Percussion, Bachovich Music, and C-Alan Publications
  • Automatic entry into drawings for a new Majestic Prophonic Concert Snare Drum, a Zildjian crash cymbal, a Vic Firth leather concert keyboard bag, various Vic Firth sticks and mallets, framed artist-signed posters, 4 one-year memberships to PAS, and more. The # of raffle tickets you get is equal to the number of weeks before the event you register, so register early!
  • Chances to chat with elite performers and educators throughout the day
  • Opportunities to perform for some of the classes. (Please email Prof. Scott Pollard ASAP if you’d like to perform, and include your age, school, private instructor’s name and email).

 Optional Fee: $18 for single ticket/parking to attend the 6/9 ASO performance of Scheherazade (a $42 value)

Register here now!

Please note: You will be required to enter an email address and create a password to log in to the IRIS system, which powers the symposium registration page. Your information will not be shared, and you will only receive emails directly related to the symposium.



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Tentative Schedule

Friday June 8

5:30 – Registration and t-shirts

6:00 pm – arx duo (Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga) – Collaborative Composition Class (featuring Table Talk by Alyssa Weinberg)

7:00 – dinner (on your own)

8:00 pm – Evening Concert, featuring the arx duo (percussion), the Petrasek Duo (percussion and flute), and Water by Alejandro Vinao

Saturday June 9

10:00 – arx duo – Percussion Ensemble clinic – Woodland HS (The Fairy Garden – Maurice Ravel, arr. Luis Rivera) 

11:00 – Scott Pollard (Professor, Emory U.) Tambourine Clinic and Rhythm Game

12:00 – arx duo – Percussion Ensemble clinic – Valdosta State U. (Trio Per Uno – Nebojsa Zivkovic)

1:00 – Lunch (provided), Raffle, and Exhibits

2:00 – Joe Petrasek (Principal Percussion, ASO) – Orchestral Keyboard Clinic – student performers needed!

3:00 – Dr. Tim Feeney (Professor, U. of Alabama) – Improvisation is Free (featuring a group sound exploration) – student performers needed!

4:00 – Break and Exhibits

4:30 – Mark Yancich (Principal Timpani, ASO; Professor, Emory U.) – Timpani Clinic – student performers needed!

5:30 – Dinner (on your own)

8:00 – Group Outing (optional) to ASO’s Scheherazade performance (Yancich, Petrasek, Pollard performing)