"I can honestly say that I have never learned as much as I did this week. All the masterclasses and recitals and rehearsals were simply incredible opportunities that really enabled me to grow as a player and as a musician. For that, I am forever grateful. The audition advice was thorough and concise and I know at least from me greatly appreciated. After my experience I am much more confident and excited to audition next year."
"I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful playing opportunity you gave me at the IU Percussion Academy. I had such a great time and I learned more about music in one week than ever before!"
"I learned so much from every class we went to each day, and it was so nice to realize that every staff member (faculty, guest artists, counselors) genuinely cared about each one of us, both as a person and a musician. The guest artists and evening concerts were a great addition to the week, and the classes you each taught were so beneficial. I can tell that you all really love what you do, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to get a feel for the percussion program at IU."
"Thanks for a great week! All the faculty and IU students were incredible and inspiring."
Visiting Faculty Comments
"I had a great time hanging with the faculty and students of the IU percussion academy. It's great to be involved with a program that so apparently cares about providing its students with a full range of information on all facets of percussion."
Acclaimed Drum Set Artist and Educator
"The IU Summer Percussion Academy offers a really broad and deep percussive educational experience with a top-notch artist faculty. I really enjoyed being part of it. It's always gratifying when the students are so interested and motivated that they are firing questions at you right up until you have to leave for the airport!"
Leigh Howard Stevens
World renowned Marimba Virtuoso
"The IU Percussion Workshop is a "must-do" event for any serious percussionist considering a career in music!"
Principal Percussion, Philadelphia Orchestra
Faculty, The Curtis Institute of Music
"I had a great time at the workshop and was particularly impressed with the caliber of the participants. It was nice to be a part of something so comprehensive where the students were being exposed to all facets of percussion in a practical, hands on environment."
Acclaimed drum set artist
"I was very happy to give a marimba master class and solo recital at the 2008 Summer Percussion Workshop. It my first trip to Indiana University, and I found the students to be excellent in every respect. They were attentive, respectful, and there were lots of great questions generated. The discussions were lively and beneficial, I believe. The recital was a true pleasure for me to perform. The performance hall was really great to play in, and the audience was most appreciative. So thanks to the great staff at IU, and especially to John Tafoya, Steve Houghton, and Kevin Bobo. I would highly recommend the 2009 edition of this workshop to any percussionist."
World-renowned Marimba Artist
Faculty, Ithaca College
"The IU summer percussion workshop is a priceless experience for student percussionists! Both the classes and playing experience with top notch professionals are a unique and invaluable experience. I highly recommend this experience for any percussionist in training."
Director of Education and Orchestral Activities
Avedis Zildjian Company