MASON SUMMER PERCUSSION ACADEMY
Part of Summer Music Intensive Week
Join the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band Percussionist Jonathan Bisesi for a week of exciting clinics, master classes, and percussion ensemble coached by Mason Percussion faculty and special visiting artist Dinesh Joseph, percussionist/assistant timpani with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Master class topics include solo marimba, timpani, snare drum, orchestral percussion, world percussion, drum set, steel drums, accessory instruments, career development, college audition prep, mallet wrapping/maintenance and much more! All participants will perform in the workshop percussion ensemble final concert, as well as ample performance opportunities during the week.
Ages: 13 – 18 years
Dates: July 31 – Aug 4, 2017
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Tuition: $425 (optional room & board add $640 – see below)
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
Aftercare is available until 6:00 pm for $90/week for commuter students.
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SUMMER RESIDENTIAL OPTION
Students have the option to stay in on-campus housing and experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities included, while gaining new friendships with other like-minded artistic students. Added cost = $640
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To register, you MUST add both the instructional camp AND the Summer Residential program to your cart during checkout.
IMPORTANT: No refunds can be given for the Summer Residential option after April 1, 2017.
SUMMER 2017 FACULTY & GUEST ARTISTS: (subject to change)
Instructor: Jonathan Bisesi
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Other performance work through the Marine Band includes numerous chamber percussion performances, most notably at the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, Luzerne Music Center, University of Maryland Percussion Seminar, and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as countless master classes at universities and high schools across the nation. As a jazz performer he has been featured on vibraphone with the Marine Band Big Band, Latin Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and as a conductor, he has conducted the Marine Band, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles.
Mr. Bisesi received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, as a student of Allen Otte, founder of the Percussion Group Cincinnati. He then completed a Masters of Music degree at Boston University, as a student of Timothy Genis, Principal Timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a student, Mr. Bisesi was a fellow of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and The Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Upon completing his formal education, Mr. Bisesi was appointed to the Percussion Faculties at both Boston University and the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Mr. Bisesi was on Percussion Faculty at the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College from 2013-2016 and is currently on the Percussion Faculty at George Mason University School of Music, a position he has held since 2015.
As an active freelance musician, Mr. Bisesi has performed with The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Ballet, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestras, The New World Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, The Buffalo Philharmonic, and The International Festival Cervantino (The largest arts festival in Latin America) in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Instructor: John Kilkenny
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Recent commissions and premieres include multiple works by Alejandro Vinao, a collection of 32 duets for keyboard percussion by Nathan Daughtrey and Brett Dietz, ensemble works by Stephen Gorbos, Donald McCullough, Peter Erskine, Peter Klatzow, Victor Provost, Avner Dorman, John Luther Adams, and Nico Muhly. He as been privileged to share the stage with an array of artists, including Robert van Sice, She e Wu, John Tafoya, Chris Deviney, Jonathan Haas, clarinetist Chad burrow, cellists Joshua Roman and Tobias Werner, flautist Karen Johnson and pianists Garry Hammond, Carlos Rodriguez, Steven Beck and Eric Huebner.
A committed educator, John is Director of Percussion Studies and Assistant Director of Concert Bands at George Mason University. Under his leadership, “Mason Percussion” has become the leading university percussion program in the state of Virginia and a destination school for serious study of classical percussion. In 2011, John founded the Mason Percussion Group, an elite, audition based ensemble committed to commissioning and performing major works for percussion chamber music. Recent and upcoming highlights include collaborations with the Mason School of Dance, two feature performances the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (New Literature Showcase and Focus Day performance) the 2016 New York State Music Educators Conference, the 2014 Virginia Music Educators Conference, the 2011 Western International Band Conference, 2012 College Music Society Mid Atlantic Conference, the Sitar Arts Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Students from the program regularly appear at summer festivals (Aspen, Eastern, Sewanee, Hot Springs, Texas), world class DCI drum corps (The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, Raiders) and participate actively in the artistic community of Washington DC.
John is founder and faculty advisor for the George Mason University’s International Teaching Scholars: Costa Rica The International Teaching Scholars (ITS) Costa Rica program is comprised of two key elements – community outreaching an performance. Students selected for participation have the opportunity to perform, teach and connect with their peers at the National Conservatory and in the SiNEM (System for National Music Education) programs in and around San Jose, Costa Rica. The ITS program also allows Mason students to learn real world entrepreneurial skills, participating fully in the conception, planning and implementation of a two week international tour. The program also presents participating students with the opportunity to see first hand how music education can build community, contribute to society and transform lives.
During the Summer months, John is Artist-Faculty of the internationally acclaimed Sewanee Summer Music Festival, where he teaches a select number of private students, coaches chamber music and performs with his faculty colleagues. He is deeply involved in the Music for All organization – first connecting with MFA as an ensemble director in 2003. For the past several years, he has served on the panel for the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival and as a faculty member for the MFA Summer Symposium. He was founder and co-director of the University of Maryland Summer Percussion Workshop (2005-2007) and the Indiana University Percussion Academy (2008-2010). Since 2013 he has been the percussion advisor for the Northern Virginia Youth Winds. He is in demand as a guest conductor at regional and state music festivals and as a clinician for numerous colleges and universities across the country.
John studied conducting with Anthony Maiello and began early percussion training with Jonathan Haas and William RIchards. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Greg Zuber and Daniel Druckman. He completed a Masters Degree at Temple University, where he studied with legendary percussionist Alan Abel. He is sponsored by Vic Firth Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Percussion products and is a proud Yamaha Performing Artist.
Instructor: Tom Teasley
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Instructor: Victor Provost
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Born and raised on the island of St. John, Provost was first exposed to the steel pan at age 11, through Steel Unlimited II Youth Steel Orchestra, under the leadership of pan pioneer, Rudy Wells. It was with this group of extraordinary young musicians that Provost first cut his teeth on the world stage, traveling throughout the U.S., France, Switzerland, Denmark, and Germany. The Orchestra eventually disbanded, but the experience planted the seed that prepared him to continue learning through several sessions with Wells and, in 2007, an intense year-long study with legendary Jazz Guru Charlie Banacos.
In 1998, Provost became the first steel pan soloist to be featured at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. The experience boosted both his confidence in the craft and his musical concept. Since his move to the United States in 1999, Provost has had recorded, toured, and performed with several award-winning groups (including the GRAMMY Award-winning Afro Bop Alliance) and renowned artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Hugh Masakela, Nicolas Payton, Allison Hinds, Andy Narell, Terell Stafford, and Ron Blake, to name a few.
Along with a demanding performance schedule, Provost teaches private lessons, directs the George Mason University Steel Ensemble, and works with the Cultural Academy For Excellence, one of the premier steel pan music education programs in the eastern U.S.
Guest Artist: Dinesh Joseph, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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Director: Jonathan Bisesi
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