SANDBOX PERCUSSION SEMINAR
June 12–20, 2024
ABOUT THE SUMMER SEMINAR
In this intensive experience, participants will learn, rehearse, and perform alongside Sandbox Percussion through daily rehearsals, coachings, and workshops. Participants will be divided into multiple chamber groups, each consisting of one member of Sandbox Percussion and 2-4 participants. These groups rehearse a concentrated selection of repertoire for several hours each day – vigorously studying and learning the music more deeply than ever before. Each chamber group presents their repertoire in a culminating marathon public performance on Tuesday, June 18th.
Participants will also attend evening master classes and lectures with Sandbox Percussion and guest artists to learn about both the creative and administrative aspects of running a successful chamber music ensemble.
We are also excited to announce that this year, all Seminar participants will participate in Biophony on Thursday, June 20th – a special sunrise-to-sunset festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s iconic 52-acre site – thanks to a special collaboration with Metropolis Ensemble.
CHAMBER MUSIC INTENSIVE
New to 2024, the Seminar will feature a concurrent Chamber Music Intensive (CMI) for advanced participants. This program is specifically designed for those seeking an immersive chamber music experience that simulates the experience of having your own chamber music group comprised of your peers. These participants will be placed in an independent group and assigned selections from Sandbox Percussion’s repertoire. They will receive intensive daily coaching from all four members of Sandbox Percussion and a daily “sit-in” session, where one or two members of Sandbox will join in to play and rehearse with the group.
Participants in the CMI will also attend all guest and Sandbox Percussion master classes and performance classes and perform in the final Seminar concert and at Biophony.
Applicants may indicate their interest for consideration on the standard application form, and pre-existing chamber groups may apply. Individual applicants accepted into the Chamber Music Intensive will be assigned to a new ensemble.
If applying as a pre-existing chamber ensemble, each individual member must complete an application form by either deadline.
Open to participants of all ages.
We are delighted to offer an Observation Pass for the Summer Seminar, open to everyone of all ages – from students to hobbyists to professionals. Observation Pass participants will be able to observe all performance classes, Sandbox Percussion masterclasses, and guest artist seminars. They will also be given priority seating at the final Seminar concert on June 18th, as well as access to the Biophony marathon on June 20th.
Please complete the Observation Pass interest form here. Once reviewed, follow up information will be provided to complete registration.
Housing is available for observation pass participants who are at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2024.
Observation Pass interest forms are due no later than May 15, 2024.
TUITION AND HOUSING
Cost of attendance is $1,245 + $40 TNS registration fee for the entire program and includes all rehearsals, master classes, lectures, and performances, as well as travel to/from and participation in Biophony.
Cost of the Observation Pass is $300 + $40 TNS registration fee and includes access to the Performance Classes, Guest Seminars, priority seating at the Seminar concert, and access to Biophony.
Housing is also available to Seminar and Observation Pass participants ages 16 and older at an additional cost; you may indicate your interest in housing on the application form. Housing information will be provided in the upcoming months.
SEMINAR APPLICATION PROCESS
Please note that students must be at least 16 years of age by June 1, 2024 in order to participate in the Summer Seminar.
- February 16, 2024 / Early Decision
- April 3, 2024 / Regular Decision
All students must submit an application below and will be required to provide the following:
- Written OR selfie-style video response (approximately 250 words OR a 1-minute video) explaining why you want to come to the Sandbox Percussion Seminar and/or the Chamber Music Intensive, what you are hoping to learn, and what you are hoping to share.
- Two links to recordings (preferably video) of yourself playing:
- One solo on a mallet instrument
- One contrasting piece of your choice, on an instrument of your choice
Applicants who would like to be considered for the Chamber Music Intensive will additionally be asked to provide the following:
- PRE-EXISTING ENSEMBLES: A list of all group members (NB: each member must submit an application form), as well as any additional information you would like to share about your group.