The McMaster University Percussion Ensemble

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Auditions to be held on Sept 4th and 6th, 2018 


Auditions will take place in the new percussion studio in Wilson Hall – sign up for a time using the link below and read the following information carefully.

This year will mark a major change for the ensemble, as we will be rehearsing and performing in the brand new Wilson Concert Hall!  Our program will feature a variety of music from around the world, including African inspired dance, transcriptions of classic works, and new literature for percussion ensemble.  

Watch this brief video to see excerpts from past concerts, learn about the director’s vision for the group, and meet some of our members you could be playing with during our next season!

Sign up for auditions using online registration tool.  If you have questions about preparing an audition, please contact Dr. Schutz immediately at  If possible, bring short etude or excerpts of solos/band music/etc demonstrating proficiency on either snare drum, keyboard, or timpani. Alternatively, you can play some scales and/or do sight-reading.

We welcome percussionists with a variety of backgrounds interested in musical growth. First year piano students interested in gaining ensemble credits should contact Dr. Schutz ahead of time for assistance with audition preparation.

The ensemble rehearses every Tuesday evening from 5:45 to 8:45 (members are required to arrive by 5:30 to set up percussion equipment).  Our tentative Concert dates will be Tuesday Dec 4 for the Fall term, and April 2 for the Winter term.  Students must be available for these dates in order to participate in the group.  Note that our mandatory dress rehearsals for concerts will take place on either the Monday afternoon/evening preceding the concert (Dec 3/ April 1), or during the day of the concerts.  As this is only our second year using the new concert hall, we will need to be flexible as we figure out the best way to allocate time in the concert space.

All students should read McMaster University Percussion Ensemble Policies (2018-19)and review the Percussion Ensemble Information Sheet (18-19)  You can either complete electronically and print, or fill out by hand prior to starting your audition.

Additional information: The ensemble is open to anyone with a background in percussion (regardless of degree program) with permission of the direction. Although the exact repertoire will depend upon a number of factors, our program will likely include a selection of contemporary pieces for percussion ensemble, transcriptions of well-known compositions, solo features, and various classic works. This year-long course (1GP3, 2GP3, 3GP3, 4GP3) will rehearse Tuesday evenings 5:45-8:45.  Students in the ensemble should be enrolled for credit.