The McMaster University Percussion Ensemble

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Register your interest in Percussion @ McMaster for 2021-22

Although the Fall of 2021 brings uncertainty, we are currently planning for in-person Percussion Ensemble rehearsals beginning in September!

Note: Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, we have not finalized audition procedures for Fall 2021.  Therefore please fill out the linked form to register your interest.

The Percussion Ensemble features a variety of music from around the world, including African inspired dance, transcriptions of classic works, and new literature for percussion.  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.

Watch this brief video to see excerpts from past concerts and learn about the director’s vision for the group!

The ensemble typically rehearses every Tuesday evening from 5:45 to 8:45, with members required to arrive by 5:30 to set up percussion equipment. We anticipate using this as our primary time for rehearsals this year.

If you have ensemble-specific questions please contact Dr. Schutz at  For audition related questions, please contact his assistant at

Additional information:  This year-long course (1GP3, 2GP3, 3GP3, 4GP3) carries 3 units of academic credit.  Students are strongly encouraged (although not required) to enrol to receive academic recognition for their work.