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Summer Percussion Academy

SHSU Summer Percussion Academy
John Lane, Director of Percussion Studies and Coordinator


2014 Academy Registration is now CLOSED.

June 15-18, 2014

The Sam Houston Percussion Academy is an immersive 4-day event featuring masterclasses, clinics, recitals, hands-on workshops, classes, and performances presented by internationally renowned percussionists and educators in a relaxed and encouraging environment. The Academy promises a comprehensive study of the percussionist's art that is both musically and intellectually stimulating, encompassing an array of activities and instruction.

Our faculty represents a diverse collection of the finest artists at work today in the world of percussion.

The high School Track will feature instruction on all percussion instruments including snare drum, percussion ensemble/chamber music, world percussion, drumset, marimba, timpani, and all orchestral accessories.

In addition to the above, the Collegiate Track will offer opportunities for the further development of contemporary repertoire, chamber music, and intensive studies in percussion history and literature; workshops on creativity, practice, and career development; and movement for musicians (Tai Chi and Eurhythmics).

Sam Houston State University has been providing outstanding summer opportunities for students for over seventy-five years and has given generations of students an exciting and positive experience.

The final performance, featuring both High School and Collegiate/Professional Track performers, will take place at 4:00pm on the last day of camp. The performances will take place in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Camp will conclude at the end of the performance.

Applicants in grades 9-12 are invited for the High School Track. Applicants over 18 are invited to apply for the Collegiate Track. Both offerings run concurrently.

High School Track (Grades 9-12)
$310 for Resident Attendees
$165 for Commuters

Collegiate/Professional Track (Adults over 18)
$500 for Resident
$250 for Commuters/Observers (non-participant)*

*Observers may attend the track sessions, but will not participate in the performances.



is an artist whose creative work and collaborations extend through percussion to poetry/spoken word and theater. As a performer, he has appeared on stages throughout the Americas, Australia, and Japan. Recent credits include performances with his percussion trio, PULSUS, at the Hokuto International Music Festival in Japan, an appearance as a featured concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Panama, and featured as an international guest artist at the Antarctica Music Festival at the Australian National University.

Commissioning new works and creating interdisciplinary collaborations are integral to John's work. Over the last few years, he has been connected with a number of composers including Peter Garland, Emiliano Pardo, Mara Helmuth, Christopher Deane, John Luther Adams, Kyle Gann, Michael Byron, Wen Hui Xie, Kazuaki Shiota and David Farrell. John has several on-going collaborations with writer Ann McCutchan, poet Todd Boss, percussionist Allen Otte, and has created original music for choreographer/dancer Hilary Bryan and granite sculptor Jesús Moroles.

Currently, John is the Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor of Percussion at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He taught previously at the University of Wyoming and held fellowships at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas.

He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University.

John is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is an Artist with Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals.


MATTHEW HOLM has presented many clinics and master classes throughout the United States as both a performer and educator. Holm is currently the adjunct percussion instructor at Sam Houston State University, where he directs the Bearkat Drumline and University Percussion Ensemble in addition to teaching applied lessons and the percussion methods courses. Matthew has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Americas. As a concert marimbist, he competed in the 2007 Belgium Universal Marimba Competition and recorded a CD entitled Velocities, containing a collection of contemporary marimba pieces and released on the POJ Productions label. Holm is also a strong advocate of new music and has performed with the Janus Percussion Duo, Penumbra Percussion Duo, Crossing 32nd Street, and the Arizona Contemporary New Music Ensemble (ACME).

From 2009-2013, Matthew served as the assistant band director and percussion specialist at Wylie East HS. From 2006-2009, Holm served as a faculty associate at Arizona State University where he was a director/arranger for the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band percussion section. As a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Matthew contributed to three world championships from 2000-2002. He has also worked with groups such as Rosemount High School (MN), Eastview High School (MN), Gilbert High School (AZ), and the Independent World Momentum Percussion Theater.

Matthew has served as both Vice President and President of the Arizona Percussive Arts Society and is currently a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. He received his MM from Arizona State, and his BM and BME from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Holm endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and Mallets, Mapex drums, and Majestic concert percussion instruments, including the new 5.0 octave professional series marimba.

serves as Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi State University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Connecticut.

An active performer, Jason is a member of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra (principal timpanist), Starkville Symphony Orchestra (principal percussionist), and the State Messengers faculty jazz combo. He has also performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Meridian (MS) Symphony Orchestra. Also a frequent solo performer and clinician, Jason has performed at five Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the College Music Society National and Southern Regional Conferences, Mississippi Bandmasters Association Convention, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and universities throughout the country.

Dr. Baker has been published in Percussive Notes, with solo compositions and ensemble arrangements published by Drop6, Tap Space Publications, and Living Sound Publications. His works have been featured at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Competition, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Jason’s book, “15 Progressive Snare Drum Solos: A Pedagogical Approach to Repertoire”, was published with Drop6 in 2010.  He has released two solo CDs, "The Noble Snare" (2005) and “Three Works for Solo Snare Drum” (2013). He also serves as a music and publications reviewer for Percussive Notes and is a member of the PAS College Pedagogy Committee.

Jason was a performing member with the Glassmen, Boston Crusaders and Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps and later served on the instructional staff of the Boston Crusaders. He is proud to be an artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Innovative Percussion, Remo drumheads, SABIAN cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, and is President of the Mississippi Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. 

Jason lives in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife, Kathy, and their two children. He recently received a Master of Business Administration degree from MSU, where he was also inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor fraternity.


Allen Otte
is Professor of Percussion at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he also teaches eurhythmics, various literature seminars, and coaches and conducts traditional and contemporary chamber music; he is also a regular summer faculty member at Oberlin College. He was co-founder of the Blackearth Percussion Group in 1972, and in 1979 founded Percussion Group Cincinnati who continue to concertize throughout North America, Europe, and in Asia. A large body of new and often experimental music has been created specifically for the Group throughout its history, and has included special relationships with John Cage, Herbert Brün, John Luther Adams, Mark Saya, and Qu Xiao-song. Otte’s work has also included many solo concerts and guest presentations, notably in Shanghai, Saarbrucken, at Tanglewood, Amsterdam, and recently throughout New Zealand with percussionist Bonnie Whiting. A CD of five collaborative works with computer music composer Mara Helmuth is available on EMS; Percussion Group Cincinnati is recorded on Mode (Cage, JL Adams) its own label, ars moderno.


Randy Gloss
, a percussionist whose background performing several modalities of hand drums, contemporary percussion, and drum set has led to his involvement in many innovative ensembles that fuse world music with new music and jazz. Most notable is Hands On’Semble, a percussion group devoted to the art of hand drumming. Winner of Drum! Magazine reader’s poll award for best percussion ensemble in 2003, 2002, and first runner up award in 2001.
Hands On’Semble has performed and lectured throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia at many of the world’s premier percussion and world music festivals, music schools and conservatories, and have collaborated with a wide array of highly esteemed percussionists including: Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Houman Pourmehdi, Adam Rudolph, Poovalur Sriji, Abbos Kosimov, Glen Velez, Brad Dutz, Jamey Haddad, Steve Shehan, Mark Nauseef, Pete Lockett, Ed Mann, Jerry Leake, Carlos Stasi and Guello.

Since the retirement of John Bergamo in 2003, Hands On’Semble has remained active as both a trio as well as through an ongoing series of collaborations with a highly select and distinctive group of international percussion masters. Together with these illustrious artists, Hands On’Semble works through a kaleidescope of rhythms, forms, and soundscapes exploring the multitude of commonalities bridging cultural and musical differences, creating an entirely new work for percussion consisting of both highly fixed compositions as well as open structures for extended improvisations by some of the finest improvising percussionists in the world. This project has thus far yeilded two CDs, several concerts and international tours, and is considered by many to be their most intriguing, provocative, and vital work to date..
In addition to Hands On’Semble, Randy Gloss has also been involved in numerous other projects fusing world music with new music and jazz. Randy has performed at festivals such as: International Oud festival of Jerusalem; PercPan, Ritmos de Terra, and the First International Music Festival of Belo Horizonte, and Encontro Internacional de Percussão in Brazil.
Randy teaches at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he has been on the percussion and world music faculty since 1999. Randy Gloss endorses Remo world percussion and drumheads, Paiste cymbals and gongs, and Cooperman frame drums.

He holds an MFA Multi-Focus Percussion, California Institute of The Arts, 1997. B.M. Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies, University of Bridgeport, 1993. Teachers have included: John Bergamo, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Houman Pourmehdi, Poovalur Sriji, Guello, Carlos Stasi, Alfred Ladzekpo, I Nyoman Wenten, Daniel Kennedy, Michael Lipsey, Arthur Lipner, David Johnson, Victor Rendon, Richard Hill, Warren Odze, Pete Abbott, Jim Mola, Buddy Ostapowitz, Edson Gianesi, Wadada Leo Smith, Larry Koonse, Brian Torff, Rajeev Taranath.


BONNIE WHITING performs and commissions new music for speaking percussionist. In addition to solo projects, she works regularly with percussion group red fish blue fish.  Recent projects include a series of performances at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington DC, and work as a soloist in Tan Dun's Water Passion under the baton of the composer himself. In 2011, she joined red fish blue fish in premiering the staged version of George Crumb’s Winds of Destinydirected by Peter Sellars and featuring Dawn Upshaw for Ojai Festival. Other notable group projects include collaborating with eighth blackbird (the “Tune-in” festival at the Park Avenue Armory), the International Contemporary Ensemble (American premiere of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers at Miller Theatre), and Bang on a Can (Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians for the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series.) Bonnie collaborates regularly with percussionist Allen Otte; they have presented concerts at The Stone in New York, throughout New Zealand, and at colleges and universities around the country. Her debut album, featuring an original solo-simultaneous realization of John Cage’s 45’ for a speaker and 27’10.554” for a percussionist, will be released by Mode Records in 2013.

A dedicated arts educator, Bonnie spent three years with Tales & Scales, a quartet combining new music, dance, and theater for family audiences, giving over 400 performances in 25 states and appearing with the Dallas, Oregon, Indianapolis, Buffalo, and Louisville orchestras. She also helped to develop several experimental music programs in Southern California: The Children’s Universal Language Orchestra in Spring Valley as well as residencies at the Monarch School (for children affected by homelessness) and the inner-city Lincoln High School in San Diego.

She was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez, and has performed throughout Europe as well as Canada and Panama. Bonnie has worked with composers Jerome Kitzke, Randall Woolf, John Luther Adams, Michael Pisaro, and Frederic Rzewski, and she champions the music of her peers. Bonnie attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory (BM), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and University of California San Diego (DMA.) She is currently teaching at DePauw University.

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