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Percussion Institute

One-week young artists’ percussion intensive

All updated information and applications for 2017 MPulse Institutes will be posted in mid-November.


Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Jonathan Ovalle

July 3 - 9, 2016

Tuition: $1,000 (includes room & board)



Jonathan Ovalle, Faculty Director - University of Michigan/ Percunova Percussion Duo

Joseph Gramley, University of Michigan/ Silkroad Ensemble

Joe Becker, Principal Percussion, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Additional Faculty TBA


Designed for the serious high school percussionist, the MPulse Summer Percussion Institute offers an opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded students in a small, focused environment with a strong emphasis on solo and chamber percussion playing. The institute features classes on technique, musicianship, interpretation, repertoire, practice techniques, audition preparation, as well as music theory and ear training. Hosted in the brand-new percussion suite located in the new $24 million dollar Brehm Pavillion, students can also take advantage of 12 specially designed, acoustically isolated practice rooms and a spacious large ensemble rehearsal space.


Weekly schedule includes

  • Daily Workshops and Masterclasses on snare drum, 2 and 4 mallet keyboard, timpani and orchestral accessories
  • Strong emphasis on chamber percussion ensemble playing
  • World Percussion Playing
  • Repertoire Classes & Listening Lab
  • Guest Artist Classes
  • Individual Practice Time
  • Private Lessons


Application Instructions


The application consists of four parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Recorded Audition Upload
  • Repertoire List (both solo and ensemble repertoire)



Performance (Upload)

Please upload 3-4 short videos which best represent your experience in the following areas:


  1. Snare Drum Solo or Etude (rudimental or concert)
  2. Mallet Keyboard Solo or Etude (2 or 4 mallets)
  3. Timpani Solo or Etude


Multiple percussion solo, drum set, hand drums, or steel pan.


Admission Notification

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 12, 2016. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 28, 2016.   

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.


Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.



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“MPulse was an incredible opportunity for me to experience what going into music in college would be like. It helped me to realize that music is truly a career that I want to pursue. This camp really helped me grow as a musician and person and I highly recommend it for any serious young musician.”
Amy, Percussion 2014, MI
Percussion Duet Percussion Ensemble MPulse Percussion MPulse Percussion Institute MPulse Percussion with Ovalle MPulse Percussion samba group Mpulse Percussion with Piccolo

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