TorQ Percussion Seminar 2016

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#TPS2016 is happening now! 

If you have any questions about #TPS2016, please email us at or enter your contact information below to be put on our TPS mailing list.


Now in its fifth year, TorQ Percussion Seminar is an opportunity for college-level percussionists to come together for an intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, discussions, masterclasses, creation and performance, under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy).  Operated in association with Stratford Summer Music in beautiful Stratford, Ontario, Canada, TPS2016 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of the festival. We're also excited to welcome two special guest faculty this year: percussionist Beverley Johnston and composer Christos Hatzis

The core of the TPS experience is ensemble rehearsal.  Each participant will be part of 3-4 ensemble pieces that will be rehearsed throughout the week. This year, there will be a special focus on the works of Christos Hatzis, including the mallet quartet "Modulations" (originally commissioned by TorQ). We will also be looking at compositions by John Luther Adams, Robin Engelman, and others, including the winner of this year’s TPS Composition Contest.

TPS2016 will also include something new this year: the group creation and realization of a new work for outdoor percussion ensemble.  This new work will be performed multiple times on Tom Patterson Island as part of the "Music for an Avon Morning" concert series. 

Master classes and group discussions are also an integral part of the TPS experience. TPS2016 will feature multiple master classes with members of TorQ and Beverley Johnston, giving participants an opportunity to showcase either solo or pre-formed ensemble works.  These masterclasses will be open to the public.  Participants will also participate in group discussions about topics such as chamber music repertoire, self-promotion, concert logistics, and much more.  Finally, all participants will get to attend Christos Hatzis’s presentation on “Composing for Percussion”.  


July 30

July 31

Aug 1

Aug 2

Aug 3

Aug 4

Aug 5

Aug 6

Aug 7


Avon Morning Dress Rehearsal

Avon Morning Perform.

Avon Morning Perform.

Avon Morning Perform.


Master class #1

Group Discussion 1

Master class #2

Public Partic. Master class

Group Discussion 2


Composing for Perc.

Group Discussion 3

Group Discussion 4


Rehearsal Block 1




Rehearsal Block 2

TPS Final Concert


Rehearsal Block 3


Rehearsal Block 4

Seminar Wrap-up


Dinner/End of Day/Individual Practice

(Please note that this is a tentative schedule only, and will likely be adjusted slightly before and during TPS2016!)

As you can tell, the TPS schedule will keep you pretty busy while you’re here!  As part of your registration fee, however, you will have access to available concurrent Stratford Summer Musical events.  Depending on availability, you may also be able to attend plays or musicals at the Stratford Festival.


Please begin the registration process by visiting or  As part of the registration, we will require the following:

  • A current resume detailing your past musical performance/education activities
  • 1-3 audio or video examples of your playing (in a solo or chamber context).  This isn’t an audition, so we don’t have any specific requirements; we simply want to get an idea of your abilities, so we can put ensembles together accordingly.  Please provide either Youtube, Vimeo or Soundcloud links that are not password protected.  Please do NOT attach the actual files.
  • A paragraph about your background and experience
  • The usual mandatory contact information (street address, phone number, email)
  • Any health information that we should know about (allergies, etc)

Tuition for TPS2016 is $600 CAD.  Yamaha Canada is once again generously providing scholarships to participants.  If you’d like to be considered for a $100 scholarship (reducing tuition to $500, please select that option on the registration form. 

Please note that the registration deadline for TPS2016 is May 31; however, the deadline to be guaranteed accommodation at the Nurses' College Residence is MARCH 31 (see below for more info).


Accommodations may be available through the local Nurses' Colleges Residence, subject to availability.  Accommodation at the residence include breakfast, parking and use of the courtyard pool; residence fees include all taxes.  The cost for nine nights (arrive July 29, leave August 7) is $475 for a single room or $300 for a shared twin room.  (Should you require an extra night due to travel arrangements, this can be arranged based on availability with the residence.)

Participants are also welcome to arrange their own accommodation.  There may also be a VERY limited number of billets available (at no charge to the participant.  Be aware, however, that Stratford is a very popular tourist destination in the summer, and many hotels and B&Bs will book up early.  For any accommodation questions/requests/information, please contact Lana Mau at Stratford Summer Music at


The seminar will begin at 10am on July 30 and end at approximately 6pm on August 7, so please plan your travel accordingly.  (TorQ Percussion Quartet is presenting John Luther Adams’ Strange and Sacred Noise at 9pm on July 29, so we’d recommend you arrive in time to attend that concert, which is included in your registration fee.)  

Stratford is about a 2-hour drive west from Toronto, depending on traffic.  Stratford Summer Music will do its best to assist with arranging and/or providing transportation to and from Toronto and/or Pearson Airport at the start and end of the seminar, but as with accommodation, the earlier the music festival your plans and needs, the more likely it will be able to help out!


TorQ will contact registered participants with more details (and with copies of ensemble music for you to look at ahead of time) as TPS gets closer.  In the mean time, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at any time.

If you have any general questions about TPS, about the schedule, etc, please contact TorQ at or subscribe to the TPS email list below for regular updates.

If you have any specific questions about the registration process or anything else that falls under the umbrella of Stratford Summer Music, please contact Lana Mau at

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Thanks for reading. We’re looking forward to seeing you at #TPS2016!