New: 2019 Composition Contest announced!  Details here!

about TPS

Now in its eighth year, TorQ Percussion Seminar is an opportunity for college-level percussionists from across North America to come together for an intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, discussions, masterclasses and performances, under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy). Taking place from June 22-29, 2019 and operated this year as part of the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in beautiful and historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, TPS2019 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of LAMP's programming.

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; that rehearsal process will culminate in a final concert. While exact repertoire choice is still being finalized, pieces typically include a mix of "classics" (John Cage, Lou Harrison, etc), new and recent percussion ensemble compositions, with a focus on Canadian composers (including some works by members of TorQ), and the winning entries from this year's TPS Composition Contest.

We'll also have a very special guest and performance opportunity as part of TPS2019.  Joining us will be Dr. Russell Hartenberger, member of NEXUS and Steve Reich & Musicians and Professor Emeritus of Percussion at the University of Toronto.  Russell will be coaching a complete performance of Steve Reich's seminal composition Drumming.  Russell has been working with Reich for about five decades and literally wrote the book about performing Reich's music, so we are thrilled that he is joining us to share his knowledge.

Master classes and group discussions are also an integral part of the TPS experience. TPS2018 will feature multiple master classeswith members of TorQ, giving participants an opportunity to showcase either solo or pre-formed ensemble works. These masterclasses will be open to the public. There will also be some presentations by TorQ members. Participants will also participate in group discussions about topics such as chamber music repertoire, self-promotion, concert logistics, and much more.

As you can tell, the TPS schedule will keep you pretty busy while you’re here! One of the important parts of TPS, though, is about connection, and creating community, so we'll make sure to have some dedicated social time for faculty and participants as well.  (And if the weather co-operates, hopefully at some point in the week, we'll have a special group social activity.) You'll also want to take some time to explore the Lunenburg waterfront.  Lunenburg is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and has a number of great food and drink options.


The deadline for registration is May 1, 2019, but only 10 spots are available, so don't wait until the last minute!

Click here to start the registration process.

As part of the registration process, you'll need to have the following information handy:
• A document containing the following:  (1) a paragraph or two about your background and experience, and what you hope to get out of being a TPS2019 participants; and (2) an up-to-date resume c/v detailing your past musical performance/education activities
• A letter of reference (.pdf preferred, with signature and contact information) from a teacher or other musical mentor who's familiar with your musicianship
• 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. You can either attach the files or provide links (Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc)
• The usual mandatory contact information (street address, phone number, email)
• Any health information that we should know about (allergies, etc)

Click here to start the registration process.

Tuition for TPS2018 is $500 CAD.


Yamaha Canada is once again generously providing scholarships to selected participants. If you’d like to be considered for a $250 scholarship (reducing tuition to $250), please send us a short essay (max 500 words) on why you would be a good candidate for a scholarship, as well as any other support materials you feel might be relevent.

Please send all scholarship materials only to


There are multiple accommodation options for TPS2019.  There are a limited number of no-charge billets available on a first-come-first-serve basis.  There are also housing options available for approximately $150-$200 for the week, or participants are welcome to arranging their own accommodation (motel, b&b, airbnb, etc).  For more information about housing, please contact


The seminar will begin at approximately 6pm on June 22 with an intro session and a TorQ concert and will end with the final concert the evening of June 29.  It is recommended that participants make plans to arrive in Lunenburg the afternoon of June 22, and leave during the day on June 30 (we usually head out for a last big group breakfast that morning, though it isn't mandatory). Lunenburg is about a 90-minute drive from Halifax Stanfield International Airport.  TorQ and LAMP will do our best to assist with arranging travel to and from the airport if necessary; the sooner we know your plans, the more likely we are to 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

If you have any specific questions about the registration process, housing or anything else
that falls under the umbrella of the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, please contact

Thanks for reading. We’re looking forward to seeing you at TPS2019!