New:  Results of our 2018 Composition Competition here!


Now in its seventh 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, TPS2018 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of the festival.

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 presented as part of Stratford Summer Music. While exact repertoire choice is still being finalized, pieces will include a mix of "classics" (John Cage, Steve Reich, 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.

TPS2018 will also include another, slightly more unusual performance opportunity:  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. TPS2018 will feature multiple master classes with members of TorQ, 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. 

We'll also have a special guest joining us for part of TPS2018.  Ray Dillard is a master percussionist, recording and mixing engineer, and composer. In addition to being associated with NEXUS for many years in a variety of capacities, he has produced somewhere over 150 (at last count) percussion albums, in addition to records for orchestras, bands, improv ensembles, and all manner of musical configurations.  He will join us to talk about the basics of DIY recording of percussion instruments, and will also offer input on masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals.

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 also 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.  While practicing is obviously important, Stratford has lots of great cultural opportunities, and  we want to help you experience them while you're here.


The deadline for registration is May 1, 2018, but only 10 spots are available, so don't wait until the last minute!

As part of the registration process, you'll need to have the following information handy:
• 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 TPS2018 is $600 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 $350), please select that option on the registration form.  You will also need to include 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.


Participants will be billeted with hosts in Stratford.  This accommodation is included in your tuition.  Should you wish to find your own accommodation instead, please be sure to mention that during the registration process. 


The seminar will begin at 10am on July 28 and end at approximately 6pm on August 5, so please plan your travel accordingly. Stratford is about a 2-hour drive west from Toronto, depending on traffic. Stratford Summer Music will do its best to assist with arranging transportation to and from Toronto and/or Pearson Airport at the start and end of the seminar, but 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

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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