The results of our annual Composition Competition have been announced!
Please click here for the press release. 


Now in its sixth 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 this year in association with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in the beautiful and historic town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada (an UNESCO world heritage site), TPS2017 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of the festival. We're also excited to welcome a very special guest faculty member this year:  renowned soloist and educator (and fellow Innovative Percussion artist) She-e Wu (Northwestern University).

The core of the TPS experience is ensemble rehearsal.  Each participant will be part of 3-4 ensemble pieces that will be thoroughly rehearsed throughout the week.  Compositions performed will include the winners of this year’s TPS Composition Contest, as well as a mix of new and classic works for percussion ensemble by composers Dinuk Wijeratne, John Luther Adams, John Cage and others.

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 She-e Wu, 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 update this section as we finalize the overall schedule and specific events.

a bit about LAMP: 

The Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance – LAMP, for short – provides extraordinarily-talented young musicians with the career-changing opportunity to work with top Canadian and international performing artists, stewarded by artistic director and violist Burt Wathen. 

Located in the historic Lunenburg Academy, on the edge of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, our school offers one to two-week academies for musicians who have completed university or conservatory music programs. LAMP provides emerging artists with a focused environment in which to concentrate on music development and artistic growth. Multi-week residency programs provide an extended opportunity to interact with our distinguished faculty, as well as fellow residents, to prepare for important competitions, auditions, performances and recordings, and to expand repertoire. Regular public concerts ensure all residents have an opportunity to perform before a live audience. Weekend Master Classes also provide opportunities for undergraduates and musicians in private study.

LAMP provides a unique creative environment where you will grow as a performer and discover your full artistic potential.


Please begin the registration process by sending an email to to let us know you're interested.  As part of the registration, we will also require the following (though it doesn't have to be submitted all at once):

  • A current resume detailing your past musical performance/education activities
  • A recommendation from a current teacher
  • 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 TPS2017 is $500 CAD. The registration deadline for TPS2017 is May 31, 2017.

Yamaha Canada is once again providing scholarships for selected participants:  there will be five (5) $200 scholarships available.  To apply for a scholarship, please submit an example of your playing (audio or video, links preferred), as well as a short statement (250 words or less) about how the scholarship and the TPS experience might benefit you.  These materials should be submitted to by May 31, 2017.


Tuition does not include transportation or room and board. However, LAMP has an agreement with the Smugglers Cove Inn that provides very reasonable rates for lodging. A limited number of billets may also be available.  For more information on accommodations, please contact LAMP's student services officer Floriana Schnell


The seminar will begin at 10am on June 18 and end at appoximately 11pm on June 24, so please plan your travel accordingly.  

Lunenburg is approximately 90 minutes by car from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ).  Shuttles to and from the airport can be arranged.  Once you're in Lunenburg, almost everything is within walking distance, so having a vehicle for the seminar is not necessary.

For more infromation about travel, please contact LAMP's student services officer Floriana Schnell.


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 LAMP, please contact Floriana Schnell at

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Thanks for reading. We’re looking forward to seeing you at #TPS2017!