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Percussion Summer Institute

UCF Percussion Summer Institute

The 2023 institute has been cancelled.
Watch this space for 2024 information.

July 9–15, 2023
UCF Main Campus • Performing Arts Center – Music

UCF’s Percussion Summer Institute offers a unique opportunity to study closely with UCF percussion faculty Thad Anderson, percussionist, composer, and contemporary/electroacoustic music specialist, Kirk Gay, world-class timpanist and orchestral musician, Jeff Moore, internationally recognized percussion clinician, lecturer, and soloist, and guest artists Patterns Quartet and Gordon Stout.

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Registration Fees

Return to this space for information about summer 2024.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds of camp tuition must be submitted no later than 11 business days prior to camp start date. No refunds will be considered within two weeks prior to the start of the camp session. Transaction fees paid to Accepted during registration are non-refundable, and a $50 processing fee is deducted from all refunds.


Applications will close on June 1, 2023 or when camps reach capacity. Applicants who apply before May 1 will receive notification on or by May 8. Applicants who apply after May 1 will receive notification on or by June 8.


Questions may be directed to or 407-823-2221.

More Information

Participants will perform in master classes and concerts, and will receive instruction on a variety of percussion subjects including:

  • Marimba technique, solos, and concerti
  • Vibraphone technique, improvisation, solos, and concerti
  • Timpani and Multiple Percussion solos and concerti
  • Independence and Transfer Value in Percussion
  • Orchestral instruments including snare drum and accessories
  • Chamber music and percussion ensemble
  • World music, including Brazilian, Amadinda, and Steel Band
  • Music technology and practice techniques

  • Multiple daily sessions with camp faculty and additional guest artists
  • Small group lessons and masterclasses with camp faculty
  • Daily percussion ensemble and world music ensemble playing experience
  • Ample time for individual practice
  • All instruments will be provided. Contact to make arrangements if you wish to bring your own instruments.

No meals will be provided during the duration of the Summer Institute and the cost of dining is not covered through the housing and tuition fees. For most meals, the group will go to the ‘63 South dining hall located in Ferrell Commons, a short walk from the Performing Arts Center. More information about the cost for dining hall meals will be provided as we get closer to the event. In addition to the ‘63 South dining hall, there may also be meal options in the John T. Washington Center, Student Union and Knights Plaza.

For those participants staying in on-campus housing, each apartment has a kitchen with an electric range and refrigerator, so it is possible to have groceries on hand to make meals (please note, microwaves, cookware, dishes, and utensils are not provided).

UCF Dining website

Age and Experience

This event is intended for college and advanced high school players (typically rising 11th or 12th graders) but may also include younger high school students that have significant experience. Rising 9th graders who will be 15 or older at the time of the event are welcome to submit an application.

Capacity is limited to 24 participants. Acceptance to the Summer Institute is based on experience and ability level. This is assessed through the submission of two contrasting video performances and a statement of experience and interest from the applicant.

Repertoire Expectations

Camp participants should plan to arrive with a minimum of two solo works that are either ready to perform or are a work in progress. These might include keyboard percussion (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone), concert or rudimental snare drum, timpani, multi-percussion, drum set, or otherwise. Additional solo and ensemble material will be assigned as we get closer the event and at the beginning of camp.


Guest Artists

Gordon Stout, world-class marimba artist & composer
Patterns Quartet, innovative mallet quartet