Percussion Studies


About Percussion Studies

The Percussion Studies program at George Mason University is committed to developing superb musicianship through performance and a deep, fundamental understanding of music. Students in the BM, BME, MM, MME, DMA programs in percussion study with faculty members who possess impressive performance and educational credentials. Percussionists are trained in virtually every aspect of percussion performance including: orchestral percussion, timpani, solo marimba, chamber percussion, and drum set and world percussion.

Students will have the opportunity to study with all of the professors in the percussion area, thus providing them with a well rounded education and thorough preparation for today’s competitive musical world.

The overall goal of George Mason University percussion program is to provide a rewarding and fulfilling musical experience while simultaneously preparing each student to be a serious competitor in the multi-faceted music industry.
Performance opportunities for percussion students include:
Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Contemporary Music groups, Indoor Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, Big Band, Jazz Combos, Green Machine, and Steel Pan Ensemble.
Upcoming Performances:
Recent Performances:
Percussion Ensemble Concert, Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:00pm - Harris Theater
Chris Martin Graduate Percussion Recital, December 8, 2013 - de Laski 3001
Kevin Thompson Senior Percussion Recital, November 24, 2013 - de Laski 3001
Dylan Barber Senior Percussion Recital, November 21, 2013 - Harris Theatre
Matthew Halligan Graduate Percussion Recital, November 16, 2013 - de Laski 3001
Percussion Ensemble Concert, November 12, 2013 - de Laski 3001

Degrees Available


Admission & Audition

  Undergraduate   Graduate  
  Audition Material  
  Ensemble Audition Material and Signups  

MM and DMA students should contact Prof. Kilkenny for audition material

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Area Coordinator:
Prof. John Kilkenny

Prof. Patricia Miller