Percussion @ Penn State Festival & Conference




Saturday March 16

9:00 am – Registration and Petting Zoo opens

9:30 am to 11:00 am – Percussion @ Penn State Solo Recital – Recital Hall

“Tempo di Borea” from Partita No. 1 in Bm, BWV 1002 J. S. Bach 
Jack Nedrow (1st year, BM Music Tech), marimba

Meditation No. 1 for solo snare drum Casey Cangelosi
Thomas Pelesky (3rd year, Physics, minor, Music)

Yellow After the Rain for solo marimba (1971) Mitchell Peters
Elijah Bradley (3rd year, BM)

360 for multi-percussion duet (2017) Eugene Koshinski
Eunice Sun (3rd year, BM) & Caden Werner (3rd year, BM)

Rhythm Song for solo marimba (1991) Paul Smadbeck
Joseph Modestine (1st year, BME)

Fluffy Ruffles (1919) G. H. Green, arr. Cahn
Isabella Scotti (1st year, MM), xylophone w/ the Penn State Mallet Ensemble

SyNc for solo snare drum (2018) Eugene Koshinski
Michael Valente (1st year, MM)

Distances for solo marimba (2016) Baljinder Sekhon 
Ryder Haines (4th year, BM)

Arabesque for solo vibraphone (1898-1891) Claude Debussy, arr. Pershing
Charles McCall (2nd year, BME)

“Fugue” from Sonata No. 1 in Gm, BWV 1001 J. S. Bach 
Jack Kerness (1st year, MM), marimba

Kaskada for solo marimba (1999) Eckhard Kopetzki
Kieran Gresko (3rd year, BME)

Asventuras for solo snare drum (2011) Alexej Gerassimez
Paul “Mako” Robeson (1st year, MM)

11 am to 12 pm – Karlyn Viña – Esber Rehearsal Hall – masterclass
Theatrical Percussion

12 pm to 1:15 pm – Lunch Break

1:15 pm to 1:30 pm – Penn State Mallet Ensemble Performance – Esber Rehearsal Hall

Serenade for Strings, II. Andante Espressivo (1937) Dag Wirén (1905-1986) arr. Dan Armstrong
Graceful Ghost (1971) William Bolcom (b. 1938) arr. Primatic

1:30 to 2:30 pm – Lee Hinkle – Esber Rehearsal Hall – masterclass
Snare Drum – Role Play: Know your musical role, have lots of options in your tool bag, and make wise musical decisions when playing a snare drum roll.

3 pm to 4 pm – Erik Forst – Esber Rehearsal Hall – masterclass
Tell Your Story: Finding Your Musical Voice in a World of TMI

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm – Matthew Coley – Esber Rehearsal Hall – masterclass
Marimba – ​​Exploration and Discovery in the Keyboard Percussion Biz

6 pm – Dinner Break

7:30 pm – Evening Showcase Concert – Recital Hall

TLC for drumset with electronic drum controller (2022) Juri Seo (b. 1981)
Lee Hinkle, drum set

Toccata (1995) Anders Koppel (b. 1947)
Lee Hinkle, marimba
Isabella Scotti, vibraphone

Improvisations (2024)
Payton MacDonald, marimba

La plus que lente (1910) Claude Debussy (1862-1918) adapted Matthew Coley (b. 1979)
Matthew Coley, marimba

Ghost Music (2019) David Colson (b. 1957)
I. Gliding smoothly
II. Phantom winds
V. Echoes and whispers
Matthew Coley, marimba

Aphasia (2009) Mark Applebaum (b. 1967)
Karli Viña, performer

Lapse (2022) Dale Trumbore (b. 1987)
Karli Viña, marimba + spoken word

Boomslang (2007) Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)
Erik Forst, marimba

9:30 pm – Post concert hang

Sunday March 17

10:00 am – Registration and Petting Zoo opens

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Payton MacDonald – Esber Rehearsal Hall – masterclass
Interdisciplinary work – Sonic Divide and Sonic Peaks

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Lunch and Percussion Ensemble Showcase Setup

Percussion Ensemble Showcase – Recital Hall

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm – Shenandoah Conservatory, Dr. Karlyn Viña

The Gilded Cage (1998)
Susan Powell (b. 19…)

Sculpture in Wood (1995)
Rüdiger Pawassar (b. 1964)

Weapon Wheel (2018)
Quinn Mason (b. 1996) 

From My Little Island (1988, rev. 2002 by Nancy Zeltsman)
Bob Aldridge (b. 1954) 
(2 movements – TBD)

Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs (1982)
Keiko Abe (b. 1937) 

Swerve (2016)
Gene Koshinski (b. 1980) 

By the time we look for it (2020)
Jenny Beck (b. 19…)

<<<30’ intermission>>>

2:45 pm to 3:30 pm – Messiah University, Dr. Erik Forst

Eight Pieces for Four Timpani (1950) Elliot Carter (1908-2012)
III.  Adagio
VII.  Canaries
Lizbeth Stephan, timpani

Three Spirals (2005) Eric Sammut (b. 1968)
Lizbeth Stephan, marimba

Niflheim (2010) Csaba Zoltan Marjan (b. 1983)
Yemliot Tirado, marimba

Percussion Quartet (2019) Danny Elfman (b. 1953)

<<<30’ intermission>>>

4 pm to 4:45 pm – Penn State, Dr. Lee Hinkle

Wah (2014)
Juri Seo (b. 1981)

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Penn State President’s Concert Show: 

Derivative from “Perspective” (2022)
Jlin (b. 1987)

String Quartet No. 5, III. (1991)
Philip Glass (b. 1937)

Thought Chains (2023)
*Winner of the 2023 Penn State Percussion Ensemble Call for Scores*
Jessica Dragan (b. 2000) (2nd year, BM Music Composition)

African Welcome Song (1971)
Michael Udow (b. 1949) (Former Penn State Percussion Faculty, 1981-1982)
with Glee Club singers, Chris Kiver, Music Director

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Halo (2021)
Joe W. Moore III (b. 1986)


The Nittany Lion Inn is closed until Fall 2024. Penn State does not have any other hotel affiliations at this time. Here’s a few close and affordable options.

Comfort Suites near Penn State (5 minute drive, or 15 minute 0.7 mile walk)

Graduate State College (5 minute drive, or 15 minute 0.7 mile walk)


Please park in the Nittany Parking Deck. The garage is just steps away from the Penn State School of Music.