Department of Music

Alaska Midnight Sun Chamber Percussion Intensive

July 18th - 23rd, 2011 - Fairbanks, Alaska
Sponsored in part by Black Swamp Percussion,
Paiste Cymbals and Gongs, Yamaha Percussion

For the experienced undergraduate/graduate or professional percussionist

Bob Becker (original NEXUS member, Steve Reich Ensemble member)
Morris Palter (Ensemble 64.8 director, previous redfish bluefish member)

Program Features:
Held during the first week of the two-week long Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, the AMSCPI is a one week summer intensive program dedicated to the rehearsing and performing of advanced chamber percussion repertoire. Daily seminars on various topics relating to percussion will also be given by Becker and Palter. These include, but are not limited to, xylophone playing, mallet wrapping, memorization techniques, and minimalist music.

Participants will rehearse and work along side Becker and Palter, culminating in two showcase concerts during the FSAF. One of these concerts will be of the seminal Steve Reich work, "Drumming." The other concert will include selected repertoire from the following list:

Repertoire Selected from Following:
Mallet Quartet - Steve Reich
Third Construction - John Cage
Dance Music for Elfrid Ide - John Cage
Rain Tree - Toru Takemitsu
Mudra - Bob Becker
Away without Leave - Bob Becker
Unseen Child - Bob Becker
Prisoners of the Image Factory - Bob Becker
Turning Point - Bob Becker
Strange and Sacred Noise - John Luther Adams
Inuksuit - John Luther Adams
Toccata - Carlos Chavez
Last Waltz - Timothy Constable
Okho - Iannis Xenakis
Workers Union - Louis Andriessen
Ionisation - Edgard Varese
A Selection of Novelty Ragtime Tunes - Arr. Becker/Cahn

Program Cost:
$750 - chamber program and all seminar presentations
$550 - chamber program only
$250 - seminar presentations only
$60 - individual seminars

On-site housing available starting at $23/night per person based on double occupancy. Please contact the FSAF directly to inquire or book housing at (907) 474-8869.

Further Performance Opportunities:
For participants interested in staying for the duration of the FSAF, opportunities to perform in the Festival Opera Orchestra are also available. Various world music and African drumming classes are also available. Please email festival director, Terese Kaptur, at

For more information regarding the AMSCPI, please email Morris Palter at or call (907) 474-1873. Information regarding the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival can also be found at

Join us at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for a unique opportunity to study advanced chamber percussion repertoire under the midnight sun in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska!

Applications Due May 1st, 2011

Please Click HERE to apply