August 17 – 21, 2020

Now in its seventh 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 in association with Stratford Summer Music in beautiful  Stratford, Ontario, Canada, TPS2020 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of the festival.

The core of the TPS experience is ensemble rehearsal. Each participant will be part of 3-4 ensemble pieces that will be rehearsed throughout the week; that rehearsal process will culminate in a final concert presented as part of Stratford Summer Music. While exact repertoire choice is still being finalized, pieces will include a mix of “classics” (John Cage, Steve Reich, etc), new and recent percussion ensemble compositions, with a focus on Canadian composers (including some works by members of TorQ), and the winning entries from this year’s TPS Composition Contest.

Master classes and group discussions are also an integral part of the TPS experience. TPS2020 will feature multiple master classes with members of TorQ, 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.

As you can tell, the TPS schedule will keep you pretty busy while you’re here! As part of your registration fee, however, you will also have access to available concurrent Stratford Summer Music events. Depending on availability, you may also be able to attend plays or musicals at the Stratford Festival.  While practising is obviously important, Stratford has many great cultural opportunities, and we want to help you experience them while you’re here.

Link to TorQ Percussion Quartet’s website for full details on the TorQ Percussion Seminar.