May 31 – June 6, 2015

A message from Gordon Stout

Salvatore RabbioThe New England Percussion Institute at Snow Pond Music Festival is an intensive six days of advanced study geared to college students and professional percussionists on the beautiful grounds of the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine. Program participants will study with a world-class faculty in an intimate and supportive environment limited to between 20 and 30 participants. The week includes daily reading sessions, lessons, lectures, masterclasses and recitals. Participants can expect to explore a broad range of topics from tone production and techniques for all standard percussion instruments, literature and interpretation, orchestral and percussion ensemble and rehearsals, among others. Ample time is scheduled for practice and other activities.

Program Details:

  • Combination of orchestral repertoire and technique lessons
  • Percussion repertoire reading sessions
  • Master classes, recitals, and seminars
  • Ample practice time
  • Intimate and supportive environment for networking with peers and professional staff

Salvatore Rabbio TeachingStudy with world-class orchestral percussion faculty

Gordon Stout,  Professor of Percussion, Ithaca College, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, NEPI Program Director
Salvatore Rabbio, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, Former timpanist, Detroit Symphony
Neil W. Grover, Grover Pro Percussion, Former Percussion Chair at The Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts
Kevin Bobo, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Phillip O’Banion, Temple University’s Center for the Arts

 Application Requirements

Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. As the application process is on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early.

  1. Click here for online application
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Non-refundable $75 application fee
  4. Audition; Youtube or mp3 files. (see requirements)

For additional assistance contact the Programs Coordinator, Gail Levinsky

Please use the Applicant Materials Submission form to submit applicant related files and recommendations. On the “send to” prompt make sure your materials are sent to New England Percussion Institute.

Audition Requirements:

YouTube or MP3 files: orchestral excepts on snare drum and timpani, or a short solo (or part of one). Marimba solo of your choice, or xylophone or bells excerpt.

Tuition & Fees: (tuition rate includes non-refundable $75 application fee)

  • Tuition: $700 (Tuition) + $500 (Room & Board) = $1200

Please note:

Continuing Education and College Credit:


  • Continuing Education Credit: $50
  • University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) Two (2) College Credits: $250

Program Schedule

Arrival Day:

3:00 – 5:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm Dinner
Evening Orientation and Evening Gathering

Daily Schedule:

8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshops / Lessons
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 pm Flexible Time, Individual Practice, Lessons, Recreation
3:30 – 5:30 pm Orchestral Repertoire Sessions / Percussion Ensemble Rehearsals / Master Classes
5:45 pm Dinner
Evening Master Classes, Lectures, Recitals, Practice, and Off-Campus Activities

Departure Day:

8:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast and Departure

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