June 7-13, 2014

Salvatore RabbioThe New England Percussion Institute at Snow Pond Music Festival is an intensive six days of study geared to high-level undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Program participants study primary percussion and accessory instruments with a world-class faculty in an intimate and supportive environment limited to 24 participants. The week includes daily orchestral repertoire reading sessions, lessons, lectures, masterclasses and recitals. Participants can expect to explore a broad range of topics from tone production, interpretation, and percussion section techniques to changing and clearing timpani heads and audition preparation. 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
  • Program size is limited to 24 participants (limited to 4 auditors)

Salvatore Rabbio TeachingStudy with world-class orchestral percussion faculty

Salvatore Rabbio, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, Former timpanist, Detroit Symphony
Patrick Roulet, Towson University [NEPI Program Director]
Matthew Strauss, Houston Symphony, University of Miami
Neil W. Grover, Grover Pro Percussion, Former Percussion Chair at The Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts

 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

Audition Requirements:

One standard orchestral excerpt performed on snare drum, xylophone/bells, and timpani.

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

  • Full Participant Tuition: $735 (Tuition) + $515 (Room & Board) = $1250
  • Auditor Tuition (includes Continuing Education Credit): $480 (Tuition) + $515 (Room & Board) = $995
    • Auditors at NEPI will observe masterclasses, lessons, sectionals, and workshops but will not perform

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 Repertoire Reading Sessions / 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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