Welcome to the MSU Percussion Studio website! Our goal is to offer a well-rounded percussion curriculum that will inspire and educate the next generation of young artists. There are approximately 25 students (including undergraduate education, performance and composition majors, masters and doctoral students) in the percussion studio at any given time. MSU has a wide variety of performing ensembles and there is never a shortage of playing opportunities. These ensembles include: orchestras, three bands, jazz bands and combos, percussion ensemble, Salsa Verde, Musique 21, and others. Please take a few minutes to look around and get to know us better!

 
10/21 - 8pm: David Skidmore masterclass


 10/24 - 7:30pm: MSU Wind Symphony @ the Wharton Center


 10/25 - 8pm: MSU Symphony Orchestra @ the Wharton Center


 10/26 - 7:30pm: SPARTAN SPECTACULAR


 <10/29 - 7:30pm: MSU Symphony Band @ the Wharton Center


 10/31 - 7:30pm: MSU Percussion Ensemble Concert @ Cook Hall, Music Building


 11/21 - 7:30pm: MSU Symphony Band @ the Wharton Center


 11/22 - 7:30pm: MSU Symphony Orchestra @ the Wharton Center


 11/22-11/24: Mozart's "The Magic Flute" @ Fairchild Theater


 11/14 - 10:00am: MSU Percussion Ensemble at PASIC, Indianapolis


 12/6 - 8:00pm: Yun-Ju Pan, percussion recital


 2/8 - 3:00pm: MSU Wind Symphony and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony @ the Wharton Center


 
 
For more concert information, and to see what else is happening at the College of Music, visit The College of Music website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auditions


Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions about the audition process.
 
To start your application for MSU please visit The College of Music website.
 

 
Undergraduate Auditions Requirements:
 
    1) Concert Snare Drum Solo or Etude
 
    2) Rudimental Snare Drum Solo or Etude
 
    3) Timpani solo or etude
 
    4) 2 mallet solo or etude
 
    5) 4 mallet solo or etude
 
    6) Major and minor scales, sight-reading on marimba and snare drum and timpani tuning exercises
 

 
Graduate Audition Requirements:
 
    1) Concert snare drum solo or etude
 
    2) Two contrasting orchestral excerpts for snare drum
 
    3) Timpani solo or etude
 
    4) Two contrasting orchestral excerpts for timpani
 
    5) Two keyboard pieces (at least one must be for 4-mallets)
 
    6) Two contrasting orchestral excerpts for xylophone
 
    7) Sight-reading on marimba and snare drum and timpani tuning exercises
 
    8) Short Interview
 

 
Commonly asked questions about the audition:
 
What specific repertoire would you like to hear? There is no specific repertoire that we expect to hear are your audition. You should pick pieces that you enjoy and feel the most comfortable performing. We would much prefer to hear you perform a piece that you have complete mastery of and can play very well. You do not need to try to choose the most difficult piece you can find.
 
Do you require anything else for the audition? (i.e. drumset? world percussion?) No, the only requirements for the audition are listed above. However, if there is anything else you would like to play, we would love to hear it! If there is an important part of your profile as a musician that you feel is not represented in the required repertoire, then please include it! If you love playing drumset then we would like to hear it. It helps us get to know you in the short 20 or 30 minute audition.
 
When will I hear about the audition results? We generally like to hear everyone audition before we make any decisions. There are 3 or 4 audition dates during the spring semester, so if you have an earlier audition date, then it may take a while for you to hear back from us. Usually we will make our decisions and send out letters within two weeks after the last audition date.
 
What about scholarship money? There is scholarship money available! We never know exactly how much we have to offer until March. If you are offered a scholarship, you will receive your letter with this information a few weeks after you get your acceptance letter. Usually, it is around the first week of April.
 
Are there any Teaching Assistantships or Fellowships available? As a prospective graduate student, there is usually a good chance to receive a teaching assistantship, fellowship or scholarship for MSU. Depending on the year, we may have more or less opportunities available. Please contact Professor Burgett if you would like to find out more specific information about what is available for this coming year.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty


Gwendolyn Burgett
 
Gwendolyn Burgett is currently associate professor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. Passionate about educating the next generation of young musicians, she regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the US and has been an instructor at the Interlochen Arts Camp since 2005.
 
Burgett began her musical career very early, studying piano and violin at the age of two. As a percussionist, Burgett maintains a full career as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, having performed recitals throughout the United States, Asia and South America. Burgett is a passionate advocate for new music and has participated in groups to commission new works from composers such as Alejandro Vinao, Peter Klatzow, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick, John Serry and Roshanne Etezady. Burgett is currently principal percussionist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Solisti New York Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
 
The winner of the Keiko Abe Prize at the Second World Marimba Competition in Okaya, Japan, Gwen Burgett was also the top prize winner at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' ARTS competition. Additionally, she was awarded the performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music and has also been the recipient of the Outstanding Young Musician award from the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale Alumni Award.
 
Burgett released her first CD in October of 2007 entitled "Marimba Suites: Gwendolyn Burgett plays her transcriptions of the six Bach Cello Suites" on the Blue Griffin Label and is anticipating the release of her second CD "New Works for Marimba" in the summer of 2011.
 
Burgett has studied with world-renowned professors Robert van Sice, Keiko Abe, and John Beck. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music.
 

 

 
Jon Weber
 
Jon Weber is visiting instructor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music, where he teaches applied percussion lessons, percussion ensemble, salsa band, and the award-winning Michigan State Drumline. He has presented clinics throughout the United States, and in the summer of 2012 presented clinics and a recital in Colombia. He has served as a panel clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention multiple times. Weber has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the New York Solsti Orchestra, and the Santa Clara Vanguard. He is percussionist for the world fusion group The Nomads, which released its second CD Road Trip in 2007. In 2009, he founded the Michigan State University salsa band, Salsa Verde, which performs across Michigan. Weber also performs regularly with the salsa band Orquesta Ritmo.
 
Weber taught the Michigan All-State percussion program at Interlochen from 2007-2009. He has also taught percussion at Oklahoma State University. He has performed Michael Daugherty's timpani concerto Raise the Roof with the MSU Wind Symphony and Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Orchestra with the MSU Symphony Orchestra. Weber heads the percussion faculty for the summer Performing Arts Camp at Michigan State University. With the MSU Drumline, he has presented performances at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and wherever the Spartans play football. From 2004 - 2011, Weber was composer / arranger for the Detroit Pistons Drumline, which has performed at NBA games in Detroit and Chicago, with Kid Rock on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas. University and NBA Drumlines have performed his percussion arrangements across the United States. Weber received his DMA in Percussion Performance from Michigan State in 2008. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
 

 
Visit the MSU Drumline Website
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students

Brian Durocher<br>Michigan
Joel Block<br>Midland, Michigan
Zac Brunell<br>Livonia, Michigan
Jon Wright<br>Swartz Creek,<br>Michigan
Brent Echols<br>Troy, Illinois
Cody Edgerton<br>Charlotte, Michigan
Caleb Goncz<br>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Steve Wulff<br>Holt, Michigan
Austin Ridoux<br />
Tia Harvey<br>Florida
Liz Karney<br>Rochester Hills, MI
Luke Kirkopolous<br>Livonia<br>Michigan
Ben Mapes<br>Grand Ledge,<br>Michigan
Josh Blessing<br>Dearborn,<br>Michigan
Matt Nabozny<br>Port Huron, Michigan
Alice Pan<br>Taipei, Taiwan
Chuck Schellar<br>Hartland,<br>Michigan
Daniel Gerhardt<br>Grand Ledge,<br>Michigan
Alex Smith<br>North Carolina
Rielly Spitzfaden<br>Charlotte,<br>Michigan
Tomoko Taki<br>Japan
Robbert Schmit<br>Walled Lake,<br>Michigan
Zuri Wells<br>Chicago,<br>Illinois
Steven Murtonen<br>Ypsilanti,<br> Michigan
Eugene Wilson V<br>Belleville,<br>Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events


 
10/21 - 8pm: David Skidmore masterclass


 10/24 - 7:30pm: MSU Wind Symphony @ the Wharton Center


 10/25 - 8pm: MSU Symphony Orchestra @ the Wharton Center


 10/26 - 7:30pm: SPARTAN SPECTACULAR


 <10/29 - 7:30pm: MSU Symphony Band @ the Wharton Center


 10/31 - 7:30pm: MSU Percussion Ensemble Concert @ Cook Hall, Music Building


 11/21 - 7:30pm: MSU Symphony Band @ the Wharton Center


 11/22 - 7:30pm: MSU Symphony Orchestra @ the Wharton Center


 11/22-11/24: Mozart's "The Magic Flute" @ Fairchild Theater


 11/14 - 10:00am: MSU Percussion Ensemble at PASIC, Indianapolis


 12/6 - 8:00pm: Yun-Ju Pan, percussion recital


 2/8 - 3:00pm: MSU Wind Symphony and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony @ the Wharton Center


 
 
For more concert information, and to see what else is happening at the College of Music, visit The College of Music website.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Links


Affiliates:
 MIchigan State University
 MSU College of Music
 MSU Drumline
 Zildjian
 Pearl/Adams
 Vic Firth
    Other sites:
 Percussive Arts Society
 Steve Weiss Music
 Interlochen Center for the Arts
 MSU College of Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact


Faculty:
 Gwen Burgett: burgett@msu.edu
 Jon Weber: weberjon@msu.edu

 
Website:
 Zac Brunell: brunelld@msu.edu

 
Links Out:
 MSU Percussion Studio on Facebook
 MSU Percussion Studio's YouTube page
 MSU College of Music website