Pre-College Percussion

June 20 – 25, 2022

Designed for senior high percussionists, this program focuses on strengthening musicianship and technique fundamentals. The schedule includes clinics, masterclasses, and daily seminars. Students will be exposed to a wide range of repertoire and gain perspective on all facets of percussion practice and performance. Participants will also learn orchestral excerpts and receive advice on preparing for college auditions.

Format: In-Person on the Urbana-Champaign campus


  • For students completing grades 8-12.
  • Students must be enrolled in private lessons and have experience on timpani and mallet percussion.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 – 9:15 am: Technique/Master Class
9:30 – 10:30 am: Percussion Ensemble
10:45 – 11:45 am: Percussion Ensemble
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm: World Percussion
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Steel Band
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Electives
5:15 pm: Dinner and Evening Activities
10:30 pm: Lights out

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form
  • There is no audition requirement for acceptance to this program.
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.

Accepted Students

  • Additional information will be available after April 1, 2022, including audition information for placement within the program.


  • Resident – $850 (tuition, room and board)
  • Commuter – $550 (tuition and lunch only)

Program Faculty

Ricardo Flores, University of Illinois

Artist, performer, and educator—Percussionist Ricardo Flores has been electrifying audiences for years playing classical percussion, drum set, and world percussion in orchestral, chamber, jazz, pop, Latin and many other musical settings. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 where he holds the title of Associate Professor on the Percussion Faculty specializing in drum set and Latin percussion and directs the Steel Band / World Percussion Ensemble.

Read more about Professor Flores here.

William Moersch, University of Illinois

William Moersch is internationally renowned as a marimba virtuoso, chamber and symphonic percussionist, recording artist, and educator. He has appeared as a soloist with symphonic orchestras and in recital throughout North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and Australia. A regularly featured artist at international percussion festivals, he has performed on more than seventy recordings and is perhaps best known for commissioning over the past thirty-five years much of the prominent modern repertoire for marimba, from composers including Irwin Bazelon, Richard Rodney Bennett, Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Libby Larsen, Steven Mackey, Akemi Naito, Roger Reynolds, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, John Serry, Andrew Thomas, Alejandro Viñao, James Wood, and Charles Wuorinen. In addition, he was the first marimbist ever to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship and has also been honored by NEA Recording and Consortium Commissioning grants.

Read more about Professor Moersch here.