Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

The Music Department curriculum is nationally accredited and emphasizes creativity, individual student learning and vibrant performance opportunities fostered by highly experienced and accessible faculty. The five sections of the Percussion Collective serves as the foundation for the Percussion Studies program at St. Cloud State University.

  1. Percussion Ensemble
  2. World Drumming Group
  3. Improvisation Workshop
  4. Drumset Ensemble
  5. Mallet Ensemble.

Percussion Program Information (pdf 36k)

Each group is designed to provide students and the public a unique experience in music education and percussion performance.

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David Swenson Foundation Percussion Scholarship
Percussion Studies Guest Artist Series
Terry Vermillion, Professor of Music: Percussion Studies
Percussion Collective Video (Quicktime 3.65mb)

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to performing literature written for the full ensemble as well as exploring alternative musical forms such as 20th century, folk, chamber, and newly commissioned works. Members perform on a diverse array of percussion instruments including mallet percussion, drums, tuned percussion, auxiliary percussion, electronic percussion, and hand percussion. Past repertoire:

Nov 16, 2004 Concert Program
"An Evening of Music for Percussion" (pdf 64k)

"SCSU Student Ties for Second Place in
PASIC 2005 Marching Tenors Competition"

Minnesota Percussion News, Feb 2006 (pdf 1.67mb)

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Recent Repertoire

 

Paschal Dances; David Gillingham

The Phantom Dances; Michael Hennagin

Fanfare for Tambourines; John Alfieri

Mudra; Bob Becker

Celebration; Tom Gauger

Three Shona Songs; B. Michael Willams

Taiko; Terry Vermillion

Geometrics; Jonothan Bendricks

Aurora Borelis; Marilyn Bliss

Head Talk; Mark Ford

Variations on a Ghanaian Theme; Daniel Levitan

Three Shona Songs; B. Michael Williams

World Drumming Group

Our programs are founded in artistry and scholarship and prepare students for the future. Music will be performed, created, studied and taught with excellence.The World Drumming Group is a lab class open to all students at St. Cloud State University. The group is dedicated to providing a multi-cultural experience through an open and inclusive setting. Throughout the year the group explores the carnaval samba of Brazil, folkloric Afro-Cuban drumming, Bagandan amadinda xylophone, Indonesian forms including the kecak, and the Javanese gamelan. Past repertoire:

"The Spirit of Carnaval"

Samba batucada

Samba Reggae

Candomble

Maracatu

"The Javanese Gamelan"

Manyar Sewu

Reno Reno

 

Yambu, Columbia, Ise Oluwa

Improvisation Workshop

The Improvisation Workshop focuses on providing participants the opportunity to develop compositional and improvisational skills within the context of a percussion octet. Compositions are created in a group setting that rely on improvisation. Students also examine and study composition and improvisational concepts and apply them in a chamber setting.

Drumset Ensemble

The Music Department curriculum is nationally accredited and emphasizes creativity, individual student learning and vibrant performance opportunities fostered by highly experienced and accessible faculty. Each student performs at the drumset in a variety of styles ranging from jazz, blues, and funk to West African rhythmic systems. The goals of the ensemble are the development of reading skills, drumset technique, and the fostering of a better understanding of improvisation as it relates to the modern drumset artist. The Drumset Ensemble performs original compositions composed by Dr. Vermillion.

Mallet Ensemble

The Mallet Ensemble is dedicated to the development of mallet skills within the context of a smaller four to six member chamber group. Technical development of both two and four mallet grips combined with sensitive musical interaction are the primary goals. Music is selected from local commissions, new transcriptions, arrangements, and student/faculty compositions.

mp3 (247k) Butsu Mutandari - Mallet Ensemble

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