Cisum Percussion

Collaborating In Styles, United (by) Music

Cisum Percussion presents:

composing for percussion

As a collective, Cisum Percussion shares a goal of expanding and developing the styles and capabilities within modern day percussion literature. The diversity of backgrounds the ensemble possesses span a plethora of musical styles and creates a unique environment in which anything is possible. The group revels in the performance of a crossbreed of styles such as contemporary classical music, rock, minimalism, funk, jazz, combined with the use of visual arts and theater. Constantly seeking out new works and composers, Cisum Percussion continues to explore this genre-melding sound world.

In an effort to further expand their educational outreach and to more easily give composers the tools they need for success, Cisum Percussion presents a three (3) day workshop with a focus on writing for percussion. Composers will be selected as fellows for the program to receive one-on-one access to rehearsals/instruction as well as admission to concerts and masterclasses. Each of the composer fellows will receive a world premiere and a recording of a new work written for percussion. Cisum Percussion views this opportunity not only as a learning experience for composers, but rather an opportunity to create career-long relationships between musicians and composers. 



Workshop Overview

Composing for Percussion 2019 will be hosted in NYC from Friday November 22nd through Sunday November 24th. Over the course of the weekend, selected composer fellows and student composers will have the opportunity to explore new sounds within a hands-on approach to writing for percussion. Each fellow/student will learn about the unique sounds of percussion timbres as well as bring a new piece of music to life over the workshop weekend.


Each composer fellow/student will have dedicated rehearsal time with the members of Cisum Percussion over the workshop weekend. These rehearsals are a time to explore the pieces they’ve written and fine tune some small details about their music before a public showing of their work.


Several masterclasses will be hosted throughout the workshop weekend with a focus on techniques when writing for percussion. With a combination of Cisum members as well as guest speakers (to be announced) the composer fellows/students will have the opportunity to learn about percussion notation, be hands on with our instruments, and hear from leading professionals within the industry. Past guest speakers include composer Dave Molk and Ian Rosenbaum of Sandbox Percussion.

Open Readings

Cisum Percussion will host an open reading of all student composer works that will be filmed/recorded for archival purposes after the workshop. These readings will be paired with a masterclass/Q&A discussing problems and solutions when writing for percussion.

World Premieres

Cisum Percussion will host a performance of all fellow composer works that will be filmed/recorded for archival purposes after the workshop. This performance will be a culmination of all the rehearsals and masterclasses throughout the workshop weekend.