Important Update:

TPS2020 IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING LIMITATIONS.

While we considered trying to institute an online version, the soul of TPS has always been the in-person interaction amongst participants and faculty, and the many hands-on hours of rehearsal and performance; ultimately we felt that we didn't have time to put together an online version that would be worthy of what we want TPS to be.  We are already involved in contingency planning for 2021, when TPS will head back to the Lunenburg Academy for Music Performance.

Now in its 9th year, TorQ Percussion Seminar (August 16-22, 2020) is an opportunity for university-level percussionists to come together for an intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, discussions, masterclasses, creation and performance, under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy). Operated in association with Stratford Summer Music in beautiful Stratford, Ontario, Canada, TPS2020 will culminate with a series of public performances as part of the festival. 

The core of the TPS experience is ensemble rehearsal. Each participant will be part of multiple ensemble pieces that will be rehearsed throughout the week; that rehearsal process will culminate in a finale concert presented as part of Stratford Summer Music. While exact repertoire choice is still being finalized, pieces will include a mix of “classics” (Steve Reich, Paul Lansky); new and recent percussion ensemble compositions with a focus on Canadian composers (including some works by members of TorQ); and the winning entries from this year’s TPS Composition Contest. Participants will also be involved in an outdoor market-square performance of Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist work, “In C.” 

Each day will begin with morning round-table discussions about topics such as chamber music repertoire, self-promotion, concert logistics, musician health and much more. Master classes are also an integral part of the TPS experience. TPS2020 will feature multiple master classes with members of TorQ, giving participants an opportunity to showcase either solo or pre-formed ensemble works. 

We are thrilled to welcome legendary producer/percussionist Ray Dillard as a guest lecturer at this year’s seminar. Ray has produced and engineered countless recordings for NEXUS, Nancy Zeltsman, Ben Reimer, Taktus and more, and has produced all four of TorQ’s albums. Ray will be presenting a session on DIY percussion recording. 

As you can tell, the TPS schedule will keep you pretty busy while you’re here! As part of your registration fee, however, you will also have access to available concurrent Stratford Summer Music events. Depending on availability, you may also be able to attend plays or musicals at the Stratford Festival.  While practising is obviously important, Stratford has many great cultural opportunities, and we want to help you experience them while you’re here. 

Here’s what past participants have to say about their experience at TPS: 

“TPS is a unique intensive study for like-minded percussionists across North America. Over my years attending TPS I have established great connections with the amazing coaches and participants.” -Max Lindsay (Ontario). 

“TPS was a great opportunity for me to work on chamber music in a fantastic environment while also learning about music and musicians of the Canadian contemporary music scene. Rich, Adam, Jamie and Dan taught me a lot!” -Tim Roth (Manitoba). 

Application Information 

As part of the application, you are required to submit a short blurb about yourself, a recent resume/CV of musical activities, and a current repertoire list.  We also ask that you submit links to recent performances (unedited if possible) on Youtube, Vimeo or Soundcloud.  While there is no "audition" process for TPS per se, having an idea of where you are in your musical journey helps us to plan out a program that is challenging and rewarding for everyone.  If you have any questions about this part of the application (or if you record accessability accommodations of any sort), please don't hestitate to drop us an email:  tps@torqpercussion.ca. 

Financial information 

Tuition to TPS2020 is $550 CAD if registered and paid before April 1 (early-bird discount!), and $600 after April 1-May 1.  Tuition is payable to Stratford Summer Music, and includes all seminar activities as well as billeted accommodations.  There are also four $250 scholarships available, courtesy of Yamaha Canada Music. To apply for a scholarship, please confirm your interest on the registration form, and include a short statement (max 500 words) on why you'd be a good candidate for the scholarship. 

To begin the registration process, please click here. 

Questions about TPS? 

For information about programming, and eligibility/application requirements, please email Adam at tps@torqpercussion.ca
For information about billeting/accommodations or general questions about Stratford Summer Music, please email Lana Mau at
info@stratfordsummermusic.ca.