Northland Timpani Summit

Are you a timpanist aspiring to hone your approach to excerpts, audition-taking, and refining your sound? The Northland Timpani Summit is for you. Hosted in MacPhail’s gorgeous and acoustically excellent Antonello hall, our 2020 session will be a 5-day intensive (June 28 – July 2). And I’m thrilled that our guest artist will be one of my most influential teachers: John Tafoya, director of percussion at IU, former principal timpanist of the National Symphony, superstar and all around badass musician!

I’ll also have a ton of my custom timpani mallets available to try. We’ll dig deep into all aspects of professional timpani and auditioning, including sessions on: Timpani Fundamentals and Technique, Developing and Refining Your Sound, Timpani Head Mounting and Clearing, Deliberate Practice, Audition Preparation and Strategy, Peak Performance Psychology, and much more.

Attendees will also be encouraged to perform excerpts from the core timpani repertoire for the group in a masterclass format. And we’re including several evening dinners/hangs with area pros and expert auditioners, giving students the opportunity for a relaxed hang and sharing of different perspectives.

Moreover, the Deliberate Practice Bootcamp is included in the cost of registration! Open to all instrumentalists, the Deliberate Practice Bootcamp evolved out of a one-of-a-kind semester-long class which I teach at New York University. While that course was years in the making, Bootcamp attendees will get the “best of” material distilled into two intense evenings. The Bootcamp will refine your practice room process, crafting efficient practicing as the cornerstone of your effective timpani auditioning process.

Please consider joining us in Minneapolis this July!

REGISTER for the Northland Timpani Summit

Northland Timpani Summit Testimonials:

“This is Top Gun for timpani!”
~Dean Borghesani — former guest artist, and principal timpanist of the Milwaukee Symphony

“Jason’s Timpani Summit made a HUGE difference in how I tackle the audition process. I credit the implementation of Jason’s deliberate practice and organizational concepts as major factors in my recent audition successes. The detail of the presentation — in both theory and execution — taught me so much and gave me all the information I needed to tailor together a vastly more effective preparation process.”
~Alex Wadner — principal timpanist, Chattanooga Symphony; former principal timpanist, New World Symphony

“The Northland Timpani Summit was one of the most beneficial seminars I’ve ever attended. It gave me the tools to overcome self doubt and revolutionize my practice. After attending the seminar, I advanced at 4 auditions in a row from not advancing at all, and was able to effectively apply the knowledge in preparation for 7 auditions.”
~Alex Artale — principal timpanist, Boise Philharmonic

find out more about Northland’s companion:
the Artful Timpani Auditioning Seminar

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