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Experienced musicians and percussion students alike are invited to attend the first-ever Two Rivers Timpani Summit in summer 2018.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh percussion professor Alison Shaw is collaborating with University of Tennessee-Memphis professor William Shaltis to curate a comprehensive timpani education program for percussionists from all around the U.S.

The summit, taking place June 15–17 on the UW Oshkosh campus, will consist of immersive masterclasses, clinics and performances. Participants will gain knowledge in fundamentals, sound concepts, maintenance, orchestral and wind ensemble interpretation and solo repertoire.

“The UWO percussion department is a respected and well-established program, and our facilities and resources make it a great fit for this kind of event,” Shaw said. “Participants can enjoy the hospitality of our great campus and see the beauty of Oshkosh as part of their experience.”

Clinicians leading the timpani summit come from several major university programs and nationally renowned orchestras and ensembles.

This year, the Two Rivers Timpani Summit touts special guest clinician John Tafoya to lead many of the educational sessions and exercises. Tafoya serves as chairman of the percussion department and is a professor of percussion at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Previously, he served as principal timpanist for the National Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious orchestras throughout his professional career.

“Participants will get to ‘hang out’ with timpani specialists from three college programs, whose collective wealth of experience, knowledge and musical energy is priceless,” Shaw said.

Other topics being covered at the summit include ear training and intonation; legato, staccato, roll concepts and hand muting; pedaling; phrasing and etudes; mallet consideration, selection and wrapping; timpani care and maintenance; and orchestral, wind ensemble and solo repertoire.

For more information, contact the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education at or call (920) 424-1129.

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