Camps & Workshops

Each summer, Alma College hosts a number of music-related camps and workshops, such as the Percussion Workshop. This camp brings students from across the midwest and internationally renowned guest clinicians to campus.

This year’s camp will be held July 12-18. Online registration is now open.

Alma College Percussion Workshop

This year’s workshop will feature hands-on classes on all facets of contemporary percussion. Topics include orchestral percussion, solo percussion repertoire, timpani, keyboards, steel pans, Latin percussion and drumset. Students also attend a concert by the Alma College Percussion Ensemble and a clinic by renowned percussionist Mike Mainieri. The workshop is taught by current and former members of the Alma College Percussion Studio and is under the direction of Dave Zerbe, the Paul Cameron Russell Associate Professor of Music and director of bands and percussion studies at Alma College. Hands-on participation is a vital part of the daily schedule and all participants perform in variety of settings, such as:

Percussion Ensemble:

Percussion Workshop students perform Stephen A. Martin’s “Opus Zero”

Steel Drum Band:

Percussion Workshop students perform “Cha Cha Sandwich”

And A Marimba Ensemble:

Percussion Workshop students perform Mozart’s “Gran Partita”

This year’s workshop takes place from July 12th-18th. Students may either stay on campus or commute. On-campus participants are given three meals per day and are housed in an Alma College residence hall under the supervision of staff and chaperones. Commuters are given two meals per day: lunch and dinner. For information on the percussion workshop, please contact the Alma College Percussion Studio for more information: