Percussion Ensemble - NIU - School of Music

Ensembles

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Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble is the principal vehicle through which NIU percussion majors are afforded the experience of chamber music.  The ensemble works on a three-semester rotation:

  1. World Music – performances geared toward the development of an awareness of percussion cultures around the world, done primarily in an oral tradition
  2. Keyboard Percussion – compositions chosen that provide ample opportunity for percussionists to hone skills in mallet performance, including improvisation skills
  3. Classical and Contemporary Literature – program chosen that exposes percussionists to the classic works of the genre, plus new works that push the medium ever forward