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Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble

The Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble (MYPE) welcomes percussionists from across the region to work with U-M Percussion faculty and graduate students in engaging, percussion-ensemble repertoire. MYPE students will gain experience on a variety of percussion instruments, as well as performing twice a season in a variety of performance halls of the University of Michigan campus, including Hill Auditorium!

MYPE Announcements

(1/26/23) Info Session on MYE’s 2023-2024 Season!

Interested in joining MYE for our next exciting season? SMTD will be hosting informational sessions for interested students and their families on Sunday, February 19th. Click here to R.S.V.P Today!

(12/15/22) Applications for MYPE’s 2023-2024 Season are now open!

See the “Auditions | Eligibility” and “Tuition | Fees | Scholarship” sections below for more information on MYPE’s 2023-2024 Season. Feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email (smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu) if you have any questions.

Rehearsal Information

Time: Sundays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, E. V. Moore Building
(U-M North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Season Schedule

*NOTE: Dates and times for MYPE 2022-23 Season Events are subject to change

Faculty

CO-DIRECTOR – DOUG PERKINS
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies

Doug Perkins is a percussionist, producer, and conductor declared a “percussion virtuoso” by the New York Times. He has appeared at venues of all types including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Alaskan Tundra. Perkins premiered over 100 works and with such composers as David Lang, Paul Lansky, John Luther Adams, Tristan Perich, Christian Wolff, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Steve Reich. He founded So Percussion, the Meehan/ Perkins Duo, and performs regularly with Ensemble Signal, among others. Perkins’ acclaimed recordings can be heard on the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Harmonia Mundi, New Focus, New World, and Nonesuch labels.

Perkins is Associate Professor of Percussion/ Director of Percussion at the University of Michigan. He previously taught at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Dartmouth College, and was Director of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar and endorses Black Swamp Percussion, Pearl/ Adams, Remo, Vic Firth, and Zildjian instruments, sticks, and mallets.


CO-DIRECTOR – IAN ANTONIO
Assistant Professor of Percussion

Percussionist Ian Antonio’s breadth of experience – concertizing across four continents with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras, experimental rock bands, avant-garde theatre companies, and as a soloist, conductor, and educator – has led him to develop a unique sound and approach to both performing and teaching. Ian is a co-director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a collective of composers, performers and improvisers dedicated to adventurous music-making. He is also a member of the percussion ensemble Talujon and a former founding member of the piano percussion quartet Yarn/Wire and Zs. His playing is frequently featured at prestigious venues across the globe, including Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican Centre, and Shanghai Symphony Hall. Ian’s recorded performances can be heard on over 50 albums released by the Nonesuch, Carrier, Kairos, Warp, Tzadik, and Unseen Worlds record labels, among many others.

Auditions | Eligibility

Applications for Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble’s 2023-2024 Season Auditions are due by

11:59 P.M. SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2023

Applications are now available for the 2023-2024 Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble Season! In order to audition / apply, students must complete the following steps.

2023-2024 MICHIGAN YOUTH PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the 2023-2024 Michigan Youth Ensembles Application via the button below.
  • Select your preferred audition time from the options listed on the application. Auditions for MYPE will be held IN-PERSON in the Earl V. Moore Music Buidling on Saturday, April 15, 2023.Students will receive their assigned audition date and time on Friday, April 7, 2023.
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify based on financial need (contact Engagement & Outreach Staff for more information).
  • Prepare specific audition materials based for an in-person audition (click HERE for percussion requirememts).

    ELIGIBILITY
    Students interested in the Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    For questions about applications, audition requirements, or the audition process, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

    Tuition | Fees | Scholarships

    Participant – $330.00
    Non-refundable application fee – $30

    A discounted tuition rate of $330.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

    NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP
    A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

    • Monthly Expenses
    • Previous Year’s Tax Return
    • Statement of Need

    REFUND POLICY
    Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first regularly scheduled rehearsal of the current concert season. Those wishing to learn more about the MYE Refund Policy can do so by clicking here: SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

    Contact Us

    email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu
    phone at (734) 936-2660

    DURING MYE SEASON (approx. September – March) Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

    • Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

    OUT OF SEASON (approx. March – August) Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

    • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

    Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors phone lines during the following hours, regardless of the time of year

    • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

    updated 12/15/22