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!

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble Season! See below for audition / application requirements.

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

[Updated 6/23/22] View the current MYE COVID-19 vaccination policy (this policy currently applies to the upcoming 2022-23 MYE Season)

Doug Perkins headshotCO-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.

Ian Antonio headshotCO-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.

MYPE 2022-23 Season ScheduleMYPE 2022-23 Season Schedule

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

Those interested in auditioning for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble Season should prepare the following materials. For questions about applications, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at

IMPORTANT NOTE: To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all MYPE auditions will be digital. See below for specifics on uploading your audition materials.


Students interested in the MYPE should prepare the following materials for a video audition. Students should submit one continuous video that includes the following requirements:

  • A classical solo that demonstrates the best level of both technical and expressive ability.
  • Pre-selected excerpts that will be available via the SMTD Engagement & Outreach Office. Please contact them via email to obtain the excerpts for your instrument.

Students interested in the Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Percussion Ensemble are now open! 


Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis following the May 1, 2022, priority deadline. Feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email ( if you have any questions.

2022-2023 Tuition
MYPE Participant – $315.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $315.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

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

Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 11, 2022). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Contact SMTD’s Engagement & Outreach Office via email at or by 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

MYE 2022-2023 Participant & Family Policy Handbook

To report a planned absence, complete the ONLINE MYE ABSENCE FORM. Please submit all forms at least one week before the planned date of absence.

updated 5/31/22