Percussion Scholarship Program



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The Percussion Scholarship Program offers intensive, individual and group instruction on a full scholarship basis.

The Percussion Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for new members for the 2015/16 season! Use the links below to download the application. If you have any questions, please get in touch with James Hall at 312-294-3803.

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Participating students, all Chicago residents in grades 4–12, are selected for the group through a rigorous application and personal interview process.

As an ensemble, the Percussion Scholarship Program has had numerous compositions arranged especially for them by nationally known artists. The group has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, performs twice annually at Symphony Center and has appeared at Macy's Day of Music, DePaul University, the Chicago Cultural Center, on WTTW, on WGN and WFMT radio, and as soloists with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of CSO Youth Concerts, the Kraft Family Matinee series and Welcome Yule! Concerts.

Patricia DashThe Percussion Scholarship Program was launched in 1995 and is directed by CSO percussionist Patricia Dash and Douglas Waddell, percussionist with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Latest Percussion Scholarship Program

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

"Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 has been our biggest challenge to date... This is such an exciting and tremendous performance of one of the great works of our time. We hope you enjoy it!" - Doug Waddell

Prokofiev Medley

"This video is our performance of a medley of Prokofiev's best music! This arrangement by Cliff Colnot includes excerpts from his 1st and 5th symphonies, the sword scene from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, and the march from his opera Love for Three Oranges." — Doug Waddell

Ginastera Estancia

"This performance of Estancia on the main stage of Orchestra Hall in front of a packed house was one of our most memorable events ever! Cliff Colnot’s arrangement is something very special and after hearing it we hope you feel the same." — Doug Waddell