All percussion majors receive 1 hr/week of one-on-one
instruction with Dr. Koshinski or Dr. Broscious, and students may craft their education by switching teachers each
semester/year depending on instrument and career focus. Students may
also decide to supplement their lessons with a focus on drum set with
Tom Palmer. In addition, a studio class comprised of all
percussionists meets weekly and functions as an outlet for master
classes, clinics, workshops and guest artist presentations.
Furthermore, the various percussion ensembles
are an integral part of the education of UD percussion students as well
as non-major percussionists.
UD Percussion Ensemble
The UD Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Koshinski, rehearses 4 hrs/week and performs 1-2 concerts per semester. This group performs a wide variety of literature including historically significant works; contemporary trends in percussion ensemble literature; world music; elements of popular music; and brand new works for percussion. he ensemble often features student members, faculty members and internationally acclaimed guest artists. In addition, the percussion faculty of UD frequently performs with the ensemble, offering the students a unique side-by-side experience. The Percussion Ensemble is open to all UD students (audition required) and typically has 15-20 members.
Graduate Percussion Group
Co-Directed by Dr. Koshinski and Dr. Broscious, the Graduate Percussion Group focuses on the performance of advanced chamber music at the highest level. The ensemble presents a full program each spring in addition to many presentations throughout the year at various venues locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The graduate students are coached by and perform closely with the faculty artists to present dynamic and diverse performances.
World Percussion Ensemble
The UD World Percussion Ensemble is open to all students and focuses on a hands-on exploration of percussion music and instruments from around the world. This may include focus of learning and performing in the following areas: Brazilian percussion, West-African percussion, Middle Eastern percussion, Cuban/Haitian percussion and Chinese percussion. The UD World Percussion Ensemble is open to all UD students.
Composed of undergraduate and graduate students, the UD Steel Bands are designed to explore the steel band repertoire from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as classical, jazz and pop genres arranged for steel band. The group performs concerts on campus as well as in the community. There are two steel bands: 1 beginning band (for those new to the instrument) and Delaware Steel, a performance-centric group. The UD Steel Bands are open to all UD students.