Percussion

PercussionThe Sunderman Conservatory of Music Percussion Ensemble performs a wide variety of literature, including works by seminal composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich, Alan Hovhannes, Lou Harrison, and George Crumb. The group has also premiered new music by world percussionist and composer N. Scott Robinson.

The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Instructor of Percussion Jonathan Bisesi, and includes percussion majors and minors from the Sunderman Conservatory, as well as other instrumentalists and vocalists, and students with appropriate experience who are majoring outside of music.  The ensemble rehearses for two hours each week, and performs each semester. Rehearsals and performances are held in Gettysburg's historic Majestic Theater.

The Percussion Ensemble has performed with a number of other Gettysburg College groups, including the Conservatory Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Ensemble; the Gettysburg Gamelan; and the Bollywood-Bhangra Dance Ensemble.  Guest artists have included N. Scott Robinson, K.S. Resmi, and Babatunde Lea.

Works recently programmed by the Percussion Ensemble include:

IV - Johanna Magdalena Beyer
Akadinda Trio - Emmanuel Séjourné
Bolero - Maurice Ravel, arr. Brett Carvolth and Claire Deborde
Children's Songs - Chick Corea, arr. David Steinquest
Clapping Music - Steve Reich
Clapping Music Variations - Glenn Kotche
Dance Music for Elfrid Ide - John Cage
Daybreak - Jack Stamp
Dining Room Music - Rupert Kettle
Elusive One - Steve Pemberton
Fanfare for Tambourines - John Alfieri
Forever and Sunsmell - John Cage
¿Ghanaba Celebration - N. Scott Robinson
Gymel - William Duckworth
In Praise of Johnny Appleseed - Lou Harrison
Le Papillon - Richard LeVan
Mitsue - John Wyre
Music for Pieces of Wood -Steve Reich
October Mountain - Alan Hovhaness
On the Woodpile - Harry Breuer, arr. Karen Ervin Pershing
Pacific Sirens - Robert Erickson
Pling IV - Axel Fries
Taiko Night - Daniel William Boothe
The Hat Don't Talk - David Mancini
Unto the Hills (All the Pretty Little Horses, Ten Thousand Miles, Down in the Valley/Hush Little Baby) - George Crumb
Wart Hog #3  - Austin Wrinkle