Tócalo Tucson

Tócalo Tucson is a new chamber percussion seminar hosted by the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music.
Applications are now being accepted!
Join us for the inaugural year of this new chamber percussion experience.

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Tócalo Tucson is a week-long chamber percussion seminar held at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona June 3 – 9, 2018.

Over the course of six days, program participants will work closely with faculty in small chamber settings preparing notable works for performance on a dedicated concert in Crowder Concert Hall, June 9th, 2018.

The daily schedule will include two to three different rehearsal blocks, and a masterclass presented by one of the faculty, or guest artists. Over the course of the week, private lessons will also be provided to participants, and optional group hikes, and visits to local Tucson landmarks will also occur. Of course, there will be personal practice time throughout the day!


Any financial donations to Tócalo Tucson help to keep our tuition costs as low as possible. All donations go directly to offset the cost of student tuition, instrument maintenance, and faculty involvement. Please contact tocalotucson@gmail.com with any questions, or to facilitate a donation.

Thank you for your support of Tócalo Tucson and the performance of live chamber percussion music in Tucson! We hope to see you at one of our two closing seminar concerts (June 8th and 9th, 7:30pm, Crowder Concert Hall, Fred Fox School of Music).

This appearance of Majestic Percussion Artist Casey Cangelosi has been made possible, in part through an Educational Grant from Majestic Percussion.

Friends of Tócalo

Interested in watching rehearsals and master classes at Tócalo Tucson? The Friends of Tócalo Pass will allow access to non-participants to observe any and all of the rehearsals and master classes, plus the pre-festival party on Sunday, June 3 at 5pm! Friends of Tócalo pass holders are also permitted to perform on the work, “Arizona Fantasy.” This is an improvisation piece directed by Bill Cahn and will be performed on our closing night concert, Saturday, June 9th, 7:30pm in Crowder Hall, FFSoM.

The Friends of Tócalo Pass is only $150 and space is limited, so get yours today! By following the link below, you will be taken to RegOnline.com to process your payment.



Participants will be placed in small chamber groups, partaking in extensive daily rehearsals with program faculty to prepare works for public performance. Historical context and perspectives will also be taught in conjunction with the works themselves, providing for participants an immersive chamber music experience.

Repertoire will be selected by faculty members, and parts made available to participants well in advance of the program commencement.

Newly composed works by Casey Cangelosi and Bill Cahn will also be rehearsed and premiered by seminar participants during the program!

Daily master-classes on specific topics will be offered by Morris Palter, Bill Cahn, and Casey Cangelosi, and 30 minute private lessons will also be offered to program participants included with their tuition fee.

2019 Distinguished Faculty & Guest Artists


Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt

Program Coordinator
Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh

Faculty Liaison
Tiffney Johnson

Tiffney Johnson

Special Events Coordinator

2019 Repertoire to be Performed TBD
Check back soon!


Masterclasses are held from 4 – 5pm in the Music Building, Room 170.

  • Monday, June 4th – Bill Cahn (Triangle and Cymbals)
  • Tuesday, June 5th – Casey Cangelosi (Interpretation and Musicality)
  • Wednesday, June 6th – Morris Palter (Reconciling Complex Ratios and Polyrhythms)
  • Thursday, June 7th – Bill Cahn (History of NEXUS)
  • Friday, June 8th – Casey Cangelosi (Timing Coordination)

NOTE: If you’d like to attend ALL of the Tócalo Tucson Masterclasses, plus all rehearsals, the opening night party, and the finale concert, please consider the Friends of Tócalo pass instead.



Tócalo Tucson accepts participants from every culture and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, or physical disability in providing its seminars, lessons, master-classes, and performances.


There are no official application deadlines. However, only the first 18 accepted applicants are guaranteed enrollment. Remaining applicants will be placed on a waitlist.


Tuition for Tócalo Tucson 2018 is one thousand and seventy-five dollars ($1,075), which includes on-campus double-occupancy housing through University of Arizona Housing and Residential Life.

Tuition for those providing their own housing is seven hundred and seventy-five dollars ($775). Please note, however, participants will likely be on campus early in the morning, and will occasionally stay late at night. Be sure to take this into consideration when deciding on your housing option.

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.

A down payment of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250 USD) is due two weeks following official acceptance into the program. This down payment is required to reserve a position for accepted applicants. As there is no application deadline, in the event of a missed down payment, the festival reserves the right to offer a position to the next waitlisted applicant.

  • $1,075 - chamber program participants (includes all master-classes and lessons, AND campus housing)
  • $775 - chamber program participants (includes all master-classes and lessons, housing NOT included)
  • $30 - PER individual master-class only (for non-program participants)

Please note, all participants are responsible for transportation to and from Tucson, AZ. The Tucson airport is roughly a 20-minute cab/Uber ride to campus.

Mike Balter Mallets Tuition Scholarship Award - $150

Mike Balter, of Mike Balter Mallets, will be awarding a $150 scholarship to attend the Tócalo Tucson Percussion Seminar. Applicants must submit a letter of application to be considered for this scholarship. Through this letter of application, Mike Balter will determine who shall receive this tuition scholarship. Specifically, your letter should address what do you hope to gain from your experience at the seminar?

The official awarding of this scholarship will occur during the closing night concert of the festival.

Mapex/Majestic Tuition
Scholarship - $150

Mapex/Majestic will provide a $150 scholarship award for Tocalo Tucson! Application details soon to come! 

Pearl/Adams Tuition Scholarship – $150

Pearl/Adams will provide a $150 scholarship award for Tocalo Tucson! Application details soon to come!

Audition Requirements

  • One letter of recommendation from a qualified person (teacher of notable stature, national or international)
  • At least one online link to a solo, or chamber performance of any kind (include with your online application)
  • Current Resume – be sure to list all musical experience (include with your online application)

Your letter of reference can be emailed directly to tocalotucson@gmail.com

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