Tócalo Tucson

THANK YOU to all of our 2019 Tócalo Tucson participants and guest artists! Four world premieres, multiple works composed by Matthew Burtner, Anders Astrand, and Bob Becker, all performed by our 16 resident percussionists. Add some ragtime, solo marimba and vibraphone works, private lessons, and tons of informal hangs with all of our guests – all creating a real “laboratory of learning” at Tócalo this past year, culminating in two dedicated concerts. A special thanks to all of our audience members – we loved performing for you, and we hope to see you at some of our upcoming “Tócalo Tangents” concerts coming your way SOON! SO many wonderful things in the works for 2020! Stay tuned for guest artist and upcoming concert announcements! Morris Palter – Tócalo Tucson, director

 

Tócalo Tucson is a chamber percussion and composition seminar hosted by the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music

Directed by Morris Palter
Please join us June 5th – 13th, 2020 for our Third Annual Festival
Details to be announced soon – please check back

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ABOUT

About

Tócalo Tucson is a week-long chamber percussion and composition seminar held at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona in Tucson. For 2020, dates are June 5 – 13. Guest artist updates coming soon! 

In conjunction with our Chamber Percussion Program, Tócalo Tucson 2020 will again feature the “On the Precipice” Composition Residency Program. Please see all the details under the “PROGRAMS” header. Our 2020 composition faculty member will be announced soon! 

Over the course of eight days, program participants will work closely with faculty in small chamber settings preparing notable works for performance on two dedicated concerts in Crowder Concert Hall, Friday, June 12th (“On the Precipice” Composition Residency Concert), and Saturday, June 13th (Tócalo Tucson Chamber Percussion Concert), 2020. These concerts are FREE admission. 

The daily schedule will include two to three different rehearsal blocks, and a masterclass presented by one of our 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!

Support

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 12th and 13th, 2020, 7:30pm, Crowder Concert Hall, Fred Fox School of Music).

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 Friday, May 31st at 5:30pm! This pass is available to those interested in either the Chamber Percussion Program, or the “On the Precipice” Composition Program.

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.

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PROGRAMS

Chamber Percussion Program – Participants will be placed in small chamber groups, partaking in extensive daily rehearsals with program guest artists 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.

Participants can expect up to five hours of rehearsals per day. Daily masterclasses will also be presented by the guest artists (Bob Becker, Anders Astrand, and Matthew Burtner). Each participant will also receive a 30 minute private lesson from one of the guest artists. Evening rehearsals are sometimes programmed, but there will be time for personal practice.

Repertoire will be selected by faculty members, and parts made available to participants by May 10th, 2019.

Composition Residency Program  – Limited to four (4) composition residents, each will be invited to have a new work premiered at Tócalo Tucson via our new “On the Precipice” residency program, directed by Matthew Burtner (experimentalist, innovator in computer music, and a pioneer of ecoacoustics). Burtner’s collaboration with the field of percussion is long and well established, having composed dozens of works for percussion over the past 20 years (please see Matthew Burtner’s bio for more information).

The “On the Precipice” residency program seeks to showcase composers in the hopes of discovering imaginative forms of music that may be unfamiliar to audiences but speak to an emerging 21st century aesthetic of pluralism and inclusivity, a new kind of creative avant-garde based on DIY imaginative music-making. Specifically, we encourage young composers to explore avant-garde approaches to music focused on a 21st century imaginative practice – the “edges” of music, where it meets society, science, environment, technology, etc.

Composers in residence at Tócalo Tucson will will work closely with Matthew Burtner throughout their residency, receiving private composition lessons, and coachings, as well as blocks of rehearsal time with chamber percussion program participants in preparation of the world premiere performance of their new work on June 7th, 2019 in Crowder Hall at the Fred Fox School of Music (University of Arizona).

Daily Master-Classes on specific topics will be offered to all program participants by Bob Becker, Anders Astrand, and Matthew Burtner, and 30 minute private lessons will also be offered to program participants included with their tuition fee.

2019 Distinguished Faculty & Guest Artists

Administration

Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt

Program Coordinator
Jacob Ransom

Jacob Ransom

Faculty Liaison
Tiffney Johnson

Tiffney Johnson

Special Events Coordinator

2019 Tócalo Tucson Repertoire

Unseen Child – Bob Becker Gigue – Anders Astrand
Turning Point – Bob Becker Metroplex – Anders Astrand
Water Lillies – Bob Becker Ensemble No. 10 – Anders Astrand
Novelty Ragtime Tunes: Mists – Matthew Burtner
  The Graveyard Blues Mvts from Six Quintets – Matthew Burtner
  Castle Valse Classique Four World Premieres from our Composition Program!
  Alabama Moon  
  Caprice Valsante  

Clinics

Clinics are held in the Fred Fox School of Music Music, Room 170.

 

  • Sunday, June 2nd – Anders Astrand –  Improvisation (The Best Tool for Deeper Music Making) – 1:30pm
  • Monday, June 3rd – Bob Becker – The Paradoxes of Percussion – 4pm
  • Tuesday, June 4th – Matthew Burtner – Composing for Percussion – 4pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th – Anders Astrand – Vibraphone – The Instrument with a Pedal (Pedal Dampening Ideas, and Other Tools for Color) – 4pm
  • Thursday, June 7th – Bob Becker – Xylophone History and Performance Practice – 4pm

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

APPLICATION

Disclaimer

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.

Deadlines

Chamber Percussion Program - The official deadline to apply to the Tócalo Tucson chamber percussion program is May 1st, 2019. A total of 18 percussionists will be admitted to the program (accepted in the order of applications received and accepted). After the first 18 percussion participants are admitted and have paid their deposit, further applicants will be put on the wait list for admissions. Applicants will be notified of their official admittance into the program not later that two weeks after their application is officially received via our online application process. 

"On the Precipice" Composition Residency Program - The official deadline for the Tócalo Tucson "On the Precipice" composition residency program is February 15th. Applicants will be notified of their official admittance into the program by February 20th, including the details of their commissioned work for Tócalo Tucson (trio, quartet, quintet, etc). The first draft of your commissioned work must be received by April 10th, with workable parts and score available for circulation to the percussionists by May 1st.

Tuition

Tuition for both the Chamber Percussion Program and the "On the Precipice" Composition Program for Tócalo Tucson is eight hundred dollars ($800). Housing can be provided through University of Arizona Housing and Residential Life directly beside the Fred Fox School of Music. Tuition and Housing will cost a total of one thousand and one hundred dollars ($1,100). This is for a double-occupancy room. 

Please note 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 three hundred dollars ($300 USD) is due two weeks following official acceptance into either program. This down payment is required to reserve a position for accepted applicants. In the event of a missed down payment, the festival reserves the right to offer a position to the next waitlisted applicant. Your final payment is due no later than May 15th. 

  • $1,100 - chamber and composition program participants (includes all master-classes and lessons, AND campus housing)
  • $800 - chamber and composition program participants (includes all master-classes and lessons, housing NOT included)
  • $30 - PER individual master-class only (for non-program participants)
  • $150 - Friends of Tócalo Pass (includes attending all master-classes, open rehearsals, and opening night party) - open to interested parties of either the composition or chamber programs. 

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.

Sabian Cymbals Tuition Scholarship Award - $150

Sabian Cymbals will be awarding a $150 scholarship to attend the 2019 Tócalo Tucson Percussion Seminar. Applicants must submit a letter of application to be considered for this scholarship. Your letter should address what do you hope to gain from your experience at the seminar. Guest Artists will determine who shall receive this tuition scholarship. The official awarding of this scholarship will occur during the closing night concert of the festival.

Black Swamp Tuition Scholarship Award – $150

Black Swamp Percussion will be awarding a $150 scholarship to attend the 2019 Tócalo Tucson Percussion Seminar. Applicants must submit a letter of application to be considered for this scholarship. Your letter should address what do you hope to gain from your experience at the seminar. Guest Artists will determine who shall receive this tuition scholarship. The official awarding of this scholarship will occur during the closing night concert of the festival.

Audition Requirements - Chamber Percussion Program

  • 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

Audition Requirements - "On the Precipice" Composition Program

  • Please submit two or three examples of your creative work (at least one percussion-related work would be helpful to submit, but not mandatory). Applicants should do their best to showcase the most experimental and creative side to their artistic work. Please send a link to download materials (dropbox, googledrive, hightail, box, etc). These can be pdf scores, audio files, or links to videos online.

  • One letter of recommendation from a qualified person (teacher of notable stature, national or international).
  • 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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