TAPS EAST COAST will take place at the Snow Pond Music Festival in Sidney, Maine from June 4 – 11, 2017. Our faculty will consist of Ted Atkatz, George Nickson, and Shaun Tilburg.

The Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar is a week-long percussion seminar, covering a wide variety of musical styles, instruments, and approaches. Our faculty will each give master classes, performances, and private lessons. Each participant will receive two (2) private lessons from the faculty members. Students will participate in percussion ensemble rehearsals, with a public performance at the end of the week. A mock audition will take place, with the winners receiving prizes from our sponsoring companies. Students will have an opportunity to get to know our faculty through working together musically, but also through shared meals and social outings.


Sidney, ME 04330

Application Requirements

Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. As the application process is on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early.

  1. Two letters of recommendation
  2. Non-refundable $75 application fee

Letters of recommendations should be sent directly to: glevinsky@snowpondmusicfestival.com

For additional assistance contact the Programs Coordinator, Gail Levinsky.



Tuition: $1295


Majestic Percussion

Zildjian Cymbals

Vic Firth

Black Swamp



Sunday June 4

Arrive at SPMF after 3pm


Monday June 5

8-9am Breakfast at the Lodge
10am Ted Atkatz Masterclass: Accessorize Yourself!
12pm Lunch
1pm Percussion Ensemble
5pm Jeff Mulvihill Masterclass: Behind The Scenes
6:00pm Dinner

Tuesday June 6

8-9am Breakfast
10am Shaun Tilburg Masterclass: The Regimen
12pm Lunch
1-4pm Private lessons
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
6:30-8pm George Nickson Masterclass: SERIOUSLY HARD Stuff
8pm Practice Time

Wednesday June 7

8-9am Breakfast
9am Trip to Vic Firth Factory
2pm Return to Camp
4pm Ultimate Frisbee
5pm Canoeing
6pm cookout


Thursday June 8

8-9am Breakfast
10am Practice
12pm Lunch
1pm Percussion Ensemble
3pm Ultimate Frisbee
5pm Review Session
6pm Cookout


Friday June 9

8-9am Breakfast
10am Mock Audition Prelims
1-4pm Private Lessons
5pm Faculty Recital
6pm Dinner


Saturday June 10

8-9am Breakfast
10am Mock Audition Finals
12pm Lunch
1pm Percussion Ensemble
3pm Percussion Ensemble Concert
4pm Awards ceremony
4:30pm Canoeing on Lake Messalonskee
5:30-6:30pm Dinner


Sunday June 11

8-9am Breakfast
Travel Day

Mock Audition Repertoire

snare drum

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Prokofiev: Lt. Kije

Schuman: Symphony #3

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade



Gershwin: Overture to Porgy and Bess

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Shostakovich: Polka from the Golden Age Ballet

Stravinsky: Firebird



Debussy: La Mer

Mozart: Magic Flute

Respighi: The Pines of Rome

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz



Bizet: Carmen Suite #1

Dvorak: Carnival Overture

Stravinsky: Petrushka



Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

Tchaikovsky: Overture to Romeo and Juliet

Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4


bass drum

Mahler: Symphony #3

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring