The TAPS LA MUSIC FESTIVAL  brings communities together through live music while enhancing the lives of young musicians in the process.


10 collegiate or post-collegiate participants will apprentice with professional musicians as they perform chamber music, take lessons, attend masterclasses, and participate in community outreach activities together, coaching local students in the Los Angeles area who are receiving music instruction for the first time.

AUGUST 1-14, 2021

All accepted in-person participants will receive free tuition!

Audition Deadline: June 15

Los Angeles
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In partnership with the Switzer Center and Hollywood Scoring Studios, the TAPS LA Music Festival will run from August 1-14, culminating in a series of five concerts. The festival will take place in-person, and accepted participants will be offered a fellowship covering tuition.




Timothy Adams

Chair of Percussion - University of Georgia


Wade Culbreath

Principal Timpani / Percussion - LA Chamber Orchestra, Studio Musician


Eric Hartwell

African and Latin Percussion Specialist


George Nickson

Principal Percussionist - Dallas Symphony


Ted Atkatz

The Colburn School, Lynn Conservatory, California State University: Long Beach


Greg Goodall

Principal Timpanist - LA Opera,

Studio Musician


Matthew Howard

Principal Percussionist - LA Philharmonic


Shaun Tilburg

Principal Percussionist - Phoenix Symphony


Application Details

Participants must be aged 18-32. 

All participants will receive a fellowship for free tuition, however the following fees are still applicable:

  • Housing Fee - $500

  • Comprehensive Fee - $375

In-person participants must submit an application and audition video to be considered for the festival. An audit option will also be available for remote participants to watch all masterclasses. (More details coming soon.) 



Videos need not be a single take. If circumstances limit access to certain instruments, you may submit a video without the repertoire for that instrument. Instructions to submit audition videos will be provided after you complete the application form and submit the fee. 

Auditions must be submitted online by June 15. 


J.S. Bach, Violin Partita in B minor, Sarabande (take repeats)

Contemporary Solo of Choice



Delecluse, Douze Etudes, #9

Pratt, The Pine Cone Forest



Dvorak: Carnival Overture, rehearsal T-end

Stravinsky: Petrushka


TIMPANI (if accessible)

Hochrainer: Etude #50 from Book #2



A 1-2 minute improvisation on a minimum of two instruments of choice

Application Form

After you submit the form, you will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to submit your video audition. To register to audit the program, please check back later for a separate form, or contact us directly.

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