Clinics & Performances


The Academy frequently hosts a wide array of ensembles and performers. See some of our past engagements below! 

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All-West Percussion Mock Auditions

Receive comment sheets and feedback on your personal audition and attend masterclass' given by world-class educators.



All-West Percussion (Junior & Senior)


Auditions from 11:00-3:30

Masterclass with Dr. Shane Jones & Dr. Bill Shaltis 3:30-5:00



All-West Jazz (Drum Set & Auxilary Percussion

Auditions from 12:00-2:00


(Jazz Auditions will include personal feedback after their audition with the clinicians.)


guest Clinicians

Bill Shaltis Solo Percussion Recital


Works by Cangelosi, Shaltis, Elias, Wahlund, Perez

The Caixa Trio, Julie Hill, Julie Davila, and Amy Smith, was formed in 2000 and is a professional percussion ensemble based in Tennessee. The ensemble derives its name from the caixa, or snare drum, used in escolas de samba in Brazil. The Caixa Trio performs an eclectic repertoire including classical, contemporary, world, and rudimental percussion.

The trio was formed after three first year students at the University of Tennessee at Martin decided they wanted to play a trio piece. As they were in the process of getting the piece started, they started talking about actually forming a trio. Thus, ARC Percussion was formed. While the current form of ARC is a trio, the long term goal is to create a percussive group that is not limited to just trios.

James Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. Currently Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society

Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father that first started to play as a band in 2002. Corina plays flute and piccolo. Lia plays 7-string guitar. Elisa plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano.

Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine).

The music they play is called Choro which is a form of urban jazz native to Brazil that shares a similar feel with New Orleans jazz or ragtime or bluegrass. Choro das 3's mission is to revive the Choro tradition in Brazil, where they join several other young people in rediscovering this music, and to spread Choro around the world.