Department of Music - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Percussion Studio

Instructor: Dr. Ksenija Komljenović

Classes in Percussion

Applied Lessons (majors and minors)

Individual instruction centers on building a solid foundation for exquisite musicianship. We focus on studying standard masterworks, exploring exciting new music, and cultivating every student’s personal voice.

Students who take Applied Lessons also attend our weekly studio class.

Studio Class (majors and minors)

Our weekly gathering provides the students with the opportunity to perform in solo and chamber music settings, as well as witness Dr. Komljenović teach masterclasses on topics such as interpretation, practicing, repertoire, and more.

In 2019/2020, our visiting artist roster included Casey Cangelosi (renowned composer and Assistant Professor of Percussion at James Madison University), Mitya Nilov (Concert Artist Guild winner), Cameron Leach (Percussive Arts Society International Solo Artist Competition winner), William Kaufman (NCPA Orchestra, Beijing), Matthew Nichols (Director of Percussion Studies at Florida Atlantic University), William Brown (New York International Percussion Competition winner), Peter White (TROMP International Competition semi-finalist), and Antoni Olesik (winner of International Marimba Festiva Competition in Bamberg and International Vibraphone Competition in Luxembourg).

Percussion Ensemble (majors and minors)

Chamber music is the bedrock of a percussionist’s musical experience at TAMUCC. By focusing on programming small chamber music works, this course allows for the development of finest communication, collaboration, and listening skills. Most students participate in a minimum of two chamber music groups per semester.

Studies in Pedagogy (majors)
This course helps the students familiarize with the philosophy, materials, and methods for teaching instruments in an applied studio setting.

Studies in Repertoire (majors)
This course introduces students to the historical outline of primary percussion solo, chamber ensemble, concerto, and orchestral literature.

Performance Opportunities

Solo and chamber music is performed in:

• Studio class

• Student recital class (a weekly, department-wide event where students perform in the Performing Arts Center)

• Solo recital

• Percussion Ensemble concert (every semester)

• Annual tour (visit to local high schools)

• State of the University event (performing as part of Islander Steel Band)

• other local events and festivals

To find out more about the audition process please click here.