Percussion Ensemble | Webster University

Percussion Ensemble


Percussion Ensemble Student

This ensemble provides an opportunity for advanced high school students to challenge themselves with unique and advanced percussion ensemble music.  Students perform in a wide variety of ensemble settings including large and small keyboard mallet ensembles, ethnic/world percussion, and traditional battery based percussion ensembles. 

Members must meet the following criteria:  read music, play keyboard mallets (including 4-mallets), concert and rudimental snare drum, timpani, and auxilliary percussion instruments.  (Drum set experience is helpful, but not a requirement.)   

Online Application for Audition


Instruments: All percussion instruments
Ages: students entering grades 9-12
Application:  Application deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019 
Auditions:  Sunday, May 19, 2019  1:00 - 4:00 PM 

Audition Requirements:

The following is a list of suggested repertoire, however, you may play other appropriate material you have prepared on keyboard, snare drum and timpani.

Suggested Repertoire:

Snare Drum: Any of the Cirone Portraits in Rhythm or Whaley Audition Etudes
Mallet/Keyboard:  All Major/minor scales and arpeggios.  Any 2- or 4- mallet solo, for example those on the MSHSAA Solo and Ensemble list.
Timpani:  Saul Goodman etudes and excerpts or Whaley Audition Etudes

Students will be selected based on musicality, technique, and competence within a concert percussion setting.  A letter will be sent upon acceptance.

 Fees:  $464 for the two-semester program

  • $30 non-refundable registration fee assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.
  • Upon acceptance, tuition is billed in October.  Limited tuition assistance is available.

REHEARSALS:  Sundays, 1-3pm, at the CMS Center, 535 Garden Ave:
*NOTE: one excused absence allowed per semester; dress rehearsal attendance is mandatory
Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 8 (dress rehearsal: 1-5pm),
Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb 16, March 1, March 22, March 29 (dress rehearsal: 1-5pm)

2019-2020 Concerts
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 7pm (onstage rehearsal 2pm)
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7pm (onstage rehearsal 2pm)

Erin Elstner, conductor

Erin ElstnerB.M. in Percussion Performance at Mannes College of Music/The New School University in New York City and Music Education certification from the University of Missouri-St.Louis graduating summa cum laude Bio: Began her teaching career at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School and later taught at New York's Third Street Music Settlement and Carnegie Hall as a Teaching Artist, and the Taichung School of Arts and Music in Taiwan, Erin Elstner Percussion Studio and co-director of The Strike Institute; currently Professor of Percussion for the Webster University Department of Music and conductor of the Webster University Percussion Ensemble, hosting numerous clinics with internationally reknowned artists; performance achievements include playing percussion with the International Women's Brass Conference, Glen Velez, De La Guarda at the VH-1 Fashion Awards, Peter Cetera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, the Bach Society, the Muny, the Grateful Dead Tribute concert and Motown at the Fox and drumset for the Asian tour of Broadway Revue 'Bright Lights! Broadway!'. Along with being a freelance percussionist in New York, played in the new music group Synchronia, world music group the Sambistas, Brazilian group the Sambanditos, drumset and percussion with the blues band Hazmat Modine, vibraphone and percussion for the band Champale and drumset with the rock band RED; has recorded numerous albums and has played with rock, blues and pop bands, including Clem Snide, David Garza, Kill Henry Sugar and Bambi Kino; has taught for 20 years and is currently a freelance performer and adjudicator in the St. Louis area. Erin is endorsed by the Zildjian Company.

Resources for Prospective Students:

Resources for Current Students:

2018-2019 Percussion Ensemble Handbook
2018-2019 Contract of Participation
2018-2019 Schedule