Percussion Symposium

Saturday, March 11, 2023
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

The Illinois Percussion Symposium will includes master classes on orchestral percussion: snare drum, timpani, accessory instruments (bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, castanets), and percussion section playing, as well as solo mallet keyboard, drum set, and Afro-Cuban world percussion. Participants may submit repertoire proposals to perform in any of the master classes.

There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. 

Schedule (subject to change)

8:30am                 Registration
9-9:50am             Snare drum (RF)
10-10:50am        Timpani (WM)
11-11:50am        Accessories
12-12:45pm        Orchestral Sectional
12:45-1pm          KPCA Tour of FGH, TFT, and Percussion Areas
1-2:30pm            Lunch Break
2:30-3:20pm      Keyboard (WM)
3:30-4:20pm      Drum Set (RF)
4:30-5:45pm      World Percussion (RF)
5:45-6pm            Conclusion


William Moersch is internationally renowned as a marimba virtuoso, chamber and symphonic percussionist, recording artist, and educator. He has appeared as soloist with symphonic orchestras and in recital throughout North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and Australia. A regularly featured artist at international percussion festivals, he has performed on more than seventy recordings and is perhaps best known for commissioning much of the prominent modern repertoire for marimba, from composers including Irwin Bazelon, Richard Rodney Bennett, Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Libby Larsen, Steven Mackey, Akemi Naito, Roger Reynolds, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, John Serry, Andrew Thomas, Alejandro Viñao, James Wood, and Charles Wuorinen. In addition, he was the first marimbist ever to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship and has also been honored by N.E.A. Recording and Consortium Commissioning grants.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Illinois in 1998, Mr. Moersch was a free-lance musician in New York City for over two decades. He performed with the American Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, New York City Opera, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, as a featured soloist in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance, and on numerous motion picture soundtracks. Mr. Moersch also created graduate degree programs in marimba performance at the Peabody Conservatory and Rutgers University and has presented master classes throughout the world. Currently, he is Principal Timpanist of Sinfonia da Camera and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of New Music Marimba, on the Percussive Arts Society's Board of Advisors, and an Artist Endorser for Pearl Drums / Adams Percussion, SABIAN cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, and Innovative Percussion mallets.


As artist, performer, and educator, percussionist Ricardo Flores has been captivating audiences for years playing classical percussion, drum set, and world percussion in orchestral, chamber, jazz, pop, Latin and many other musical settings. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 where he holds the title of Associate Professor on the Percussion Faculty specializing in drum set and Latin percussion and directs the Steel Band / World Percussion Ensemble.

Flores has appeared with numerous groups and artists including the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jack Shantz Jazz Unit, the Akron Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Ballet and Opera Orchestras, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, the Symphony of Southwest Florida, the Florida Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin, Diane Shuur, Tony Bennett, Alex Acuña, Hal Linden, Mitzi Gaynor, Louie Bellson, Terry Gibbs, the Four Freshmen, Jiggs Whigham, Victor Mendoza, John Riley, Howard Johnson, Vernon Reid, John Faddis and Peter Erskine.

Currently Principal Percussionist of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and the Sinfonia da Camera, Ricardo also plays drums and Latin percussion with various jazz groups throughout the Midwest.  He has presented concerts, clinics and master classes in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and South America at such venues as the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, The Florida State University, the Hartt School of Music, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, OH, the 2008 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Toronto, the Sichuan and the Wuhan Conservatories and the Second Dalian International Broadcasting Music Festival (China), the Sixth International Percussion Forum in Zagan, Poland, the 2nd International Congress of Percussion and the Crossdrumming Festival in Jelenia Gora and Warsaw, Poland and the Fourth Patagonian Percussion Festival in Argentina. Flores has also performed on the Carnegie Hall stage as a soloist with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony.

Ricardo can be heard on recordings with performers such as Arturo Sandoval, Dan Wall, Kenny Anderson, Chip Stevens, the Jack Shantz Jazz Unit, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and Sinfornia da Camera. He is former President of the Illinois Chapter of The Percussive Arts Society, served on the PAS Drum Set Committee for 15 years and now is a member of the PAS World Percussion Committee.