Percussion Seminar

Percussion Seminar Overview

Our percussionists are essential to the orchestras’ success, and we want GTCYS to be a place where they can thrive both musically and socially. At Percussion Seminar, GTCYS percussionists refine their percussion skills and musicianship, and supplement their GTCYS orchestra experience at no extra cost. This series of master classes:

  • Builds camaraderie and community among the percussionists from all of GTCYS’ orchestras
  • Creates mentorship opportunities between beginning through advanced percussionists
  • Develops techniques and positive habits for practicing
  • Provides more individualized instruction to help students prepare their orchestra parts


Percussion Seminar meets at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5730 Grove St, Edina, MN 55436, on Monday nights, once per month, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.


In addition to his role as GTCYS’ Operations Manager, Dr. Adam Rappel is enjoys a versatile free-lance career as a percussionist. As an orchestral percussionist, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He has also played percussion for “Aladdin” and “Mean Girls” during their runs in the Twin Cities.

He is serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Percussion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where he teaches lessons, directs the percussion ensemble, and teaches the percussion methods course to music education majors. Adam received his Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, studying with Peter Kogan, Phil Hey, Steve Yeager and Fernando Meza. He is the first percussionist to ever receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  He is proudly endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and is a Yamaha Concert Percussion artist and clinician. Contact Adam at adam@gtcys.org with questions about Percussion Seminar.

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