Central New York Day of Percussion

April 20, 2013

Storer Auditorium


Onondaga Community College




John Riley

Andy Harnsberger

Kay Stonefelt



Auburn HS Percussion Ensemble

Jamesville-Dewitt MS Percussion Ensemble


Central New York All-Star Percussion Ensemble – Kay Stonefelt, conductor

OCC Percussion Ensemble

OCC Afro-Cuban Ensemble


On-site Registration starts at 12:00 and continues throughout the day

(There is a $10.00 fee to pay for clinicians and expenses. The final concert is free and open to all.)


All are welcome!



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Event Schedule (Tentative!)



Open Registration -




Iktus - discusses and performs “Kontackte” by Karl Stockhausen




Percussion Ensemble Concert – featuring Portal; Auburn HS; Jamesville-Dewitt MS




Kay Stonefelt - Snare Drum Clinic




Andy Harnsberger - Marimba Clinic




John Riley - Drum Set Clinic




Final Concert featuring:


CNY All-Star Percussion Ensemble

Onondaga Community College Percussion Ensemble

Andy Harnsberger


The Show is Over - Go Home : )






Program Notes and Details


Iktus Percussion


Kontakte                                           Karlheinze Stockhausen


According to the composer, “In the preparatory work for my composition Kontakte, I found, for the first time, ways to bring all properties [i.e., timbre, pitch, intensity, and duration] under a single control” (Stockhausen 1962, 40), thereby realizing a longstanding goal of total serialism. On the other hand, as one commentator says, "Kontakte is arguably the last of Stockhausen's tape pieces in which serial proportions intervene decisively at anything but the broad formal level" (Toop 1981, 189). The most famous moment, at the very center of the work, is a potent illustration of these connections: a high, bright, slowly wavering pitch descends in several waves, becoming louder as it gradually acquires a snarling timbre, and finally passes below the point where it can be heard any longer as a pitch. As it crosses this threshold, it becomes evident that the sound consists of a succession of pulses, which continue to slow until they become a steady beat. With increasing reverberation, the individual pulses become transformed into tones once again (Clarke 1998, 225).

Stockhausen also made advances over his previous electronic composition, Gesang der Jünglinge, in the realm of spatial composition, adding the parameters of spatial location, group type, register, and speed (Toop 2005, 170). Kontakte is composed in four channels, with loudspeakers placed at the corners of a square surrounding the audience. With the aid of a "rotation table", consisting of a rotatable loudspeaker surrounded by four microphones, he was able to send sounds through and around the auditorium with unprecedented variety (Maconie 2005, 208–209). [Wikipedia]



Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre.  Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Steve Sehman, and Cory Bracken at the core. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging artists, having commissioned over fifty new works for percussion from such composers as Angélica Negrón, Aaron Siegel, Lisa R. Coons, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Stefan Weisman, and Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood), among others.

With an exciting and diverse range of repertoire, Iktus has performed at such venues and festivals as the Bang on A Can Marathon, Galapagos Arts Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Symphony Space, and Trinity Church. Iktus has been appointed to several residencies including SUNY Purchase College (where they performed Laura Kaminsky’s Terra Terribilis, a concerto for percussion quartet and orchestra), CUNY Brooklyn College, and the Pre-College Music Program at Stony Brook University.  As performer-educators, Iktus has also hosted concerts and master classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, Oberlin College, University of Western Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and William Paterson University, as well as various public schools.  Community outreach and public performance is an essential aspect of Iktus’ mission: in September of 2011, Iktus performed an exciting all-percussion outdoor concert in Fort Greene Park, including works by Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and Iannis Xenakis, as well as Stockhausen’s Musik im Bauch in Central Park as part of Make Music New York in 2012.

Iktus was selected as a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick: Top Ten Concert of the Year in 2010, received critical acclaim from the New York Times for their performance with the St. Petersburg Chamber Symphony in the “Wall to Wall” series: Music of the Soviet ERA and a concert of selected works of John Cage at Le Poisson Rouge, and sold out the final evening of the 2012 Gaudeamus Muziekweek at Issue Project Room. Iktus is endorsed by Black Swamp Percussion and Mike Balter Mallets.


Iktus Percussion, the pianist Taka Kigawa and the toy-piano player Phyllis Chen performed nine works with admirable clarity, precision and focused energy... the playing was uniformly superb.”

- The New York Times 

“...the members of Iktus Percussion...played with a sense of ensemble that is not to be rivaled. The performance was fearless and flawless, with some of the most exciting playing I have ever heard.”

- Sequenza 21

Iktus Percussion is a locally focused collective of artists you won’t want to miss.”

- Time Out New York


Chris Graham is an international new music musician living and working in New York City.  Chris has consistently worked and performed with notable groups such as Newband, Ear to Mind, Talujon Percussion, Mantra Percussion, and is a founding member and director of Iktus Percussion; as well as co-principal percussionist for Ensemble Moto Perpetuo. He has commissioned and premiered works by established composers such as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Michael Gordon, Philippe Manoury, Franco Donatoni, Philippe Hurel, Mauricio Kagel, Ron Ford, Michel Vander Aa, Hugo Morales, Gerard Grisey, Harry Partch, John Luther Adams, Lisa R. Coons, Daniel Wohl, Jenny Olivia Johnson,  Angelica Negron, Sebastian Armoza, Mathew Welch, Philip Schuessler, Levy Lorenzo, Matt Hough, Joe DiPonio, Brian Jacobs, Aaron Siegel, Ted Herne, Tristan Perich, Inhyun Kim, Jen Wang, Joseph Waters, Stephan Weisman, and Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), among others.


With various professional ensembles, Chris has performed at Symphony Space, Tank, LPR, Galapagos, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Trinity Church, Miller Theater, Merkin Hall, Knitting Factory, Bang on a Can Marathon, Armory, 92nd Street Y, and Carnegie Hall.  He has given performances and masterclasses at the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, William Paterson University, Oberlin College, Queens College, Cal Arts, Bronx Community College, Chapman College, SUNY Buffalo, University of Northern Illinois, Bowling Green State University, Manhattan School of Music, Sara Lawrence College, New York University, New Music College, Caldwell College, MIT, and the University of Vermont. And has performed in festivals such as, Make Music New York, Carlsbad New Music Festival, X Avent Festival, Elastic Arts Festival, Incubator Arts Festival, Bang on a Can Festival, Ear to Heart, and PASIC.


In addition to his preforming credits, Chris organizes and curates concerts in NYC working closely with young up-and-coming new music ensembles such as, Mivos String Quartet, Loadbang Ensemble, Yarn Wire, Either/Or Ensemble, thingNY, Varispeed, Panapoly Performance Lab, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Elevator Rose, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Duo Orfeo, and Concert Black. He has co-organized several performances for Issue Project Room's "Gaudeamus Muzieweek New York" and "Darmstadt Series", receiving critical acclaim in 2010 from TimeOut New York as one of the top ten concerts of the year performing Karlheinz Stockhausen's epic works, Mikrophonie and Kontakte.


As an artist-in-residence he has taught at Suny Purchase and Cuny Brooklyn College, working with both student percussion ensembles and student composers.  He is the director of the Stony Brook pre-college percussion ensemble and is on faculty at Suffolk Community College. He received a Bachelors of Music and Performers Certificate from SUNY Purchase College, Masters of Music from Stony Brook University, where he is currently a candidate in the Doctoral of the Musical Arts program.  Previous teachers include Raymond DesRoches, Dominic Donato, Tom Kolor, Joseph Pereira, and Eduardo Leandro.


Denise Fillion Bio:


Originally from Washington State, Denise Fillion is a frequent soloist and collaborator in the New York City area. She has a special affinity for new music, and has worked with several living composers, including Tristan Murail, Frederic Rzewski, and George Crumb.  Additionally, as a runner-up in the David Lang International Piano Competition, she recently premiered a new work written for the occasion by Lang at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Denise has also been a guest with several ensembles dedicated to new music including Mantra Percussion, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Iktus+. Denise received her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University where she was a Presser Scholar studying with Jeffrey Gilliam. After working as a collaborative pianist at Western, Denise was accepted on full-scholarship as a Master’s student at Stony Brook University where she is now a Doctoral Candidate studying with Christina Dahl.


Jamesville-Dewitt MS

Oriental Mambo                                          Tom Davis

Oriental Mambo references the Cuban province of Oriente. It employs indigenous mambo rhythms and the most famous of oriental melodies. (In this case, Davis references the Asian orient.)

Ipte Beg

John Bridge

Brendan Drotar

Ryan Drotar

Billy Lieker

Henry Middleton

Ben MacCrindle

Kellen Mulvihill

Andrew Pan


Auburn HS

Me Tarzan                                                   Chris Crockarell

Lids                                                             Ed Argenziano


Auburn Winter Percussion is comprised of students from grades 9 through 12 and is in its second year of existence. Miss Jessica Bogart, who is an OCC alumna, is the director of the ensemble.  They would like to thank the Auburn Music Boosters and Mr. Edward Meier for all their help in making out ensemble possible.  Now please sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance!


Amanda Dello Stritto

Chris Dent

Dan Cosachov

Emily Blume

Jon Westmiller

Kaitlyn Russell

Katie Moore

Liz Bushnell

Matt Jones

Paul Noga

Raeven Harkness

Sarah Sears

Selena Piña

Shawn Szakaly

Shelina Overstreet

Teresa Moore

Tyler Francis



Stubernic                                                     Mark Ford


The Portal Percussion Group was established in the Fall of 2011 as a subset of the Millersville University Percussion Ensemble.  The trio, comprised on Millersville University percussion students Matt Bracciante, Brian Doherty, and Rich Klimowicz is an active performing ensemble presenting several concerts each year on campus, at local schools, community programs and regional collaborations.  Most recently the group was featured at the Pennsylvania PAS Day of Percussion, a statewide convention held through the international Percussive Arts Society.  The ensemble’s repertoire is a wide range of contemporary and traditional works for all styles of percussion.  Portal Percussion Group is under the musical guidance of Millersville University Instructor of Percussion James Armstrong.



Kay Stonefelt – Snare Drum Clinic

Kay joined the Fredonia School of Music faculty in 1993 while she was concurrently the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant to Ghana, West Africa.  During her year in Ghana, Kay worked with the Ghana Dance Ensemble at the National Theatre where she studied xylophone styles of the Dagara people with Bernard Woma, and various indigenous drumming patterns of Ghana with Francis Kofi.  In return, Kay was able to share her knowledge of contemporary music through a course that she taught at the University of Ghana at Legon on music of the twentieth century.

Kay completed a Doctor of Music in Percussion Performance degree at Indiana University (1992), with additional study areas of Ethnomusicology and Jazz History.  During the pursuit of the degree she also held teaching positions as an Associate Instructor of Percussion at Indiana University, and as Lecturer in Percussion at the State University of New York at Fredonia.  During this time Kay also performed in Germany, France, and the former USSR with the Stuttgart (Germany) Opera Orchestra, and presented solo percussion concerts in Munich and Konstanz, Germany.

Immediately following her undergraduate studies, Kay participated in many orchestral ensembles throughout the USA and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony percussion section. After moving to New York City, Kay performed in over 20 Broadway and off-Broadway shows. As a freelance player in New York City, she recorded TV and radio commercials and was a founding member of various chamber, jazz, and percussion ensembles. Kay also participates in many women's music events, from the First National Congress on Women and Music at New York University to performances at the Bloomington (IN) Women's Music Festival and beyond.

As a participant in Renaissance and Medieval ensembles, where many ethnic percussion instruments are used, Kay developed an interest in performance of ethnic percussion instruments. This interest led her to study ethnomusicology at Indiana University, concentrating on various aspects of musics of the Middle East and Africa, i.e. frame-drumming, amadinda (log xylophone from Uganda), gyil (xylophone of the Dagara people), and West African drumming styles.

At Fredonia, as a part of our multicultural awareness, and in an attempt to include world music performance in our program, we offer African xylophone and drumming styles, and instruction in Mexican Marimba Ensemble through participation in percussion ensemble and class instruction.

In addition to teaching, Kay is the timpanist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the percussionist and hammered dulcimer player for Fioretto, an ensemble based in Finland that is dedicated to the performance of medieval and renaissance music.  Kay has several recordings to her credit, the most recent being the music of Eric Richards for New World and a forthcoming release with Fioretto.



Andy Harnsberger – Marimba Clinic


Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance”, ANDY HARNSBERGER enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator. He has performed in a variety of settings across the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion.  His compact disc, “Vertigo,” has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings…His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.” 


Dr. Harnsberger has performed as percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra as well as the contemporary music ensemble “Currents”, and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument.  “Andy Harnsberger is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears.  The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience…simply phenomenal!” – National Public Radio.


Andy Harnsberger is Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion Coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist.  He is in demand as a clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at many universities each year. His compositions have been performed around the world and he is a recipient of the ASCAP PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music. Dr. Harnsberger earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Andy is a performing artist and clinician for Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion.


John Riley – Drum Set Clinic


John began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. With the support, encouragement and patience of his parents, John and Mary Ann, he played in the school band and began drum lessons with a good local teacher, Tom Sicola. While under Tom's guidance, he gained control of the snare drum through work on the rudiments and reading. Eventually, he acquired a complete drumset and lessons expanded to include "beats of the day," coordination and reading studies for the drumset. At age twelve, John began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach's Conversation. Two years later, he played his first "professional" gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O'clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.


John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Purchase, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, and has taught master classes around the world.


Final Concert

CNY All-Star Percussion Ensemble

Kay Stonefelt, director


The O Zone....................Jack Stamp

Valley of Nepal................Chris Brooks

Kpanlogo.........................Ga People of Ghana



Onondaga Community College Percussion Ensemble


 Threads Paul Lansky

1. Prelude

2. Recitative

3. Chorus

4. Aria

5. Recitative

6. Chorus

7. Aria

8. Recitative

9. Chorus

10. Chorale Prelude


Andy Harnsberger

April Sun                                                     Andy Harnsberger

Phoenix                                             Andy Harnsberger



CNY All-Star Percussion Ensemble

Kay Stonefelt, director


Michael Abbott, Marcellus 

Kevin Bertolero, Liverpool 

Jordan Crasper, Oswego

Seamus Darrow, Oswego 

Matthew Heaton, Baldwinsville

Rick Kearney, Baldwinsville

Ian Lang, Baldwinsville

Anthony LaValle, Liverpool

Chris Lefancheck, Baldwinsville

Christina Lewis, Liverpool

Sean Maar, Baldwinsville

AJ Reilly-Vinicombe, Baldwinsville

Stuart Synakowski, Marcellus

Shaun Turner, Phoenix

Ericka Ylitalo, Marcellus



OCC Percussion Ensemble

Alex Bick

Nate Clark

Luke Dennis

Josh Ely

Jay Knosp

Jeff Murray

Zachary Perkins

Logan Turner

Philip Vona

Chris Woodruff


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The following companies provided support and door prizes to today’s event!

Innovative Percussion

Percussive Arts Society

Zildjian Cymbals

Sabian Cymbals

Yamaha Drums

Pearl Drums

Latin Percussion

Remo Heads

Evans Heads

Onondaga Community College


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