Duff Timpani Masterclass
June 7 -11, 2010

Hosted by Dr. James Snell
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
Sponsored by Pearl & Adams

Cloyd Duff was recognized as one of the finest timpanists of the 20th century, known the world over for his beautiful, singing sound and his flawless musicianship. Since 1982 the Duff Timpani Masterclass has attracted timpanists from across the country and around the world. Students and teachers, amateurs and professionals alike, attend this annual event to learn about the Duff school of playing: a unique approach to the timpani encompassing every aspect of the instrument, from the fundamentals of technique to the most advanced orchestral repertoire. Under the directorship of Cloyd Duff's longtime assistant Jim Atwood, the Duff Timpani Masterclass has been expanded to include sessions on instrument maintenance, stick making, calf head tucking, changing and clearing heads, and a mock audition program. Joining Jim once again this summer is the renowned performer and teacher, Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. Space is limited to 25 full participants; once those spaces have been filled, additional applicants will be registered as auditors for a reduced fee.

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This is one of the best things you could ever do for yourself and your playing. This is so much more than a lecture on "how to play" this is hands- on participation and and access to players and knowledge that would easily cost 3-4 times as much if done by private study. Propel your understanding and ability by going to the Dufff Timpani Masterclass!