Percussion Day at Rhode Island College

Friday, December 5, 2014
3:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: Monday, December 1

Attention All High School Percussionists!

Refine your percussion skills in a fun, yet focused one-day clinic. Rehearse and perform chamber music with other motivated students, and perform on stage at Rhode Island College. There is no fee, and dinner is provided.

Instruction will be provided by two Rhode Island natives who are on the cutting edge of percussion: Peter Ferry, an outstanding graduate of Moses Brown School and the Eastman School of Music, and Michael DeQuattro, percussion instructor at RIC and one of the Ocean State’s most creative musical minds. Topics covered will include tone production, technical development, mallet/stick selection, and musicianship. A limited number of Percussion Day participants will be selected to perform a solo or etude of their choice in a master class setting. If you are interested in performing, indicate your choice on the registration page.

All workshop participants will perform in a percussion ensemble as part of the evening concert by the RIC Wind Ensemble. Mr. Ferry will be our featured soloist on this concert as well, performing Michael Daugherty’s out-of-this-world percussion concerto, “UFO.” There is no fee for the clinic and concert, and dinner will be provided for all participants.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Click here to register.

Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist quickly gaining recognition for meaningful, entertaining performances of contemporary repertoire that re-imagine the classical concert experience. Performing as a concerto soloist and in innovative recital projects, Ferry's 2013-2014 season saw commissions of several new works and performances across the United States including New York, St. Louis, Rochester, Providence, Chicago, and Baltimore.

A TEDx speaker, Ferry was invited to deliver the closing talk and performance on the creative power of collaboration between fields, which was titled “Striking at the Edge.” An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, Ferry graduated with high honors, an Arts Leadership Program certificate, the first ever John Beck Percussion Scholarship, and the prestigious Performer's Certificate recognizing “outstanding performing ability.” His website ( contains video of his performances, his performance schedule, and much more information.

Michael DeQuattro is an eclectic artist known for fusing together acoustic, electronic, and improvisational elements. He is able to move freely between classical, jazz, popular, and world idioms often bringing these styles together in his compositions. The Providence Journal critic Channing Grey has described his work as “energetic” and “glittering.”

Awards and distinctions include the McCall/Johnson Fellowship Merit Award in Composition through the Rhode Island Foundation in 2009 and again in 2012. He was inducted as a Rhode Island College Alumni Honoree in Music in 2009, and awarded the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award in Composition in 2011. He teaches at Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, and The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, and he has given instruction in jazz at Citrus Community College in Glendora, CA.

Michael DeQuattro is Adjunct Instructor of percussion at Rhode Island College and is an active freelance performer in Providence and Boston. He received the Bachelor of Science in music education from Rhode Island College and the Master of Music in percussion performance from the Boston Conservatory. His performing experience is extremely varied, including theater orchestras, jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, and rock bands; he is accomplished in many styles including tango, improvisational, world, jazz, classical, and blues. He has performed with notable artists such as The Moody Blues, opera singer Maria Spacagnia, and marimbist Nanae Mimura. The Providence Journal critic Channing Grey has described his work as “energetic” and “glittering.”


All events will be held in Roberts Auditorium

3:00 – 6:00 PM
Clinic, Master Class, and Rehearsal

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Dinner (provided)

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Final Rehearsal

8:00 PM
Performance at RIC Wind Ensemble Concert

Page last updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014