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Updated 11/8/18

YPC performs at PASIC 2018 in Indianapolis

Glenn Schaft will be performing at PASIC 2018 with Ron Coulter and the Youngstown Percussion Collective on Thurs. Nov 15, 9am in the Indiana Convention Center Wabash Rm., Indianapolis, IN.


Ron is one of our Youngstown State University–Dana School of Music alums, BM’02, MM’04, a former YSU adjunct faculty member, and presently teaches at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. The Youngstown Percussion Collective (YPC) is a student organization at Youngstown State that Ron, I, and several other student and faculty colleagues co-founded in the late 90’s. I serve as their Faculty Advisor. YPC previously performed a feature New Music Day concert at PASIC’03 in Louisville, KY where we featured historic percussion/dance music of Lou Harrison. This year, we’ll be performing two pieces of early percussion ensemble music written in the 1930-early 40’s by Lou Harrison and Franziska Boas. The theme of this year’s PAS Focus day has to do with Forgotten Historic Treasures. PASIC is attended annually by over 5500 percussionists.


Ron and I will be joined by two of my present undergraduate percussion majors and YPC members, Evan McCreary and Anthony Tresky. Before PASIC, Ron will be in-residence at YSU Nov 11-13 to rehearse with my students and I, present a composition seminar for Dave Morgan’s studio, a percussion clinic, and perform on our Percussion Ensemble concert. Ron will perform several of his solo compositions and the YSU Percussion Ensemble will premiere two of his new pieces, one written especially for me and my students on Nov. 13 at 7:30pm at Ford Theatre. Later this semester, we hope to record these two premieres at the Dana School of Music with recording engineer and YSU adjunct faculty member Jack Ciarniello for Ron’s latest release which also includes a cajon trio written by Ron and recorded by my students several years ago.

YSU Alums have published Concerti available at



- Evan Gottschalk -
Solo showcase for HAND DRUMS, one-player, multiple DOUMBEKS!
Performance Score and CD.
PRICE: $24.95 

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VERSION(Performance Score and mp3)PRICE: $22.95





- Anthony Di Sanza -Structured in a modified rondo form and requiring extensive improvisation by the SOLOIST, this work combines traditional Middle Eastern percussion instruments with instruments from Eastern Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.PRICE: $32.00


Ben Toth, Professor of Percussion at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford Connecticut completed one-week residencies at Youngstown State University in Ohio (hosted by Professors Glenn Schaft and Stephen Gage) and the University of Akron in Ohio (hosted by Professors Larry Snider and Galen Karriker). During each of the residencies Toth presented master classes and lessons, and performed Zivkovic’s “Tales from the Center of the Earth.”


The YSU Jazz Studies and Percussion Departments announce the Robert E. Bulkley, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, established in 2013 to award an outstanding jazz drummer/percussionist. See the “About" tab above for more info. The 2013-14 recipient was Nicholas Sainato, 2014-15 recipient was Hobie Butcher, and the 2015-16 recipient Zachary Connoly. 


Senior percussion recording major Evan Gottschalk performed the world premiere of his composition Tek for dumbek and computer at the Percussive Arts Society Ohio Day of Percussion Soloist Showcase Concert at Ohio Northern University on 1/23/15. The Youngstown Percussion Collective is recorded the work spring 2015 for our upcoming YPC CD.


Senior percussion performance major Moriah Placer performed Four Movements for Marimba by Michael Burritt at the Percussive Arts Society Ohio Day of Percussion Soloist Showcase Concert at Ohio Northern University on 1/23/15.


The YSU Percussion Ensemble performed Kpanlogo (traditional Ghanaian) at the Percussive Arts Society Ohio Day of Percussion PE Showcase Concert at Ohio Northern University on 1/23/15.


The Youngstown Percussion Collective recorded the new percussion ensemble and drumset concerto Tub Thumper composed by senior jazz studies drumset major Nicholas Sainato spring 2014. It will be included on our upcoming YPC CD. The world premiere was presented at our fall 2013 YSU Percussion Ensemble Concert.


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