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Percussion

The Percussion Department has a lively presence at the Norwegian Academy of Music: Exploring collaboration and ensemble work across genres and cultures.

Percussion at the Norwegian Academy of Music

The Percussion Department aims to educate versatile and independent musicians through a wide variety of percussion instrument study. The Percussion faculty are experts in their fields, and their extensive artistic experience makes this a learning environment with great opportunities. The department also hires Visiting Professors and Guest Lecturers to ensure that students receive the broadest possible range of percussion experience.

The Percussionists at the Norwegian Academy of Music continue to explore new ways to collaborate. In 2010, they initiated a Percussion Festival that has since become a biennial tradition. The festival began as a Scandinavian collaboration, but has since expanded to include the Nordic region. In 2016, it will take place in Tallinn, and this is the first time the festival includes participants from the Baltic countries. The Norwegian Academy of Music also offers exchange programs, in collaboration with leading European music academies, for students who wish to study with specific instructors in other countries.

Percussion students at the Academy practice and perform in percussion ensembles of all sizes; several such ensembles have gone on to achieve great professional success. Every year the percussionist go on a spring tour where they perform at music schools and –programmes around Norway. It has also become customary for the students to perform in Oslo prisons, as part of the artistic development project «Music in prison». Through these prison concerts, the students make an important contribution to the local community, and in return receive a profound experience and memories for life.

Study opportunities

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers Music Performance and Music Education programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels:

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Staff

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Kjell Tore Innervik

Associate Professor

Percussion

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Bjørn Løken

University Lecturer

Percussion

Tomas Kjell Nilsson

Tomas Kjell Nilsson

University Lecturer

Percussion

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Håkon Mørch Stene

Post Doctor

Percussion

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Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen

Professor

Percussion

Jennifer Torrence

Jennifer Torrence

Research Fellow

Percussion

Tom Vissgren

Tom Vissgren

Associate Professor

Percussion

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Rob Waring

Associate Professor

Percussion

Department Contacts

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Bjørn Løken

University Lecturer

Percussion

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Rob Waring

Associate Professor

Percussion

 

Research and Artistic Development

Current projects:

This is Not a Drum: towards a post-percussive practice. In his project Stene has researched the artistic role in contemporary music practice through development of new works and unconventional interpretations of existing works.
Håkon Mørch Stene

Radical Interpretations. This project challenges the almost “sacred” relation to the score classical musicians are trained to possess.
Kjell Tore Innervik et al.

My Concept of Playing Cymbals. A didactic for the development of percussion instruments to enhance the performers’ ability to create different timbres.
Bjørn Løken

Practicing across genres (CEMPE). This project aims at engaging teachers and students in cross-genre workshops to explore transfer of instrumental practicing strategies between genres.
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen et al.

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Alumni and Careers

The Norwegian Academy of Music aims to educate independent musicians. Percussion students go on to become orchestral musicians, freelancers, and teachers in Music Schools, secondary schools and university colleges. Percussionists from the Academy have also formed their own ensembles with considerable success, and some have careers as soloists.

Many of our percussionists find employment with orchestras and ensembles. Our alumni currently hold positions with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces, the Norwegian Army Band – Northern Norway, the Royal Norwegian Navy Band and many more. Orchestral audition practice rounds are held twice per annum, as a preparatory exercise for orchestra auditions.

Distinguished alumni who graduated after 2000 include:

Bjørn Ivar Skansen og Marius Søby (SISU), Sigrun Rogstad Gomnæs, Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen og Johanne Bhyring (Pinquins), Eivind Siljeholm og Erik Fossen Nielsen (The Norwegian Army Band – Northern Norway) og Heming Valebjørg (Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra).