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CPN connects percussionists across the country interested in building bridges between percussion research and performance.   

Begun as informal gathering place for Canadian percussionists at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted our first in-person festival at McMaster in April of 2022, in conjunction with the Ontario Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Titled The Space Between, that event brought together dozens of percussionists from five provinces as well as several from the US.

Thanks to a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PDG), we are pleased to continue offering blending virtual an in-person events free of charge to connect the Canadian percussion community . 

For more information, please join our Facebook page to receive regular updates on upcoming events.  An overview of our board and advisory. board appears below.

Michael Schutz, Co-founder

Michael Schutz Professor of Music Cognition/Percussion at McMaster University in Canada. Designated “University Scholar” in recognition of his work bridging music perception and performance, he conducts the percussion ensemble, teaches courses on music perception and cognition, and directs the MAPLE Lab (researching Music, Acoustics, Perception & LEarning). Prior to McMaster, Michael spent five years as Director of Percussion Studies at Longwood University, taught percussion at Virginia Commonwealth University, and performed frequently with the Roanoke Symphony,Opera on the James, Oratorio Society of Virginia, and the Lynchburg Symphony.

Fabrice Marandola, Co-Founder

Fabrice Marandola is an Associate Professor of Percussion and Contemporary Music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University (Montreal). Previously, he was a professor of percussion at the conservatories ofAngers and Grenoble in France, a pedagogy instructor at the Conservatory of Paris, and an invited professor at the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam, NY). Marandola holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Paris IV-Sorbonne and has conducted in-depth field research in Cameroon. He became the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology of Montreal (CIRMMT) in 2020.

Board Members

Mark Adam

PDG Co-applicant

Acadia University

Nadia Azar

PDG Co-applicant

University of Windsor

Darrell Bueckert

PDG Collaborator

Saskatoon Symphony

Aiyun Huang

PDG Collaborator

University of Toronto

Fabrice Marandola

PDG Co-director

McGill University

Gina Ryan

PDG Collaborator

Université du Québec à Montréal

Michael Schutz

PDG Director

McMaster University

Victoria Sparks

PDG Co-applicant

University of Manitoba

Advisory Board

John R. Beck

Senior Advisor (2023-26)

Philipe Spiesser

Senior Advisor (2023-26)

Russell Hartenberger

Senior Advisor (2023-26)

Ensemble Rep

Ben Duinker (2023-24)

Architek Percussion

Percussive Arts Society Rep

Shawn Mativesky (2023-24)

QPAS President

Student Rep

Polly Aretakis (2023-24)

McGill University

Student Rep

William Chanwoo Kim (2023-24)

Western University

As percussion has typically been dominated by male-identifying individuals, we acknowledge the value of gender diversity in these spaces. As issues of EDI remain, we are actively exploring options to bring about a gender-inclusive, equitable future.

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