The Eastman Percussion Ensemble, directed by Michael Burritt, is an integral part of the curriculum and presents 5 on-campus performances as well as several off-campus concerts each year. The chamber percussion experience is essential to the percussionists’ training and allows the students to experience repertoire from the contemporary genres to that of world music and improvisation. This coming November, the ensemble will perform at the Paris International Percussion Festival in France. Guest artists with the ensemble include Steve Schick the internationally respected solo percussionist and author and Anders Åstrand the well-known Swedish vibraphone virtuoso and composer. This past April the Argentinean composer Alejandro Viñao was in residence to work with the students in presenting a concert of his works for solo and chamber percussion.