Educational Outreach

March 24-30, 2024

The Salt Lake Choral Artists will be hosting percussionists Michael Ringquist and Marcus Santos the week of March 24-30, 2024.

They will be featured in two performances of “La Pasión según San Marcos” by Osvaldo Golijov with the Salt Lake Vocal Artists. March 29 at 7:30 pm and March 30, 2:00 pm at Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

They will be offering percussion workshops and masterclasses during the week at high schools and universities.

Please contact Dr. Brady Allred for more information and bookings.

About Our Guest Performers

Michael Ringquist, percussionist

“I teach a lot of labs, and it’s all banging on things. We have fun. We only have about 20 students who specialize in hand percussion, so you know each and every one, and they know you. It’s a much closer relationship, I think, than many departments. It’s very personal.”

“I deal with a lot of nonpercussionists, too—piano players, singers, horn players. I enjoy that almost more than teaching drummers. They don’t have any preconceptions. One of the things that I show people who are not drummers is that just because you’re playing this pattern on a hand drum, that doesn’t mean that you can’t apply the phrasing to your guitar comping or whatever. I’m trying to get them to think outside of the box. Many times they get caught up with the idea that it has to be done here, in this context. But that’s not necessarily the case.”

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Marcus Santos, percussionist

A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus, is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown’s Afro-Brazilian music and heritage.

Marcus performed with several world renown artists such as the Gypsy Kings (Spain), Daniela Mercury (Brazil) and the Brand New Heavies (England). He has also performed for the president of Brazil, TEDx and with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. Marcus also played at the Sony Pictures Oscar nominated movie ‘Rachel’s getting Married’ with Anne Hathaway. He has been honored with the 2013 KOSA Recognition award, Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music in 2004.

Marcus currently teaches in the Boston area at New England Conservatory, Middlesex Community College and Somerville High School. He is the author of the DVD ‘Modern Approach to Pandeiro’ and performed in the music education DVD ‘Musically Speaking II’ by BOSE. Marcus has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in festivals, universities and conventions around the world such as Fiesta Del Tambor (Cuba), Carnegie Hall (NYC), PASIC (USA) and Harvard University. He is currently the artist director of the Grooversity global drumming network project that includes twenty four drumming groups from the US, Canada, Germany, Mexico and France.

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