Percussion Ensemble


Each year the Percussion ensemble in PSU’s Music program plays an exciting and eclectic array of music. With weekly practices and several performances per quarter, you will be able to play in a variety of diverse settings. Contact Joel Bluestone for more information on audition schedules.


Performance Opportunities

The Percussion ensemble participates in the NW Percussion Festival each year, giving students the opportunity to not only perform in front of other schools, but also to hear different styles and skill levels from students at other institutions.

A Collaborative Community

Known for its collaborative and cooperative attitude, the Percussion ensemble is a great chance for you to develop your talent and learn professional-level musicianship within our music program.

 Joel Bluestone
Percussion Area Coordinator

Joel Bluestone is entering his 14th year as Co-Founder/Percussionist with the northwest's premiere contemporary new music ensemble, "Fear No Music". He is the Principal Timpanist with Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra and has been the Principal Timpanist with the Missouri Symphony.He has been the head of the Percussion Department at Portland State University since 1989.