University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble Performs Austerity Measures


Many thanks to the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble (Jonathan Ovalle, director) for their excellent performance of Austerity Measures on March 30th.

I don’t often get to travel to performances of my music, so it was a treat to make the short drive to Ann Arbor to hear the concert.

The program was excellent; all of the works had some great theatrics, timbres, and complex interactions among the ensemble.  The students played wonderfully.


March performances of Austerity Measures

The beginning of the month of March saw two great performances of Austerity Measures.

On March 5, EP4 ensemble à percussion gave the Canadian premiere of Austerity Measures at the Espace Hypérion Québec in Québec City.


On March 9, the Portland Percussion Group include the piece on their tour program in Washington State including visits to Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle Pacific University.


To get the score and parts for Austerity Measures for loan or purchase, click here.

Points of Departure lecture/recital tour

(Windsor, ON – February 3, 2016)     Nicholas Papador, Associate Professor, Percussion and Director of the University Wind Ensemble, in the School of Creative Arts, is spending part of his current sabbatical on tour performing and lecturing at west coast universities.  Dr. Papador’s presentation includes a short recital featuring compositions from his solo CD Points of Departure, released in 2015 on the Centrediscs label.  In presenting the piece, he will provide brief analyses of the works as well as key elements of their composition on topics such as Spectralism, open form composition and programmatic content.  He will also address exercises needed for students to grow technically as well as those required to meet the demands of the pieces on the recording.  An accomplished pedagogue on the percussion instruments, Dr. Papador also welcomes the opportunity to hear students’ solo or ensemble repertoire.
Tour dates:
Feb. 5: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan (Jonathan Ovalle, host)
Feb. 10: Monmouth, Oregon: Western Oregon University (Dr. Chris Whyte, host)
Feb. 12: Ashland, Oregon: Southern Oregon University (Dr. Terry Longshore & Bryan Jeffs, hosts)
Feb. 16: Portland, Oregon:  Portland State University (Dr. Joel Bluestone, host)
Feb. 22: Bellingham Washington: Western Washington University (Dr. Pat Roulet, host)
Feb. 23: Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia (Vern Griffiths, host)
Feb. 24: Tacoma, Washington: University of Puget Sound/Pacific Lutheran University (Miho Takekawa & Jeff Lund, hosts)
Feb. 25: Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon (Pius Cheung and Dr. Sean Wagoner, hosts)

Austerity Measures video


Check out the Portland Percussion Group’s excellent video of my composition, Austerity Measures.

Thanks to Aaron, Brett, Brian, and Chris for their great performance.

Austerity Measures was one of three scores selected for the PPG’s 2015 Call for Scores, “Nothing With Wheels.”

This piece for percussion quartet is scored for a small number of instruments for economy and portability, but utilizes a number of temporal concepts in contemporary music as well as show cases some of the orchestral accessory percussion instruments.

Learn more about the piece here, where you’ll find program notes and how to obtain the score.

CAML Review of Points of Departure


Here’s a link to Dr. Edward Jurkowski’s review of “Point of Departure” in the CAML Review:  The Journal of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries.

Many thanks to Dr. Jurkowski (Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge) for his kind words about the performances as well as his thoughtful and thorough commentary about the compositions and recording.


Lecture Recital at University of Toronto

On Thursday, Oct. 29 (1pm), I’ll be giving a lecture/recital/masterclass for the University of Toronto percussion studio.  As a long time fan of U of T’s work in percussion from their faculty, students, and alums, it will be an honor to present there.  Bev Johnston’s recordings on CMC were certainly an inspiration for this project!

I’m promoting and presenting pieces on my Points of Departure CD, released by Centrediscs this year.  If you haven’t heard it take a listen!



The real hard goods from CMC!





2015-2016 Clinic/Lecture/Recitals

During the 2015-2016 year, I will be giving a number of lecture recitals to share some of the repertoire from my Points of Departure CD.

In late September, I gave the recitals at Queens University and the University of Ottawa.

On October 29, I will give the lecture recital at the University of Toronto.

2016 appearances include University of Michigan, University of British Columbia, University of Oregon, Portland State University, Western Washington University and more to be confirmed.