Percussion Ensemble

4"The Williams Percussion Ensemble stood under the warm May sun and sent sharp-edged, tightly organized rhythmic salutes into the Berkshire hills."

The Boston Globe

In programs featuring cutting-edge new music and important works of the twentieth-century, the Williams Percussion Ensemble (WiPE) surveys a vast terrain of sound and rhythm. The ensemble employs all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds, and electronics to create music that resonates across boundaries of genre and discipline. In addition to music for percussion alone the group presents works for mixed ensembles and new and experimental music for a range of instruments.  The ensemble often works directly with composers and collaborates with artists in diverse media in order to explore the connections between sound, form, image, and movement. WiPE strives to offer creative programming, innovative presentation, and immersive experiences in which the listener is invited to hear music in new ways.

The Percussion Ensemble has a regular weekly rehearsal and performs at least one major concert each semester. The ensemble is directed by Matthew Gold. Leading the group for the 2023/2024 season is Matt Sharrock.

Membership Information:
Audition information for fall 2024 can be found on the OPEN HOUSE event page.

Rehearsals: Monday, 4:00-7:00pm