YOUNG ARTIST PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE all-new Percussion Ensemble at Stony Brook University gives students the chance to work in a conservatory environment with a full array of professional-level instruments. Directed by Dr. Thomas Marceau. Students should be entering 6th grade in Fall 2018 and perform at an intermediate to advanced level. Classes meet Saturday mornings during the school year.


Once applications are received you will be contacted to submit an audition video. You will be asked to perform a recent solo piece, such as a NYSSMA solo, which accurately shows your current level of performance.


The percussion ensemble meets most Saturdays mornings during the academic year from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM. There will be one concert in December and one concert in May at the Staller Center.


Free tickets to Music Department and Staller Center events
Throughout the year students and their families have access to exclusive concerts and events held at the Staller Center.   This past year families were able to experience the Emerson String Quartet, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Stony Brook Opera and Faculty Recitals at no cost.


Fall semester: $500

Spring semester: $500

Full year: $900

There are no additional fees or expenses required for the year.  Tuition also covers the cost of concerts and tickets to all events.





Thomas Marceau holds degrees from Stony Brook University (DMA), Ithaca College (MM) and the Crane School of Music (BM). His percussion teachers include Dr. Robert Bridge, Pete DeSalvo, Gary Hodges, Eduardo Leandro, Ernest Muzquiz, James Petercsak and Gordon Stout.

Dr. Marceau has been on the percussion faculty at Finger Lakes Community College, NEMC and held the assistantship for percussion at Ithaca College where he instructed percussion techniques. Tom is currently an adjunct instructor of percussion studies at Five Towns College as well as the director of bands at Mt. Sinai High School in Mt. Sinai, NY.

A successful private instructor, his students have been accepted to the Boston Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Indiana, Miami, SUNY Purchase, University of Delaware, Tanglewood and many All-State and All-County ensembles.

As a composer for marimba, his works are used on collegiate and competition repertoire lists around the country. Most recently, his music was added to the Great Plains International Marimba Competition’s repertoire list, the Southern California Marimba Competition’s repertoire lists, New York State's NYSSMA manual for contest solos and his music was performed at the International Marimba Competition in Europe. His works have been described in the Percussive Arts as "Beautifully Stunning" - T. Adam Blackstock, "graceful, pretty, and expressive" - Brian Zator , "colorful and expressive" - Jason Baker, and Eric Willie writes, “Marceau has provided a great addition to marimba repertory, blending powerful musicality with a great display of idiomatic writing”. Tom’s music can also be found on the recent survey compiled by Mark Ford, listing pieces that represent the “new wave” of marimba literature. Tom is published through HoneyRock Publishing. His first solo album for percussion, Moments, has recently been released and is now available through

An active performer and clinician, Tom has been featured as a marimba soloist with the Crane School, Ithaca College and recently presented a masterclass on marimba at the Long Island Day of Percussion. Tom has performed as a section player with the Atlantic Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Sound Symphony, Ensemble X, Hampton Choral Society, Contemporary Chamber Players, the Star Play House and the Marceau-Bridge Percussion Duo.

As a conductor, Tom was invited to conduct the 2014, American Music Abroad,Wind Band, for its European tour through five countries, and the 2016, SCMEA, Div.III Select Band.

Tom is also a proud member of the Percussive Arts Education Committee.



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