The Percussion Room is a website for percussionists, timpanists and anyone curious about the instruments and inner workings of an orchestra's percussion section.

The key features of The Percussion Room are currently:

  • Assignments: A crucial part of organizing a percussion section, the Assignments page is where you can look up compositions and find out what instruments are needed, how many percussionists and timpanists are required – or not required – and get part assignments, which are instructions about who should play what. Many of the assignments have been tested in professional orchestras.
  • Auditions: A collection of audition lists from orchestras around the world. These are the actual lists—the job requirements—from orchestras that have, or had job openings. If you want a job playing in an orchestra, this is the music you need to know before you audition.
  • Dictionary: A dictionary/translator of percussion instruments, percussion terms and phrases found in the repertoire and some general musical terminology.


Founder, The Percussion Room

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Steven Wassmansdorf has been playing drum set since he was ten years old, percussion and timpani for over thirty years professionally, and has experience in nearly every musical genre.

Steven joined the percussion section of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998 – one of its original members – and held the position of Sub-Principal Percussion for eleven seasons. (The MPO is a 100-member orchestra with a 52-week season that plays few pops concerts.) With the MPO, Steven was featured on several occasions as a multi-percussionist and drum set player. In the MPO chamber music series Steven appeared as an arranger/conductor and also as a percussionist in over a dozen concerts featuring standard repertoire, percussion ensemble music, contemporary music, and Ghanaian drumming. Steven toured with the MPO in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, throughout most of Malaysia and he can be heard on more than ten MPO recordings, mainly on BIS Records.

Steven was a member of the Windsor Symphony (Canada) from 1993-1998. During the 1996-7 season, Steven was a featured soloist with the orchestra performing Jeffrey Ryan’s Two-By-Four, for marimba and chamber orchestra.

Before leaving for Malaysia in 1998, Steven was a substitute and extra percussionist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for over ten years and played with all of the major symphony orchestras in and around Toronto.

Since returning to Canada in late 2010, Steven has performed with, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and Vancouver Opera.

Steven has also played in several major musical-theatre productions in Toronto including performances of In the Heights, Crazy for You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera.

In 2001 Steven traveled to Ghana to reconnect with the Ewe drumming he learned in university with Russell Hartenberger—three weeks immersed in African drumming, dancing and culture with Kwasi Dunyo.

Steven has performed twice at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music in Germany. One year in Darmstadt included a complete performance of Steve Reich's Drumming which was recorded live for German radio.

Steven can be contacted here.

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