• FrameDrumSchool.org presents:
     2020 Velez/Sheronick Frame Drum Intensive
    May 27-31     West Cornwall CT


There will be daily sessions on Tar, Bodhran and Riq.  Students will learn the "Glen Velez Style" of playing.  For the Bodhran we will be using hand techniques developed by Glen for playing a large frame drum...not the traditional Irish method which uses a stick.  

For the Riq and Bodhran sessions we will break into two groups, beginner/intermediate and advanced.  Each class will build on the previous, and the material will feed into our working compositions.  We will end with a salon concert, all playing together, on the final evening.   

The intensive will focus on 4 areas:
1) playing technique
2) rhythmic organization
3) tools for self creativity
4) experiencing the joy of group frame drumming

Our goal is to create an annual event that allows for an acceleration of the players frame drum technique as well as an evolving appreciation of the power and versatility of these amazing instruments.


Glen Velez - FOUR TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, Glen Velez is the founding Father of the modern frame drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. Velez brought a new genre of drumming to the contemporary music scene by creating his own performance style inspired by years of percussion and frame drumming studies from various cultures. Velez’s virtuosic combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional style, which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has undoubtedly opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe, resulting in a shift in modern percussion.  www.glenvelez.com

Yousif Sheronick -
Hailed by the New York Times for his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums”, Yousif Sheronick enjoys an active career as percussionist, composer and educator.  Since 1992 Yousif has performed alongside his teacher Glen Velez.  Other performing credits include Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, duoJalal and Ethos Percussion Group.  As a composer, Yousif’s frame drum based compositions have been premiered and performed around the world at both the collegiate and professional level.  Yousif has conducted residencies and master classes at top universities including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, the Queensland Conservatorium and National University in Australia.  With increasing demand from drummers around the world, Yousif established his online frame drum school www.framedrumschool.org.  www.yousifsheronick.com

Morning and afternoon frame drumming sessions along with evening drum jams and informal performances.

Our retreat will take place at the beautiful Trinity Retreat Center.
79 Lower River Rd, West Cornwall, CT 06796

About Trinity Retreat Center: The retreat center offers a place of gracious, authentic hospitality—where you can slow down, connect deeply with nature, experience the rhythm of a community, enjoy farm-to-table meals, discern direction for your life, and go home ready to make an even greater impact on the world.

After a year of renovations, the retreat center reopened in the fall of 2017. Located on the Housatonic River, adjoining more than seven hundred acres of conservation trust and state forest, the property includes 26 guest rooms, a historic stone chapel, a monastic garden, an orchard and working farm, a small donkey sanctuary, hiking trails, a community hall, meeting rooms, and quiet spaces for rest and reflection.

Transportation from NYC:
Trains to and from Metro North’s Wassaic train station run regularly out of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The retreat center offers a courtesy shuttle bus for guests who need to be picked up and dropped off at the Wassaic station. Typically, the shuttle bus makes two pickup runs during the first night of a retreat and one drop-off on the last day of the retreat.


1 - Large Frame Drum (Bodhran) for on-knee position
1 - Smaller Frame Drum (Tar) for hand held playing
1 - Riq
Need Instruments? Visit our STORE for Cooperman Riqs, Tars and Bodhrans. 


The fee covers all classes, workshops and group activities. Meals are included starting with dinner on May 27th and ending with lunch on May 31st.  The fees for participating in the Intensive are based on your housing choice.

$1,150 - Single Room with private bath
$1,000 - Sharing a Double room with one bath (if you’d like to share with a particular participant, please let us know.)
$900 - Commuter Rate (no housing, includes all meals)

A deposit of $100 is due upon registration.  Full payment is due by February 1st, 2020.  No refunds will be given after March 25th for any reason.

1) SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM:  Scroll down for registration form.


2) SUBMIT PAYMENT: Please visit www.duojalal.org/shop to submit payment.