Percussion Ensemble

Online Registration

Heather Barclay
Artistic Director & Conductor
(858) 324-4160

The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with Palomar College, offers a Percussion Ensemble for advanced percussion players age 15-25 to perform music from the vast array of percussion ensemble literature. Ensemble members learn different and unusual techniques of playing styles and experience the use of a variety of percussion instruments, both traditional and nontraditional. Musicians learn how to communicate with other musicians in a chamber ensemble setting, and have a unique opportunity to perform more difficult music with other advanced percussionists.

An audition is required for this ensemble, and includes a solo for snare drum, marimba, and tympani. Auditionees are encouraged to play pieces that best reflects their abilities. The audition will take approximately 15 minutes.

For additional information or to schedule an audition please contact Heather Barclay at (619) 890-0161.

VIDEO from ‘We Got the Beat’ concert at Palomar College on March 10, 2019:

Sofapilla by Chuck Ricotta

VIDEO SAMPLES from ‘Brass-tastic’ concert at Palomar College on April 28, 2019:

Elementals – Wood, Metal, Skin

Elementals – At Peace

Elementals – At War

Body Lotion

Connected Forces



VIDEO SAMPLES from Winter/Spring 2018 concerts:

Escaping a Nightmare:

Click here for a video from the ‘Sticks, Shakers, and Noisemakers’ concert on April 12, 2015.  See pictures from our debut concert in April 2014!

About Heather Barclay

Heather Barclay is a professional percussionist and has been performing and teaching since 1984. Ms. Barclay earned her Bachelor of Arts, Performance and Certification of Music Education at The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, WI and her Master of Fine Arts in Performance at United States International University in San Diego, CA. Her instructors include Linda Raymond Siegel, Tele Lesbines, Tatsuo Sasaki, Stanley Finck, and Raynor Carroll. Ms. Barclay is a freelance percussionist and tympanist in Southern California. She was the principal percussionist with the International Chamber Players and a substitute percussionist in the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Nova. She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, the International Symphony Orchestra of Tijuana and the Tijuana Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Ballet, among numerous others. In addition, she has performed solo recitals in California, Arizona, and Wisconsin.

Ms. Barclay is also a private instructor of percussion and tympani. She has been teaching since 1984 and has coached and conducted several award winning percussion ensembles along with drum lines for many high school marching bands. Along with the YPO Percussion Ensemble, she is currently teaching at Palomar College, and coaching at Westview High School and Mesa Verde Middle School. She maintains a very active studio in Poway, California.

The ensemble's stage


The musicians played pieces that utilized a variety of percussion instruments