2020 Marimba Consortium

Stephen Karukas / Josh Fulford

The Project

Percussionist Josh Fulford is leading a consortium to commission a new work for solo marimba from composer/percussionist Stephen Karukas, to be composed during the spring of 2020.

Each member of the consortium will receive:

  • a PDF copy of the completed score

  • exclusive performance rights for one year following the completion of the piece


  • Instrumentation: solo 5.0-octave marimba

  • Duration: 6-7 minutes, one movement

  • Style(s): melodic / energetic (varied)

  • Timeline: Completion in May 2020

  • Buy-in rate: $50, paid upon completion

For more information about the project, email stephen.karukas@gmail.com

Commissioning Contract

Join the consortium

1. Email a signed copy of the contract to stephen.karukas@gmail.com.

2. Upon completion of the piece, pay the buy-in fee through PayPal (paypal.me/skarukas)

bios and work samples

Stephen Karukas is a recent graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he received degrees in music composition and percussion performance. He has studied drumset with Steve Houghton, percussion with Kevin Bobo, John Tafoya, and Joseph Gramley, and composition with Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, and Don Freund.

Karukas has composed music for ensembles such as Fifth House Ensemble, the Indiana University Percussion Ensemble, and California-based ensemble Definiens. He has also produced solo and duo works through collaborations with Daniel Myers (Elements for multiple percussion solo), the Hutchens/Myers Duo (It flows for saxophone and marimba), Jacob Lipham (Bad Number for solo timpani and To Live and Die in the Wild for multiple percussion solo), and Paul Millette (blue-gray for solo marimba).

Recently, blue-gray received the Honorable Mention in the 2019 PASIC Composition Contest. Other honors include Honorable Mention in the 2018 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition and selection in multiple calls for scores by various ensembles in the United States and abroad.


His music has been performed at universities around the United States and at events such as RED NOTE Music Festival, the Midwest Composers Symposium, Frontwave New Music, and the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. Recent highlights include a performance of his orchestral work In a Breath, Ending by the Indiana University Concert Orchestra and a performance of Elements for multiple percussion solo by percussionist Cameron Leach at the TUTTI Festival at Denison University.

His works are available from Tapspace and C. Alan Publications, as well as from his website, skarukas.com.

Josh Fulford is currently a freelance musician in the Indianapolis area and serves as the battery coordinator at Franklin Central High School. He regularly performs with the Indianapolis Colts Drumline, and can be seen throughout numerous theatre productions in Indianapolis.


He holds a Bachelors of Science in Music Media and Production from Ball State University, and is finishing his Masters in Music Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teachers have included Braham Dembar, Cassius Goens, Dr. Bruno Cabrera, Craig Hetrick, Joseph Gramley, Kevin Bobo, and Steve Houghton.

© 2020 Stephen Karukas (stephen.karukas@gmail.com)

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