Percussion Quartet Consortium 2020 | Stephen Karukas

Percussion Quartet Consortium

Stephen Karukas / Denton Sutherlin

The Project

Percussionist Denton Sutherlin is leading a consortium to commission a new work for percussion quartet from composer/percussionist Stephen Karukas, to be composed during the summer of 2020. The piece will be suitable for advanced high school performers.

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: perc quartet (TBD)

  • Duration: 5-7 minutes, one movement

  • Style(s): drummy and energetic

  • Timeline: Completion in August 2020

  • Buy-in rate: $150 per group, paid upon completion

For more information about the project, email

Commissioning Contract

Join the consortium

1. Email a signed copy of the contract to

2. Upon completion of the piece, pay the buy-in fee through PayPal (

bio 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). His most recent collaborations include Redshift for solo marimba, written for a consortium organized by Josh Fulford (completed April 2020) and Four Thousand Colors, chamber concerto for alto saxophone, written for a consortium led by Andrew Hutchens (ongoing, completion in summer 2021).

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,

Redshift for solo marimbaStephen Karukas
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