The 18-19 School Year/Season is underway, and I’m really excited about all of the things happening this year! Some highlights include a clinic/performance tour to three universities in Virginia in October, a performance with the Assembly Saxophone Quartet (with my WCU colleague Ian Jeffress) at the American Single Reed Summit, playing Chris Ozley’s concerto with the WCU Wind Ensemble in the spring, and a few trips to play with the orchestra in Des Moines. My students are gearing up for a performance at PASIC in November, and I’ve got plenty of other events on the calendar, as well. I’m also organizing a consortium to commission a new piece from the amazing Emma O’Halloran, and starting to make some plans for another big project with the women of Kinds of Kings. Hope to see you at a performance sometime this season!
(Picture from WCU Faculty Showcase Recital on 9/4/18 – Playing Gene Koshinski’s “Get It!” with Dr. Will Peebles)
Im humbled to have been elected to serve as the new President of the North Carolina Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society! I’ll have big shoes to fill, following the great work of Dr. Don Parker, but I’m looking forward to working with my fellow officers to continue building this great music community in N.C.!
I’m looking forward to traveling to New York next week to perform Jason Treuting’s “Nine Numbers 1” and “Nine Numbers 2” on a great show at the Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn! The show features myself, Ji Hye Jung, So Percussion, and Tigue, and I’m so excited to share the stage with so many outstanding musicians and friends! While I’m in town I’ll also be giving clinics at NYU and Queens College, which will be a great time meeting lots of friendly new faces! You can find more info about the performance HERE
After four amazing years in Iowa, I will be leaving Graceland University to become the new percussion teacher at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina! I am so excited for this new chapter, and for the opportunity to work with such outstanding students and faculty colleagues in the School of Music at WCU! I am forever grateful to the incredible people who made GU and Lamoni such a wonderful experience, and I know that the future is bright for the program that we built there! If you’re looking for a great place to study percussion in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, be sure to check out WCU!
I’m thrilled to announce that I am now an Educational Endorser for the Avedis Zildjian Corporation! There are so many incredible artists and teachers on the Zildjian Roster, and I am honored to be able to join them! Zildjian makes the absolute best cymbals in the world, and they’ve been doing so for centuries. Here’s to a long and wonderful relationship with this amazing company!
I’ve been really fortunate to have lots of opportunities to visit with colleagues and students at other universities this spring! Conference travels have taken me across the country, and I’ve been able to connect with students at the University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Eastern New Mexico University. Later this week I head to the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music to visit with their percussion students. I love having a chance to meet all of the new people, visit new places, and talk about drums!
I had a great trip to Wichita to present two clinics at the 2017 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop! I always love working with educators to help provide resources for them to use in their classrooms, and it was really fun to be able to present both of my clinics. Special thanks to the KMEA folks for inviting me, all who attended my sessions, and my sponsors for their generous support and amazing instruments and implements!
If you attended my sessions and are looking for PDF’s of the slides, they can be found below.
Accessory Percussion Solutions!
Marimba Boot Camp
I had a blast presenting at the 2017 Minnesota Music Educators Association Conference in Minneapolis last week. If you were at my presentation, or even if you weren’t, I’m including my slides here for you to utilize. Feel free to contact me if you have any follow up questions!
I was recently invited to perform at three College Music Society regional conferences in the Spring of 2017! Jason Treuting’s new multi-percussion work based on Sudoku puzzles was accepted for performance in Portales, New Mexico (Rocky Mountain Chapter) and Vancouver, Canada (Pacific Northwest Chapter), and Marc Mellits’ new marimba solo Zodiac will be performed in Lincoln, Nebraska (Great Plains Chapter). Both works were commissioned by me, and I’m so excited to be able to share them with musicians from all across the country this spring!