Degrees Offered for Percussionists
- Darin Hunsinger, Class of 2016, was awarded a Graduate Assistantship for his Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico.
- Darin Hunsinger, Class of 2016, performed with the World Percussion Group Tour of 14 universities around the US in the Spring of 2016.
- Darin Hunsinger, Class of 2016, is performing a Showcase concert at PASIC 2016 with the World Percussion Group.
- Darin Hunsinger, Class of 2016, performed at PASIC 2015 with Texas Christian University where he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Percussion.
- Joe Howe, Class of 2013, finished his Master of Music Degree from Southern Oregon University.
- Joe Howe, Class of 2013, is performing with Left Edge Percussion Group, a quartet based out of Oregon.
- Joe Howe, Class of 2013, spent a month in Brazil in the summer of 2015 performing and researching Escola de Samba.
- Joe Howe, Class of 2013, was on the 2016 Board of Producers for the Oregon FRINGE festival and premiered his piece Illumination.
- Jamie Francisco, Class of 2008, received her Masters Degree from Portland State University.
Recent Percussion News
January 13 - 14, 2017
SUU's music department hosts the High School Honor Band Festival! Many high school students travel from far places to come participate in the event and get a taste of SUU music!
December 2, 2016
Choir, Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and other small ensembles all collaborate for an amazing night filled of Christmas Music! Percussionists are everywhere and performing in many different ensembles!
Alumnus Joe Howe received his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Southern Oregon University. Go Joe!
November 21, 2016
The Percussion Ensembles play an amazing concert directed by Dr. Vartan! Some of the favorites pieces were Stool Pigeon, The Breath of a Tree, and Rocket Summer.
November 9, 2016
SUU percussion squad travels to Indianapolis to attend this years PASIC events including clinics, workshops, and finding inspiration!
November 9, 2016
Alumnus Darin Hunsinger performed at PASIC with the exclusive World Percussion Group, featuring percussionists from multiple countries.
SUU Percussion hosted Patrick and Rachel Roulet for Satellite Salon featuring the "Golden Age of the Xylophone." Students enjoyed a concert an career talk with Patrick and Rachel.
SUU Percussion hosted composer and percussionist Ron Coulter for a concert and masterclass on solo percussion music exploring sound!
September 29, 2016
Wind Symphony percussionists traveled to Provo and performed with Timpview High School
September 24, 2016
SUU T-birds won their homecoming game with an amazing defeat against Portland State! SUU Drumline members love attending our football games and being a part of the growing marching band!
June 4 - 13, 2016
SUU hosted the Heartland Marimba festival with guest artists Michael Burritt, Clocks in Motion and Matthew Coley. Students from several states came to participate and take lessons, play chamber music and record great marimba music!
April 30, 2016
Lydia Bradshaw graduated and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Performing and Visual Arts! Go Lydia!
April 27, 2016
The SUU Percussion Ensemble was in the studio to record 2 of their Spring pieces for audio and video release. Stay tuned to see them on YouTube!
April 23, 2016
SUU hosted its annual Percussion Festival with guests Brad Dutz and Chris Wabich. The students got to experience workshops on composition and world music and well as perform their Spring Percussion Ensemble concert for a full house!
April 12 - 16, 2016
Tylor Williams and Teven Sherman played drums for the Theatre and Dance Department Production of RENT.
April 17, 2016
Marissa Brown performed her Junior Recital which featured works with a world music emphasis. Pieces included Libertango, Chatterbox and an original composition for voice and pandeiro!
March 19, 2016
SUU did great at the competitive events at the Utah Day of Percussion! Tylor Williams defended his title for 1st place in the Collegiate Marimba Category and Marissa Brown took 1st place in the Timpani category!
February 23-24, 2016
SUU hosted the World Percussion Group for clinics and a concert. Percussionists from around the world are chosen to be a performing member of WPG to go on tour, including a former SUU student, Darin Hunsinger.
February 9, 2016
SUU hosted percussion professor Doug Smith from Utah Valley University. Doug Smith presented a unique program of works for marimba and voice.
January 29-30, 2016
Dr. Lynn Vartan hosted Satellite Salon Series, “Power Play: An Electric Evening of Music,” a performance built around the works of electronic composer Jason Francesco Heath with violist Alma Fernandez, both from Los Angeles, CA.
January 8-9, 2016
The SUU music department hosted the High School Honor Band Festival. Students were selected for the two day festival of rehearsals and activities culminating in a concert at the end of the second day at the beautiful Heritage Center Theater in Cedar City, Utah.
December 1, 2015
Junior Tylor Williams gave his Junior Recital, performing Ogre Ballet by Casey Cagnelosi and 4 Basho Haiku by Jorge Vidales. Another great evening of music!
November 23, 2015
The SUU Percussion Ensemble gave their Fall Percussion Ensemble concert to a full house in Thorley Recital Hall! Pieces that were performed included Into the Air by Ivan Trevino, Postludes for Bowed Vibraphone by Elliot Cole (played in the dark) and The Dreamers of Dreams by Nathan Daughtrey. Check out out our YouTube page for videos from that concert!
November 11-15, 2015
The whole SUU Percussion studio went to Texas for PASIC 2015! We had a great time and saw so many amazing percussionists and groups perform. Alumnus Darin Hunsinger was also performing with TCU!
November 5, 2015
Lydia Bradshaw gave her senior recital! She played so much great repertoire, including Anvil Chorus and Luminocity.
October 13-14, 2015
SUU hosted percussionist Kevin Bobo for an amazing masterclass and some special private lessons! He worked with us for 2 days and gave a great workshop on marimba and snare drum.
October 8, 2015
The SUU Drumline was featured as part of the Orchestra of Southern Utah’s "Rhythm of the Drum" concert! The drumline opened the whole show with some cadences and then Dr. Lynn Vartan and Shane Summers played Third Rail for snare drum and electronics!
We hosted our annual percussion festival with guest artist Terry Longshore from Southern Oregon University! It was an amazing weekend of learning about tabla and cajon!
SUU Percussion Grads are going places! One of our grads Darin Hunsinger received and accepted a Graduate Assistantship at Texas Christian University! We are excited to see him perform with them at PASIC in November 2015!
The SUU Percussion Studio went to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention! It was four days on workshops, concerts and all things percussion! We also got to take some photos with out favorite artists!