Encore Signature Artists


 
 
 

nancy zeltsman

Nancy Zeltsman is a leading marimba performer, recording artist, teacher, author and festival director. She has premiered over 125 solo and chamber marimba works including pieces by Michael Tilson Thomas, Paul Simon, Gunther Schuller, Louis Andriessen, Carla Bley, Steven Mackey, Paul Lansky and Alejandro Viao. Zeltsman has presented recitals and marimba master classes across the U.S. and Europe, and in Japan, China, and Mexico.

She is Chair of the percussion department at Boston Conservatory at Berklee (since 2005), and a Professor at Berklee College of Music. Shes taught at both schools since 1993 when they created positions for her to teach marimba exclusively. In the fall of 2013, she was appointed regular guest professor of marimba at Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Since 2001, she has been Artistic Director of Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Inc., a (mostly) annual, two-week, summer seminar and concert series. ZMF 2017 will take place at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ from July 2-15. Details will be available in early 2017 at www.ZMF.us.

Her recordings include three solo marimba CDs; three CDs with the marimba/violin duo Marimolin; William Thomas McKinleys marimba concerto recorded with Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and a duo marimba CD with Jack Van
Geem. Zeltsmans marimba method, Four Mallet Marimba Playing: A Musical Approach for All Levels, is published by Hal Leonard Corporation. “Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba,” two volumes containing 24 marimba solos commissioned (through ZMF, with support from about 200 people), is published by C.F. Peters Corporation and recorded on a double-CD on Bridge Records.

Nancy lives in Boston, MA. 

 
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Nanae Mimura

After graduating from Kunitachi College of Music, Nanae moved to the United States where she earned a master’s degree at The Boston Conservatory. She studied under Nancy Zeltsman. While studying there, she also served as a faculty at the highly regarded Berklee College of Music. She had been an official faculty at Berklee until 2004. Having won many international competitions in her school years, Nanae has been praised for her brilliant technique and rich, dynamic sound full of emotion. She is only the 3rd person ever to be awarded the Premio Alosi (Switzerland). She also won the prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York in 1999. Thanks to that meteoric rise she was able to have her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York, a site that is aspiration of musicians all over the world. She has made her name know around the world as an international Japanese artist.

While holding most of her concerts in the U.S. she has also been invited to play in Guatemala, where the marimba is a national symbol as well as playing with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica in the government-sponsored International Festival of Music.  As an international ambassador, she was invited to Columbia, Honduras, Panama and Turkey. She enjoyed performing with local musicians as a cultural exchange program. She held many concerts during tour and welcomed thousands of audience. In all she has been invited to perform in concerts in over 20 countries so far.  As a jury member she was invited to Latin America Marimba Competition in Mexico and Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium in 2013 and the 3rd Italy International Percussion Festival and Competition in 2016.  In Japan, she has released the albums “Marimba Spiritual”,”Universe” and Prana from Sony Records and her 4th solo album Marimba Crystal has been released from Octavia Records in December, 2016.

Since changing her base of activities to Japan in 2006, she has been playing many concerts (solo recitals, concerto concerts or chamber concerts) and had hosted classical and cross over music radio show for 3 years at FM Yokohama.

In 2010, she commissioned marimba concerto to Japanese acclaimed composer, Takashi Yoshimatsu and premiered Marimba Concerto Bird Rhythmics Op. 109 with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and following Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

The live recording with Yamagata Symphony Orchestra has been released from Columbia Records in Japan in 2014. Since 2015, she started her own marimba seminar, Yatsugatake Marimba Camp in Nagano where she grew up. This camp includes group lessons, private lessons, master classes, faculty concert, participants concert and volunteer concerts at hospitals. Yamaha artist.

 
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Naoko Takada

Naoko Takada was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her 2004-2005 season started with Paul Newmans Gala Event where she had a stage with Hollywood stars Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Danny Glover and others. She appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Houston Symphony; China National Symphony Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, SanAngelo Symphony, DuPage Symphony; Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Tokyo Chamber Orchestra; Xalapa Symphony (Mexico).

She had appeared in many mass media including WQXR (NY radio), WGBH (Boston radio) , LA Japanese radio, RTHK (Hong Kong radio). In 2003, she had a showcase concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Kentucky. In 2004, she appeared as a guest performer in the Belgium International Marimba Festival. She had taught masterclasses in Veracruzana del Universidad in Mexico, China Central Conservatory of Music in China and many universities throughout the USA along her solo concert tour. In 2002, she was an instructor of marimba at the Ju Percussion Groups Summer Camp in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2003, she taught marimba at KOSA International Workshops and Festival at Vermont, USA. She will be at Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival this summer. Naoko Takada is a Yamaha performing artist and an endorser of Encore Mallets, Inc. She now resides in Los Angeles and Tokyo where she works with private students in her spare time.

She won First Prize in the Young Concert Artist International Audition and also awarded the Beracasa Foundation Prize. She had a debut at the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, Tokyo, 92nd Street Y in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Gardena Museum in Boston. Her successful recitals were reviewed in many newspapers and magazines. Her other awards include First Prize in the nationally known Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, the Sorantin Young Artist award International competition, and the Japan International League of Artists Competition.

At the age of eight, Naoko began studying marimba with Akiko Suzuki. Naoko attended Tokyo Metropolitan International High School, majoring in International Studies. In 1995, she went to Waseda University, where she majored in Psychology. In 1996, she gave her first solo marimba recital in Tokyo. In 1996-97, she was selected to be an exchange student to the United States, and received a full scholarship to study percussion with Karen Ervin-Pershing at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). During her time as an exchange student, she won the CSUN Concerto Competition and the CSUN California Music Scholarship. She also won the Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society. In 1997, she officially changed her major to Music Performance. That year, she won the Music Etude Endowment from CSUN and the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) Best Instrumentalist Scholarship. She was presented with her award at the SAI Winners Recital in California. After her graduation from California State University Northridge, she earned her MM at Ithaca College under the instruction of Gordon Stout, an internationally famous marimba player. She received a scholarship and an assistantship from Ithaca College. As part of her assistantship at Ithaca, she was given the opportunity of teaching a percussion course, fulfilling her dream of becoming a teacher. After completing her MM at Ithaca, Takada studied with Nancy Zeltsman in Boston.

 
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Kana Omori

Kana completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Osaka College of Music. Additionally, Ms. Omori completed a graduate degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany in the class of Prof. Dr. Peter Sadlo. She has been awarded several prizes, including the First Prize at the International Music Competition in Kobe, Japan in 2006 and the First Prize and Absolute Prize at the International Percussion Competition in Italy, in 2010, where she was also awarded a special prize from jury member N. J. Zivkovic.

In 2011 she was awarded the Cultural Prize of the city of Kyoto.

Ms. Omori has performed as a marimba soloist with many orchestras throughout Japan and has appeared on several Japanese television and radio broadcasts. She has given recitals in several countries including Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and USA.
She also gave solo concerts and clinics at several Universities in USA Switzerland and Japan. She was a member of jury for the final round of The Japan Classical Music Competition.

Ms. Omori has released three solo marimba albums, Je Te Veux, Cappriccio Grazioso and Siguiriya Gitana. She has also published a book of her arrangements for marimba, Masterpieces of Classical Music on Marimba Vol. 1 and a collection of essays Meine Trume (My Dreams) .

Ms. Omori endorses Korogi Musical Instruments, Encore Mallets Inc, and Fall Creek Marimbas, Inc. Fall Creek Marimbas has designed a new glockenspiel model named after Kana Omori – the KANA Glock.

Valerie Naranjo

Valerie has been the Percussionist in the Saturday Night Live Band for 21 years, and in the pit orchestra of Broadway’s “The Lion King nearly as long. She was mentored by the late gyil Maestro Kakraba Lobi, with whom she toured for seven years. She affected a decree within the Council of Elders and Lawra, Ghana’s Chief Karbo, that the ban on women playing gyil in public be lifted so that she could participate in their annual Kobine Festival of Traditional Performing Arts. She and Barry Olsen were honored, in 1996, with the only First Place Award at that festival ever given to non-West African perfomers. RG productions film Knock on Wood documents this activity, and has appeared in documentary film festivals internationally. Valerie has performed with such artists as Carole King, Selena, Airto Moriera, Glen Velez, David Byrne, Zakir Hussein, The Philip Glass Ensemble, and The Paul Winter Consort. She co-leads Mandara, an African imbued jazz quintet of vocalists/multi-instrumentalists. Drum! magazine reader’s poll named Valerie “World Music Percussionist of the Year”

2005 and 2008, and “Mallet Player of the Year” 2012. She teaches West African Percussion at NYU, and has performed and taught internationally, including nine African countries, and in such situations and locations as ten PASIC conventions; The 2010 Winter Olympics and Vancouver Jazz Festival in Vancouver; New York’s Lincoln Center, City Center, and Carnegie Hall; London’s Royal Festival Hall; The Johannesburg Civic Theatre; The Grahamstown and Arts Alive Festivals (South Africa); and Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival. Valerie holds a BA in vocal and instrumental music education from The University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s degree in percussion performance from Ithaca College. In 1999 she founded the company Mandara Music and has thereby published several recordings, The series “West African Music for the Marimba Soloist”, and “Joro” a collection of concerti for gyil and orchestra, available from Bachovich Publications.

 
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Akiko Goto (also known as Akiko Iino and Akiko Iino-Goto) is an active freelancing percussion performer and educator in Tokyo, Japan. As an educator, Goto has given numerous clinics, with a notable presentation at the 2014 Japan Band Clinic. Goto has been committed to bringing new works to life over the past two decades,
having commissioned and premiered solo and chamber works of composers such as Takaoki Ishihara, Yo Goto, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Brian Nozny. Goto also plays as a member of Shiniti Ueno & Phonix Reflexion Marimba Orchestra and released two CDs from ALM Records. As a soloist, Goto was described as a “…demure Japanese woman [who] amazed us with her dexterity, wealth of emotion and technical expertise” by the Greenville Community News in 2006. Goto received her BM from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and her MM and DMA from University of North Texas.

 
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Robert oetomo

Indonesian-born Australian percussionist and composer Robert Oetomo (b. 1988) is an active freelancer as a soloist, chamber musician, composer and an educator. He has been invited as special guest artist to perform and present masterclasses in numerous festivals and universities around the world including the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in Germany, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia, the 1st Qingdao International Percussion Festival 2014 in China and the 9th Tabasco International Marimba Festival 2015 in Mexico.

As a performer, Robert has  toured extensively and performed in Europe, America, Asia and Australia with different orchestras and ensembles. He has accumulated numerous national and international prizes and awards including 1st Prize in both the Open Marimba and Open Vibraphone category of the 2010 Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, 2nd Prize in the 2008 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award, 3rd Prize in the Vibraphone category of the 2011 Percussive Arts Society Italy International Percussion Competition, the ‘Just Percussion Marimba Prize for Outstanding Performance’ at the Australian Percussion Gathering 2010 and many more. A versatile percussionist, Robert has performed with different orchestras and ensembles including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and Synergy Percussion.

As a composer, Robert passionately advocates the development of percussion music. He has composed numerous works for percussion which have been performed all over the world. In 2015, he was commissioned by the Australian Marimba Competition 2015 to write a compulsory Australian piece (Étude de Paganini), for which he was also a jury member of the competition panel. His first symphonic work, Spirit of The Dreaming with solo didgeridoo, was premiered at the 2008 Aurora Music Festival in Sydney, Australia. Later that year, it was performed again with renowned didgeridoo soloist, William Barton. Robert was selected for the 2010 Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra Composers’ Workshop program during which he composed his orchestral work, Reflections on an Islandʼs Landscape, under the mentorship of composer Nigel Butterley and John Peterson. His works are published by Edition Svitzer (Denmark) and Tapspace Publications (USA). Robert is an Encore Mallets, Inc. endorser and is a Marimba One Discovery Artist.

"As a percussionist and a composer, I am all about sound.  Whether I am performing or composing, I look for the best possible way to create the best sound.  And it is with Encore Mallets that I am able to produce the best sound on the marimba.  I am able to articulate, orchestrate and express whatever it is I have to play on the instrument.  It is like being the conductor of a great orchestra; your artistic vision is limitless. Anything and everything is possible with Encore Mallets!"

 
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Le Yu

Born in China, Le began his percussion studies at age 14 at the Xian Conservatory of Music High School with Prof. YaGuang Liu. In 2007 Le commenced his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music(RNCM) with a full scholarship, and in 2012 earned his Master of Music with Distinction and Bachelor of Music with Honours . In 2013 July Le received the first RNCMs prestigious International Artist Diploma(IAD) in Solo Percussion, During his studies Yamaha is his full scholarship sponsor. As the first solo IAD percussionist at the RNCM, he worked with Keiko Abe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ian Wright, Simone Rebello, Eric Sammut and Michael Burritt. Currently Le is the Honorary Associate Artist at Royal Northern College of Music and 2016 World Percussion Group Soloist, Le is also a adjudicator for the China National Youth Percussion Competition and Southern Percussion International Tuned Percussion Competition. In 2015 Le has been endorsed by the Arts Council England as an Exceptional Talent Musician to live and work in the UK.

Le Yu has earned accolades in various competitions around the world, including the Gold Medal of China National Youth Percussion Competition in Shanghai; the Winner of the 7th Italy International Percussion Competition; Best Percussion Award with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band at 2012 World Brass in Concert; the winner of RNCM Concerto Competition in 2007,2009 and 2014; and Solo Percussion Competition 2008 and 2010; Le has won the first prize at the 2013 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition in London.

Le performs in many concert halls in the UK and Worldwide such as Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, KKL Luzern, The Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, St. Davids Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Volkswagen Lounge, Xian Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Yamaha Hall Tokyo. He has also Performed on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Chinese, HZTV(China) and CCTV Music. He made his debut Tour in Switzerland opening the Lucerne International Chamber Music Series in 2014.

As a concerto soloist, Le has performed the Rosauro Marimba Concerto at the CCTV (China Central Television) Summer Music Festival, and with the RNCM String Orchestra on their 2010 Tour of China also at the RNCM Day of Percussion. In 2011 he has performed Keiko Abes Prism Rhapsody 2 with RNCM Wind Orchestra. And in June 2013 Le has performed Koppel Marimba Concerto with Manchester Camerata at the Chester Music Festival. In May 2015 Le UK premiered Keiko Abes The Wave marimba concerto with RNCM Symphony Orchestra in Manchester and been invited to play this concerto with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at KKL Lucerne, Switzerland in March 2016.

Le is also an excellent chamber musician, the founder of the Aurora Percussion Duo. The duos success has led them to perform for the British Royal Family at Queen Elizabeth Hall, following their win at the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition. They have been invited to play in the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Music Festival, NewBury International Music Festival, Festival No.6 ,Buxton Music Festival and many more cross the UK. The duo also is the winner of 2013 Park Lane Group New Year Young Artist Series.

Since 2010, Le Yu has been an Endorser and Performing Artist of Encore Mallets Inc, Encore have made his signature mallets in May 2015. he is also a Yamaha Artist and a Sabian Artist.

 
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Anthony Di Sanza

Anthony has performed and presented master classes throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has appeared as a visiting artist at over 50 colleges, universities, and conservatories and has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician in some of the worlds most important concert halls. Active in a variety of Western and non-Western percussive styles, he can be heard on many internationally distributed CD recordings with various artists. In review of his 2011 solo CD release, On the nature of, All Music Guide writes; Di Sanza dazzles not only in the assurance and polish of his playing but in his tremendous vitality and spontaneity.

Di Sanza currently serves as principal percussionist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and his percussion compositions (published by Tapspace, Alfred & HoneyRock) have been performed internationally. Anthony has a signature line of marimba mallets distributed by Encore Mallets and Black Swamp Percussion produces the Di Sanza Triangle Trigger, which he designed in collaboration with Black Swamp.

Anthony holds degrees from Youngstown State University (BME) and the University of Michigan (MM, DMA). Currently Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin?Madison, Anthony is an endorser of Encore Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian Cymbals and Remo Drumheads, as well as an educational endorser of Pro-Mark Drumsticks.

 

 

Bryan Carrott

Bryan Carrott is an internationally renowned vibraphonist/mallet percussionist, who performs, records, and tours extensively in the jazz idiom. A prolific composer and improviser as well, Mr. Carrott is also an accomplished pianist. Bryan began percussion studies at New Yorks High School of Music and Art and continued at the Manhattan School of Music. He then went on to study at Brooklyn College under New York Philharmonic percussionist Morris Lang and William Paterson College, where he studied with Dave Samuels. Bryan completed degrees in Jazz Studies and Jazz Performance.

A two-time recipient of New Yorks Meet the Composer Foundation, Bryan has been cited by Down Beat Magazines International Critics Poll seven of the last nine years for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in the vibes category. Mr. Carrott was featured in the concert film The Lounge Lizards Live in Berlin, as well as several television programs including BETs JAZZ CENTRAL. Bryan can also be seen performing on marimba with Don Byron and Harvey Kietel in the film, Lulu on the Bridge. He spent two years as a featured mallet percussionist for Disneys Broadway production of The Lion King and most recently performed with Branford Marsalis and his Quartet on the original soundtrack music composed by Marsalis for the Spike Lee produced film, 3 A.M..

As a sideman Bryan has played with many top jazz groups including James Spaulding, Benny Powell, The Lounge Lizards, Kimati Dinizulu, and Roy Campbell. In recent years, he has been recording and performing with David Fathead Newman, Muhal Richard Abrahms, Butch Morris, The Jazz Passengers, Bob Moses, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Henry Threadgill, Dave Douglas, Yoron Israel Connection, and Charlie Hunter. These performances include dates in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. In the Summer of 2006, Carrott is stated to perform with the world renown Ju Percussion Group in Teipei. Carrott has also collaborated with pianist/composer Riccardo Fassi for successful tours and festival performances in Italy. An original member of The Ralph Peterson Fotet, Bryan has composed, performed, and recorded with the group for the last ten years.

As a composer, Bryan has performed and presented his original music throughout the U.S., Europe and on recordings with the Fotet and vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd, all to critical acclaim. He also performs and tours with his own groups the Bryan Carrott Trio, Quartet, and Quintet. Bryan performs and records exclusively with the Ross R715G vibraphone and R420W marimba.

 
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DOUG WALTER

Professor of Percussion Douglas Walter is the only marimba and vibraphone artist to have won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC. He has performed over 300 solo recitals and concerti throughout 40 states, Canada, Brazil and 8 countries in Europe, in addition to international conventions of the Percussive Arts Society, International Association of Jazz Educators and MENC.

An accomplished orchestral musician, Dr. Walter has performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth, Oregon, Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestras. He is Principal with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival and Sunriver Music Festival Orchestras. He has toured for 20 years with the Westminster Brass.

As a jazz musician he has recorded (on drum set and vibes) with Michael Pagan, the UNT 1:00 Lab Band, the Modest Jazz Trio, the Lawless Jazz ensemble, The CU Jazz Asylum Faculty Quintet, the DAD Trio and the Doug Walter Vibraphone Trio. Dr. Walter holds a dual BM degree from North Texas State U., summa cum laude, two Masters degrees (orchestral conducting and percussion) from the University of Michigan and a DMA degree from Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel and David Samuels.

Dr. Walters compositions are published by Dutch Music Partners, Matrix Publishing and Alfred. He endorses Encore Mallets, Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Mallet Instruments.

 
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Dr. Juan Alamo

"Álamo's concentration and musicality cast a spell over the young audience..... and he was a charming presence in talking about the works he was presenting. A lovely and memorable evening".  Tom Moore - CVNC

Dr. Juan Álamo is an internationally known performer, composer, and educator. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with Jazz as related field from the University of North Texas.

Originally from Cidra, Puerto Rico, Dr. Álamo has presented solo recitals at universities and percussion and jazz festivals throughout the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. He has been featured as a soloist and with Jazz ensembles in television and radio shows in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and the United States. Currently Juan is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Percussion Ensemble at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

As a Marimba soloist and percussionist, Alamo has presented recitals in different areas of United States, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Dr. Alamo has been featured in TV and Radio shows in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and United States.  Also he has performed and shared the stage with renowned artist such as Keiko Abe, William Cahn, Ney Rosauro, Orlando Cotto, Steve Shick, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, John Wooton, Dave Samuels, Tom Toyama, Dan Moore, Michael Spiro, Ted Piltzecker and famous conductors such as Sergiu Comissiona and Krzyszt Penderecki. 

His début solo marimba recording “Remembrance” was released in 2007 and featured standard marimba literature and original compositions. In 2014, Dr. Alamo  released his second CD, entitled “Marimjazzia”, featuring original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards such as Afro Blues and Waltz for Debby.  Also as a composer, Dr. Alamo has several pieces published by major publishing companies such as; Innovative Percussion, Drop 6 Media and Mallet Work Inc. He has also collaborated with Arthur Lipner in the creation of the jazz vibes book “Milt Jackson - Transcribed Solos of the Master”. In 2011, Dr. Alamo released his marimba method entitled; "Music for Four Mallet" A collection of original etudes for beginners and intermediate marimba players.  In 2014 Encore Mallets released his Signature Marimba Mallets which can be purchased at Steve Weiss Music. Dr. Alamo is a performing artist and clinician  for Yamaha , Meinl Percussion and Encore Mallets Inc.

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NICK PeTRELLA

Nick Petrella is the Director of Education for Sabian Ltd. He maintains a full schedule as a performer and has commissioned and premiered over a dozen new compositions. Nick has many solo, chamber and large ensemble performances to his credit. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa, a Master of Music from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Nick was on the faculty of Oakland University from 2002 to 2006. He was the Director of Percussion Studies at Texas Christian University from 1996 to 2001. In 1998, the TCU Percussion Ensemble performed as the first percussion ensemble invited to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. During the 1992-93 academic year, Nick was invited to develop the percussion pedagogy course at the Royal Northern College of Music, England. It was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. He was the percussion coach for two consecutive years with the World Youth Orchestra, in Switzerland and Taiwan, and has been an adjudicator for many marching, solo and percussion ensemble competitions throughout the US.

Committed to percussion education, Nick has published numerous articles in US and European music journals. He is the author of two Carl Fischer publications: The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals w/DVD and The Multiple-Percussion Book w/CD, which has been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. He holds nine designs for sticks, mallets and percussion accessories currently on the market, and has been a consultant to many companies in the music industry. Nick is a Yamaha performing artist and has appeared as a clinician, teacher and performer throughout North America, Europe and Asia.