Percussion Studio : Faculty

*Payton MacDonald, Area Coordinator
Payton MacDonald is a composer/improviser/interpreter. He has created a unique body of work that draws upon his extensive experience with East Indian tabla drumming, American military rudimental drumming, Jazz, European classical music, and the American experimental tradition. He works across multiple musical genres, often at the same time. Several recordings of MacDonald's music exist, including the critically acclaimed Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla on the ATMA label. MacDonald recently performed his percussion concerto in Carnegie Hall with Alarm Will Sound and again at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. with the L.A. Philharmonic with John Adams conducting as part of the Green Umbrella series. The New York Times described him as an "energetic soloist." The Los Angeles Times described him as an ". . . inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer . . ." His music has also been described as ". . . engaging and utterly beautiful." (Sequenza 21) MacDonald has been a featured performer of his own music on festivals in Montreal (Voyages) and Minneapolis (Electric Eyes). Numerous ensembles have performed his music around the world, including Alarm Will Sound, Los Angeles Philharmonic, So Percussion, Quintet Mont Royal, Classical Jam, and tabla soloist Shawn Mativetsky. He has received grants and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, American Institute of Indian Studies, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and Ragdale. He has also composed music for the Silken Dance Company. As a performer he is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, a new-music group based in New York City. Alarm Will Sound is currently regarded as one of the foremost new music ensembles in the country and they have made five recordings, on the Nonesuch and Cantaloupe labels. The New York Times wrote that they are "the future of classical music." Alarm Will Sound has performed in the finest concert halls all over the world. MacDonald also frequently appears as a marimba soloist with Super Marimba. With Super Marimba MacDonald performs his own music using looping machines and delay pedals. MacDonald expands that project with the Super Marimba Band, which includes drums, bass, and two bari saxophones. He also performs full-length concerts of freely improvised music. As an interpreter he has commissioned works from other composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Robert Morris, Caleb Burhans, David Saperstein, and Stuart Saunders Smith. From 1994-2004 MacDonald performed with Verederos, a flute and percussion duo. Verederos recorded two CDs under the Equilibrium label. He has also appeared as a soloist in England and Croatia, performed with Present Music and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, and toured Japan with Keiko Abe and the Galaxy percussion group. MacDonald studied music at the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. His composition teachers include Sydney Hodkinson, Robert Morris, Dave Rivello, Bright Sheng, and Augusta Read Thomas. His percussion teachers include John Beck and Michael Udow. Further studies include tabla with Bob Becker and Pandit Sharda Sahai. MacDonald is a disciple of Mr. Sahai.
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John Ferrari
John Ferrari is active in classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, film, television, dance music, and the avant-garde. He performs and gives master classes nationally and abroad, and appears on dozens of recordings as percussionist, drummer and conductor. He is a founding member of the Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, a regular guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Northwest and has been a member of Meridian Arts Ensemble since 1993. In fall 2007 he joins the faculty of Manhattan School of Music's Masters in Contemporary Performance program. He holds DMA and MM degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BM from William Paterson University where he has served on the performing arts faculty since 2002.

Peter Jarvis
Director of the New Music Series at William Paterson University and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Peter Jarvis is active as a teacher, percussionist, conductor, director, clinician, composer and copyist. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor with any number of new music groups in New York, New Jersey, throughout the USA and abroad. Countless pieces have been composed for him and/or his ensemble by composers from all over the world. He has premiered well over 100 pieces and has recorded extensively for, NAXOS, Kotch International, CRI and several other recording labels. His compositions are published by Calabrese Brothers Music.

Gary Van Dyke
Gary Van Dyke is an accomplished percussionist who is active as a performer, conductor and educator. He studied percussion with Raymond DesRoches for six years and earned music degrees from William Paterson College and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Van Dyke performs and conducts with the New Jersey New Music Ensemble and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. He can be heard on Nonesuch, Composer's Recording Inc., New World and Capstone recording labels with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble under Charles Wuorinen, Harvey Solberger and Raymond DesRoches. Mr. Van Dyke has held teaching positions since 1978 and currently teaches/conducts for the Teaneck Public School system in New Jersey, serving seven schools, grades 4 - 12, and is an Adjunct Faculty at William Paterson University, conducting and performing new music and percussion ensemble literature. Mr. Van Dyke makes his home in Ramsey, New Jersey with his wife, Linea and their three children, Amanda, Kyle and Briana.

* Full-time faculty