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Latest audition news from the CSU Percussion Department:
CONGRATULATIONS TO:
  • Andrew Boynton for becoming music director of The Salvation Army of Greater Manhattan
  • Colin Hartnett for making semi finals in the Montreal Symphony percussion/assistant principal timpani audition.
  • Alison Chorn for winning the section percussion audition with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
  • Billy Kaufman for advancing to finals in the United States Army Field Band section percussion audition.
  • Andrew Boynton for making semi finals in the Utah symphony assistant timpani/section percussion audition.
  • Andrew Boynton for making semi finals for Erie Philharmonic Principal Timpani audition.
  • Andrew Boynton for making finals for Albany Symphony Principal Timpani audition.
  • Andrew Boynton for making finals for Detroit Symphony Principal Timpani audition.
  • Colin Hartnett for making finals/runner up in the Royal Swedish Opera co principal timpani audition.
  • Colin Hartnett for making finals in the Erie Philharmonic principal timpani audition.
  • Aaron McDonald for advancing to finals and being runner up in the MET Principal Timpani audition.
  • Alison Chorn who will be going to Aspen Music Festival and received the Charles Owen fellowship award.
  • Billy Kaufman who will be attending Texas Music Festival this summer.
  • Kelsey Lamb who will be attending Texas Music Festival this summer.
  • Theo Kalaitzis who will be attending Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival this summer.
  • Andrew Boynton for advancing to semi finals in the Utah Symphony Associate Principal Timpani/ Section Percussion audition.
  • Andrew Boynton for advancing to semi finals in the Baltimore Symphony Principal Timpani audition.
  • Andrew Boynton for advancing to semi finals in the Detroit Symphony Principal timpani audition.
  • Colin Hartnett for advancing to super finals in the Chicago Symphony Principal Timpani audition.
  • Colin Hartnett and Seth Bagwell in finals in the Chicago Symphony Principal Timpani audition.
  • Gard Garshol (CSU alum from Bergen Philharmonic), Dario Osorio and Andrew Boynton for advancing to semi finals in the Toronto Symphony Section Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani auditions. Special congratulations to Andrew Boynton for being one of only two finalists who will receive orchestra trials over the next few months!
  • Alison Chorn, Kelsey Lamb and Andrew Boynton for winning ALL available positions with the Mansfield Symphony. Alison Chorn principal percussion, Kelsey Lamb section percussion and Andrew Boynton Principal Timpani.
  • Joel Panian for being appointed to section percussion with the Jacksonville Symphony!
  • Feza Zweifel who just won the principal timpani audition in the Canadian Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa.
  • Colin Hartnett who just won principal timpani in Chattanooga Symphony.
  • Colin Hartnett, Seth Bagwell and Aaron Macdonald for advancing to semi finals in the Chicago Symphony Principal Timpani audition. Special congratulations to Colin Hartnett for making finals!
  • Mike Laubach for winning the principal timpani audition with the Virginia Symphony!
  • Colin Hartnett for advancing to semi finals in the Virginia Symphony principal timpani audition.
  • Joel Panian for winning one of the section percussion positions with the West Virginia Symphony.
  • Joel Panian and Colin Hartnett for both making finals in the Montreal Symphony assistant principal timpani and section percussion audition. Extra congratulations to Joel for being the only person in super finals.
  • Alison Chorn for being accepted to Music Academy of the West.
  • Mike Laubach for advancing to finals in the NAC Ottawa principal timpani audition.
  • Andrew Boynton for advancing to semi finals in the Chicago Civic principal timpani audition.
  • Alison Chorn for winning the CSU concerto competition!
  • Sergio Carreno for winning the section percussion assistant principal timpani audition with the Oregon Symphony.
  • Joel Panian for advancing to finals (Runner Up) in the Jacksonville Symphony Principal Percussion Audition and for advancing to semi finals in the Oregon Symphony Audition.
  • Jon Greeney for winning the principal timpani position with the Oregon Symphony.
  • Jon Greeney and Feza Zweifel for both being finalists in the Dallas Symphony principal timpani audition.
  • Aaron Williams for winning the principal percussion positions with both the Des Moines Symphony as well as the Quad City Symphony.
  • Allison Bent for advancing to semis in the Winnipeg Symphony national auditions for principal timpani.
  • Brittany Hoffman and Mike Laubach for advancing to semi finals in the Winnipeg Symphony international auditions for principal timpani.
  • Jon Greeney for advancing to semi finals in the Gothenberg Symphony percussion/assistant principal timpani audition (Sweden).
  • Jordan Wirth for advancing to semi finals in the Gothenberg Symphony percussion/assistant principal timpani audition (Sweden).
  • Brian Flescher for winning the principal timpani position with the New World Symphony.
  • Matt Bassett for winning the Buffalo Philharmonic principal timpani audition. We will miss Matt very much around here but are extremely happy for him!
  • Jon Greeney for making finals in the Syracuse Symphony percussion/assistant principal timpani audition.
  • Rob Knopper for being runner up in the New World Symphony section percussion audition.
  • Jordan Wirth for receiving a full time section percussion contract with the Toledo Symphony.
  • Leonardo Soto (private student and honorary department member after 3 years of study) for winning the Charlotte Symphony principal timpani audition! Congratulations also to Jon Greeney (runner up) and Matt Grubbs (MM CSU 2007) for making semi finals.
  • Matthew Bassett (MM CSU) for being one of two finalists left standing in the Buffalo Philharmonic principal timpani audition.  Live orchestra round TBA soon.
  • Jordan Wirth (MM CSU 2009) for advancing to semis finals in the Kansas City Symphony section percussion audition.
  • Jon Greeney  (MM CSU 2010) one of the few DVD's invited to audition for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra principal timpani audition.  First live rounds at the end of May.
  • Steve Logan (CSU Freshman) for winning the mock timpani audition last week at the PAS international convention in Austin!
  • Jordan Wirth (MM CSU 2009) for making semi finals in the San Diego Symphony Principal Percussion audition.
  • Aaron Williams (MM CSU 2009) for winning the Principal Percussion position with the Mansfield Symphony.
  • Luke Swearingen (MM CSU 2008) for winning the Section Percussion and Assistant Principal Timpani position with the Wichita Symphony...AND...the Section Percussion position with the Canton Symphony.
  • Mike Laubach for being runner up in the Chattanooga Symphony Principal Timpani audition.
  • Jordan Wirth (MM CSU 2009) for being a finalist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic percussion auditions.
  • NEW WORLD SYMPHONY PERCUSSION AUDITIONS RESULTS FOR CURRENT CSU STUDENTS. ADVANCING TO SEMI FINALS WERE: Jordan Wirth, Matt Grubbs, David Bergman and Aaron Williams with Jordan Wirth advancing on to finals. Pittsburgh Symphony percussion auditions results for current and former CSU percussion students. Advancing to the semi finals were:
    • Jordan Wirth
    • Matt Grubbs
    • Mark Libby (principal percussion Alabama Symphony)
    • Michael Lamattina (principal percussion Dayton Philharmonic)
    • John Martinich (percussion U. S. Navy Band)
    • Chris McLaurin (principal percussion Kansas City Symphony)
  • All of these guys for making a great showing and especially to Chris McLaurin for advancing on to finals.  
  • Aaron Macdonald for winning the principal timpani position with the Vancouver Symphony.
  • Former CSU student Mike Werner (section percussion Metropolitan Opera) is one of two finalists for the principal percussion position with the Seattle Symphony. Mike will return to Seattle in June for a week-long trial with the orchestra
  • CSU graduate Dave Salay has just won a section percussion position with the Louisiana Philharmonic.
  • CSU students Matt Grubbs and Mike Laubach were both semi-finalists at the San Diego Symphony Principal Timpani auditions
  • CSU students Aaron Williams, Matt Grubbs, David Bergman and Zack Frank are four out of five people invited to the second round of auditions for the West Point Military Academy Band. Next round is June 9th
  • CSU student Matt Grubbs was a finalist in the San Antonio Symphony Principal Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani audition. Special congratulations to Tom Freer's privat students Ya Chi Cheng (University of Michigan) for winning the audition and Paticio Henandez (Chile) for making semi-finals in his first U.S. audition ever!!
  • Patrick Schleker has been appointed Principal Timpanist of the Cincinnati Symphony.
  • Eric Garcia has been appointed Section Percussion with the West Point Military Academy Band.
  • Aaron MacDonald has been appointed Principal Timpanist with the Vancouver Symphony.
  • Christopher McLaurin has been appointed Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony.
  • Jordon Wirth, percussion graduate student, was named Principal Percussionist of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.



Past CSU percussion students hold positions as music educators, arts administrators, and in major orchestras and ensembles around the world, including: the Buffalo Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Air Force Band of Flight.

Click here to see the percussion curriculum at CSU. The CSU Percussion Department has a lot to offer serious students of percussion. Explore this site to learn about our program and feel free to contact us with further questions.




Tom Freer, Coordinator of Percussion Studies (Graduate Inquiries)

Matthew Bassett, Assistant Coordinator of Percussion Studies (Undergraduate Inquiries)

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Gwen Burgett, Percussion

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