Dr. Alison Shaw earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment to The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2004, Dr. Alison Shaw served on the music faculties of Michigan State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Eastern New Mexico University and The Interlochen Center for the Arts. She serves on the summer faculty of the International Music Camp in the International Peace Gardens on the border of North Dakota, USA and Manitoba, Canada, where she has directed the mallet percussion workshop since 2011. Dr. Shaw enjoys an established reputation as a virtuoso percussionist, master teacher and clinician. She has embraced chamber music, orchestral performance and solo artistry, and has distinguished herself as an award-winning soloist and an acclaimed interpreter of new music. She has premiered a combination of over 30 solo and chamber works throughout the United States and Europe, and her solo CD Signs of Intelligent Life is released on the Eroica Classics label. Her 2nd solo CD Cadenza, Fugue and Boogie, is scheduled for release in October 2014 and will include 4 world-premiere recordings. An advocate of contemporary music, she served as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Quorum Chamber Arts Collective, a mixed-instrumentation chamber ensemble. During its 15 years of touring and performing contemporary chamber music, Quorum commissioned 18 new works for its instrumentation, and recorded an award-winning compact disc, Cold Water, Dry Stone-The works of Evan Chambers on the Albany label. Shaw also tours extensively with the percussion/tuba duo, Balance, a collaboration that has produced several commissions for this unique combination in addition to transcriptions of popular and folk music. She has also served as principal percussionist or timpanist with many American orchestras, and currently serves as principal timpanist with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra in Oshkosh. She also tours internationally and records as principal timpanist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Her recordings can be heard on the Eroica Classics, Dorian, Albany, Equilibrium, Mark, BBC and FIM labels. She has served on the International Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Board of Directors and has also served as the Chairperson of PAS College Pedagogy Committee. Prior to her appointment to the PAS board of directors, she served as an associate editor for Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society. Shaw is a performer/endorser for Encore Mallets, and is a clinician and endorser for Sabian Cymbals, Remo and Black Swamp Percussion.
Bill Shaltis is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis and Principal Timpani of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. Shaltis was Principal Timpani of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Percussion/Assistant Timpani of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony.
Shaltis has performed with the Kansas City, Utah, Memphis, Portland (ME), Lansing, Jackson (MI), and Detroit Civic Symphonies, as well as Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Musica Viva, Granite State Opera, and Orchestra Kentucky. Shaltis has performed timpani concerti with the Boise Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, University of Evansville, and Jackson Concert Band.
Shaltis is a sought-after clinician and performer throughout North America, Europe, and China. Notable performances include the Aspen and Atlantic Music Festivals, the 1st International Timpani Competition in Paris, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival in China. He has performed and presented at several PASIC’s and the NAfME and Midwest International Conferences. In addition, Shaltis created the video podcast series Good Beats (available on iTunes) and The Solo Timpanist.
An advocate of chamber music, Shaltis co-founded the First Tuesdays faculty chamber music series at the University of Evansville, co-founded the percussion trio Drei Schellen and is a member of the Verde Percussion Group in Boise. Notable composer collaborations include Michael Daugherty, George Tsontakis, Narong Prangcharoen, Andrew Thomas, Lowell Liebermann, Jim Cockey, Michael Miller, and Chad Rehmann. A diverse percussionist, Shaltis has performed with the Kansas City Chiefs Drumline, Royal Thunder Drumline, Marimba Sol de Chiapas, the New England Mehterhane Janissary Band, the Capitol City and Bend in the River Brass Bands, and the John Hussmann Trio. He can be heard on commercial recordings with Michigan State University, percussionist Andrew Beall, composer Patrick Chan, and the premiere recording of Chen Yi's Ba Yin with the PRISM saxophone quartet.
Shaltis previously taught at Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was awarded the Muriel Kauffman Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Prior to Kansas City, he was the Consortium Instructor of Percussion at the University of Evansville. Other notable appointments included serving on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Wesley Shepard Honor Band, and co-creating the award-winning Drum Club for at-risk youths in the Evansville area.
Shaltis received his DMA from UMKC, MM from the Boston Conservatory, and BM from Michigan State University.
Shaltis is a proud performing artist/clinician for Grover Pro Percussion, Remo, Yamaha, and Zildjian.
JASON GINTER is the owner of JGpercussion and Ginter Timpani. Created in 2008, JGpercussion specializes in creating hand-made timpani mallets and percussion products. Ginter Timpani is dedicated to creating the highest quality handmade timpani drums. Both companies are based in San Diego, California.
Formerly the Principal Timpanist of the San Diego Symphony, he has performed with orchestras throughout the country including with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony. He has held the position of Principal Timpanist with the Peoria Symphony and the Duluth-Superior Symphony.
In June 2015 Jason performed as a member of Red Fish Blue Fish, the acclaimed percussion ensemble in-residence at the University of California-San Diego. The group was featured at the Ojai Music Festival, performing works by Boulez, Varese, Chavez and Ginastera--curated by percussionist Steven Schick.
In April 2012 Jason was a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on the Symphonies for Youth: Minimalist Juxebox concert series, performing the Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Philip Glass.
A native of Elyria Ohio, Jason began playing the drums at age 12. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Rusty Burge. Jason is also a protégé of Timothy Adams, former timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has performed as a percussion fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Dr. Diana Loomer is an active percussionist and music educator. In addition to her private lesson studio, she is a percussion instructor at Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University. She was the timpanist for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2012, and has since developed a passion for "melodic timpani" playing. She is currently working to expand both the potential of the instrument, and the repertoire for this new field.