The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance (UO-SOMD) Percussion Area offers studies with our world-renowned faculty in an open and exciting learning environment. Degrees in music performance and music education are offered at the bachelors, master's, and doctoral (primary and supporting) levels.


Pius Cheung, Associate Professor of Percussion
Ian Kerr, Associate Professor of Percussion
Gary Hobbs, Instructor of Jazz Drumset



Weekly lessons on solo, chamber, and symphonic percussion playing. Lesson curricula are individually designed with each student, covering the broad skills needed to be a successful 21st-century percussionist while leaving creative space for an individual to pursue areas of personal interest. Our program also features a unique annual composition project as part of percussion studio lessons.

UO Percussion Ensemble

UO Percussion Ensemble is a vital part of our percussion program. Repertoire range from percussion classics and transcriptions to contemporary works by 20th/21st-century composers.

John Cage
"Living Room Music – Stories"
Christopher Rouse
Pius Cheung
"Tesla’s Harmony"
Pius Cheung

Pius Cheung
"Heaven and Earth" (Concert Preview)

Ballet for percussion ensemble and dancers
featuring marimba soloist Eriko Daimo and special guest, Prof. Brian McWhorter

Our Students

Percussion students at the SOMD engage in a vibrant performance environment both on and
off-campus. In 2019, we began a performance video series in partnership with Innovative Percussion.

J. S. Bach
Cello Suite No. 5 in c minor - Prelude
(David Lee)

Gene Koshinski
"As One"

(Chandler Larsen and David Lee)

Askell Maason

(Chandler Larsen)

Master Classes

Weekly masterclasses with our faculty and guest artists. 
Past guest artists include:

  • Eriko Daimo (New York University, Juilliard pre-college)
  • Casey Cangelosi (James Madison University)
  • Michael Udow (University of Michigan, retired)
  • Don Liuzzi (Philadelphia Orchestra)
  • Mark Ford (University of North Texas)
  • Jessica Ingalls (Pilates instructor, Threshold Fitness)
  • Jordan Brooks (Stomp)
  • Sean Perham (Stomp)
  • Victor Mendoza (Berklee College of Music)
  • Eguie Castrillo (Berklee College of Music)
  • Robert van Sice (Yale, Peabody)
  • Colin Currie (world-renowned percussion soloist)
  • Frederic Macarez (Paris Conservatory, Orchestre da Paris, retired)
  • Third Coast Percussion Group
  • Mark Ramirez (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
  • Conrado Moya (marimba artist)
  • Gifford Howarth (renowned marching percussionist)
  • Nicholas Papador (University of Windsor)
  • Stuart Gerber (Georgia State University)
  • Kazutaka Morita (Finnish Radio Symphony)
  • Doug Walter (University of Colorado)
  • Aiyun Huang (University of Toronto)
  • Kevin Bobo (Indiana University)
  • Line Upon Line Percussion Group

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Percussion students participate in various ensembles at UO, including:

  • Oregon Wind Ensemble
  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Symphony
  • UO Percussion Ensemble
  • Chamber music
  • Gamelan Ensemble
  • Jazz ensembles
  • Oregon Marching Band
  • Athletic bands
  • Campus Band 

For more information

For percussion related questions and inquiries, please contact percussion area chair, Dr. Pius Cheung.