George Mason University Percussion Ensemble
George Mason University Percussion Ensemble, John Kilkenny, Director
John Kilkenny enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes work as a performer, conductor, educator, and arts administrator. Currently, Kilkenny is Director of Percussion Studies and Conductor of the Symphonic Winds at George Mason University. Under his direction, the group has toured the Pacific Northwest to perform at the Western International Band Conference and enjoyed featured appearances at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, College Music Society, Mid-Atlantic Conference, and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Mason Percussion Group completed a tour of Costa Rica. Kilkenny has performed with the Washington National Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, 21st Century Consort, Verge Ensemble, and appeared regularly as a soloist and chamber music performer across the United States. He has also served as Artist in Residence at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and clinician for the Music for All National Percussion Festival. Kilkenny received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and his master’s degree from Temple University.
Session: Focus Day Performance Piece
“Darkness” by Franco Donatoni
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Session: New Percussion Literature Showcase
“Mapping the Universe — Organizing the Modern Literature for Maximum Pedagogical Effect”
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George Mason University, Yamaha Corporation of America, Vic Firth Company, Zildjian Company, Remo Inc.