The Furman University Percussion Ensemble performs a wide variety of literature while also dedicating itself to the commissioning, performing, and recording of new works from a diverse body of living composers. The ensemble’s accolades include performing a feature performance at the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and recording works for “The John Psathas Percussion Project: Volume 1” released through Navona Records. Gramaphone magazine has hailed the recording as having “superbly rendered performances [that] match any of their competitors. We all need a little bit of percussion in our lives, and this fits the bill splendidly.”
As part of a long-standing collaboration with the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities, the ensemble has also become known for its performances of ecoacoustic music, helping promote Furman’s standing as one of the nation’s academic leaders in sustainability. Recent projects include the commissioning and premiering of the concert-length outdoor work Inuksuit by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer John Luther Adams, and a 2019 premiere recording of the music of Matthew Burtner including Avian Telemetry, an interdisciplinary work written expressly for the ensemble. This recording, released through Ravello Records, has been hailed as “a firm commentary about human’s place in nature… an absorbing and enlightening experience that you can’t help but admire.”
Alumni from the ensemble can be found at top graduate programs across the country - including the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, Florida State University, University of Texas-Austin, among others - while also working in a variety of musical careers including with the Grammy-Award winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion, to teaching at all levels of education locally, nationally, and internationally.
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